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Sports Wagering Era Opens In Arkansas At Oaklawn Park

Oaklawn has become the first in Arkansas to offer sports wagering with the opening Monday of its newly remodeled Race & Sports Book in the north end of the casino. The Race & Sports Book offers teller wagering as well as fast, user-friendly kiosks and is open seven days a week.  Fans can now place […]

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Oaklawn: Rebel Could Be Split To Help California Horsemen With Derby Hopefuls

In an unprecedented move, the Oaklawn Jockey Club announced today that it stands ready to split the $1 million Rebel Stakes on Saturday, March 16. The announcement came just hours after Santa Anita racetrack in California announced it is suspending racing indefinitely due to poor weather and track conditions. The Santa Anita suspension has the […]

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Oaklawn Invitational Offers Preakness Berth For ‘Late-Developing’ 3-Year-Olds

The Maryland Jockey Club announced on Friday that the winner of the inaugural running of the $300,000 Oaklawn Invitational Saturday, May 4 at Oaklawn Park will receive a free berth in the starting gate for the 144th Preakness Stakes (G1), the Middle Jewel of the Triple Crown. The 1 3/16th mile Preakness, to be run […]

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Amy’s Challenge Pulls Clear In American Beauty

More than 28,000 fans took advantage of sunny skies and 50-cent corned beef sandwiches while Novogratz Racing Stable’s Amy’s Challenge took advantage of her front-running style to get a dominant victory in the $100,000 American Beauty Stakes on the first Saturday of the Oaklawn racing season. “We had a tremendous opening weekend to start off […]

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Longinotti Named Director Of Oaklawn Anywhere

David Longinotti, a member of Oaklawn’s management team since 2006, will move into the position of Director of Oaklawn Anywhere after serving as Director of Racing. Oaklawn Anywhere, the track’s in-state advanced deposit wagering service developed in partnership with Arkansas horsemen, is the fastest growing segment of Oaklawn’s racing business and has generated nearly $4 […]

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Total Handle Up 11 Percent During 2018 Oaklawn Racing Season

Record-setting Arkansas Derby (G1) and Rebel Stakes (G2) days contributed to an 11 percent increase in total handle during Oaklawn’s recently concluded 2018 live season. An estimated crowd of 64,500 turned out April 14 to watch Robert and Lawana Low’s Magnum Moon remain a perfect four-for-four with his impressive victory in the $1 million Arkansas […]

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Oaklawn Announces Second Purse Increase Of 2018 Season

Purse records keep tumbling at the track with the richest purses in America between January and April. Starting with the March 17 Rebel Stakes card, Oaklawn will implement the second increase of the season, the 18th straight year the Hot Springs track has bumped purses at least once during a meet. Overnight purses will be bumped between $1,000 […]

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Oaklawn Park To Increase Purses: Maiden Races To Carry $78,000 Pot

The richest purses in the Midwest just got richer. Effective Saturday, Feb. 17, Oaklawn is increasing all allowance and maiden special weight races by $3,000. Allowance races will range from $79,000 to as high as $83,000. Maiden special weight races will increase to $78,000 from $75,000. In addition, all claiming races and maiden claiming races […]

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Wayne Smith Named General Manager At Oaklawn Park

Oaklawn President Charles Cella announced today that Wayne Smith has been named General Manager. “Wayne Smith begins an exciting new era for Oaklawn,” said Cella, whose family has owned and operated Oaklawn since its founding in 1904. “It’s been a tremendous pleasure working with Eric Jackson. Because of his dedication and guidance, Oaklawn has become […]

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Oaklawn Increases Purses For Final Month Of 2017 Meeting

One of the richest racing seasons in the country just got richer. Oaklawn, which already has the highest purses in the country for this time of year, is increasing purses as much as $8,000 per race effective Saturday, March 18, thanks to strong business across the board and good weather. Purses for Maiden Special Weights […]

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