Photo by Coady Photography The track where purses have been steadily rising for 11 straight years is at it again. Oaklawn is increasing all overnight purses, some as much as $6,000, retroactive to the Thursday, Feb. 14 card. Maiden special weights and open allowances are being bumped $6,000 and are now $83,000 and $87,000, respectively. Purses for all claiming races with a claiming price of $16,000 or greater, maiden claiming races with a claiming price of $20,000 or greater and starter allowances are being increased by $3,000. All other races are being increased by $2,000. “We’re off to a fantastic start because the fans have responded to great weather and great racing,” [...]
Join us in Clearwater Beach, Florida for the 2019 National HBPA Convention! The convention will kick off with a cocktail reception on Tuesday evening, March 12th and will end with conclusion of the full board meeting on Saturday, March 16th. Please make your hotel reservations before Friday, February 15, 2019, using the room block under National HBPA. We will be at the familiar and great Sheraton Sand Key Resort at 1160 Gulf Boulevard, Clearwater Beach, Florida 33767. Call their toll-free number: 800-456-7263 Room rates start with singles at $254.00 per night and include breakfast each morning. There are no self-parking or resort fees. Click here to view the tentative agenda. The National HBPA [...]
Oaklawn Announces $100 Million-Plus Expansion with Construction of High-Rise hotel, Event Center and Expanded Gaming Area
Oaklawn Racing and Gaming today announced plans to build an expansion project in excess of $100 million that includes the construction of a high-rise hotel, multi-purpose event center, a larger gaming area, and additional on-site parking. The project is one of the largest hospitality investments in the history of Arkansas. “This historic announcement represents a new chapter in the rich 114-year history of Oaklawn,” said Louis Cella, president of Oaklawn Jockey Club. “As we enhance the entertainment experience for our customers, we will also further elevate thoroughbred racing and help make Arkansas and Hot Springs even stronger regional tourism destinations.” The yet-to-be-named hotel will be seven stories with 200 rooms, including two presidential suites. [...]
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