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Over 50,000 Fans Attend First Two Days Of Racing At Oaklawn Park

Over 20,000 Thoroughbred racing fans showed up to Friday’s opening day card at Oaklawn Park, reports katv.com. “There are very few places that embrace horse racing the way that Hot Springs does,” Oaklawn Media Relations Manager, Jennifer Hoyt, told KATV. “We have the richest racing of this time of year, and that’s why horsemen are coming in […]

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Gold Street Leads All The Way For Derby Points In Smarty Jones

Despite wins over a sloppy surface in his last two starts and a muddy Oaklawn surface to contend with on Friday, Mike McCarty’s Gold Street was 10-1 on the tote board for the $150,000 Smarty Jones Stakes. The 3-year-old son of Street Boss was stretching out to a mile for the first time, but showed […]

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Oaklawn Will Split Fifth Season Stakes Into Two Eight-Horse Fields On Saturday

Oaklawn, which made history last year when it split the $1 million Rebel Stakes (G2) into two $750,000 divisions, is kicking off its 2020 season with another significant stakes split. On Saturday, Jan. 25 (the day after the live meet begins), Oaklawn will split the 31st running of the $100,000 Fifth Season into two $100,000 […]

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NYRA-Hosted Cross Country Pick 5 Returns February 1

The New York path to the Kentucky Derby trail continues on February 1 at the Big A with the 140th renewal of the Grade 3, $250,000 Withers, which offers 10-4-2-1 qualifying points to the top-four finishers. The Saturday, February 1 card will also feature the return of the popular Cross Country Pick 5, which in […]

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Oaklawn’s Smarty Jones Draws Nine In Search Of Derby Points

Nine horses, including four from Hall of Fame trainer Steve Asmussen, were entered Friday in the $150,000 Smarty Jones Stakes Jan. 24, a 1-mile race that is Oaklawn’s first of four Kentucky Derby points races. The Smarty Jones will go as the eighth race on the nine-race opening-day program, with probable post time 3:52 p.m. […]

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Shoplifted Among The Probables For Smarty Jones Stakes As Field Begins To Take Shape

The Oaklawn racing office listed seven horses late Thursday morning as probable for the $150,000 Smarty Jones Stakes Jan. 24, a 1-mile race that kicks off the local road to the $1 million Arkansas Derby (G1) April 11. Post positions for the Smarty Jones will be drawn Friday. The race will offer 17 points to […]

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‘More Opportunity Here’: Talamo Moves Tack To Arkansas/Kentucky Circuit

The Southern California invasion is underway at Oaklawn and among the big names already on the grounds in advance of the Jan. 24 opening is jockey Joe Talamo. Talamo’s resume includes an Eclipse Award as the country’s top apprentice jockey in 2007, a Breeders’ Cup triumph in 2009 and 2,003 victories and more than $100 […]

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Bravazo To Stay Home For Oaklawn Races Instead Of Pegasus, Middle East Tour

Calumet Farm’s homebred Bravazo will point for a less ambitious start to 2020 than originally planned, skipping the Pegasus World Cup for starters and racing at Oaklawn Park, journalist Robert Yates reported Tuesday. Just last week, trainer D. Wayne Lukas said the 5-year-old son of Awesome Again would be headed to South Florida for the […]

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Trainer Ortiz Looking To Build On Success Of 2019 Oaklawn Meet

Trainer Johnny Ortiz’s goal for the 2019 Oaklawn meeting was 15 victories. Although Ortiz finished with 14, the total still represented a personal best at the Hot Springs, Ark., track and resulted in a ninth-place spot in the standings. “I don’t want to necessarily say a number for wins, but you always want to outdo […]

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