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Oaklawn Officials Tighten Protocols, Support Talamo Continuing To Ride

The show will go on at Oaklawn in Hot Springs, Ark., though track owner Louis Cella said he is prepared to shut down if ordered to by state or federal officials. Oaklawn has rolled out increasingly restrictive protocols since the the highly contagious coronavirus, or COVID-19, was classified a pandemic March 11 by the World […]

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Oaklawn Increases Purses; First-Level Allowance Races Now Worth $90,000

Keeping with the trend that has become the norm over the last 14 years, Oaklawn’s purses are on the rise again. Beginning with Saturday’s race card, the Hot Springs, Ark., track will increase purses for all overnight races by as much as $4,000. “This is only possible because of the tremendous support we continue to […]

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Oaklawn Celebrates Record-Setting Handle On Opening Weekend

Oaklawn’s opening weekend of racing was highlighted by records for pari-mutuel handle and the second-highest attendance for the month since January racing began more than 30 years ago. According to figures released by the track, estimated total attendance for the first three racing dates (Jan. 24-26) was 57,500, a 3.6 percent increase over the corresponding […]

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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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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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