Oaklawn’s First Condition Book Now Available

Oaklawn, the track with the highest purses in the Midwest, has released the first issue of its condition books for the first live season that extends beyond its signature Arkansas Derby Day. The cover of the condition book carries the most important message to horsemen throughout the nation—“STAY UNTIL MAY”—while the interior pages give [...]


Record-Setting Days Lead to Upswing in 2018 Business at Oaklawn

Photo by Coady Photography Record-setting Arkansas Derby (G1) and Rebel Stakes (G2) days contributed to an 11% 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 [...]


Oaklawn to Race Beyond Arkansas Derby in 2019

The track with the highest purses of any winter-spring race meet in the country is making the most significant change to its racing schedule since World War II. In 2019, Oaklawn will open Friday, Jan. 25 and run through Saturday, May 4, three weeks after the $1 million Arkansas Derby (G1). Other than 1945 when [...]


Oaklawn Sets Handle Record Rebel Day

Photo by Coady Photography Total pari-mutuel handle on the March 17 10-race Rebel Day card at Oaklawn was a record for March and a non-Arkansas Derby Day, eclipsing marks set from last year’s corresponding program, despite one fewer race. According to figures released Saturday night by the track, total handle was $10,771,984.46, with [...]


Oaklawn Announces Second Purse Increase of the 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 [...]


Arkansas HBPA Board Elections

The 2019 Arkansas HBPA Board of Directors election is coming up and nominations close April 7, 2018. If interested, please contact the Arkansas HBPA office before that date Ballots will go out in October.


Oaklawn Increases Purses for the 18th Straight Year

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 [...]


Agenda Set for Track Superintendents Field Day at Oaklawn

The agenda is set and the excitement is building for the 17th annual Track Superintendents Field Day at historic Oaklawn Park. The event is open to all track superintendents and staff. “We welcome and urge tracks to invest in sending your team,” states event founder Roy Smith, “the information shared and the industry networking [...]

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