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 [...]


Presidents’ Day Weekend Stakes Coming Together at Oaklawn

Farrell (Photo by Coady Photography) Farrell, Streamline and Terra Promessa are among the early probables for Saturday’s $150,000 Bayakoa Stakes (G3) for older fillies and mares, Oaklawn co-stakes coordinator Lenny Rera said Sunday morning. The 1 1/16-mile Bayakoa is Oaklawn’s second of three major two-turn preps for the $700,000 Apple Blossom Handicap (G1) [...]


Topics Announced, Registration Open for National HBPA Convention in New Orleans

Sports betting and its possible effects on horse racing. Stemming the dearth of backside employees. Horses’ inadvertent exposure to recreational and prescription medications. Needing solutions, not just funding, for Thoroughbred aftercare. Where the trainer absolute-insurer rule stands. Horsemen as citizen marketers. Those are among the discussions taking center stage at the National HBPA Convention, March [...]


Tom Van Berg Begins Oaklawn Meet with a “Profound Moment”

Profound Moment (Photo by Coady Photography) Shortly before trainer Tom Van Berg would saddle his first starter in a decade Jan. 12 at Oaklawn, paddock analyst Nancy Holthus was a few feet away preparing to deliver insight on the fifth race, a third-level allowance/optional claiming sprint for older fillies and mares. What unfolded [...]


Oaklawn Cancels January 19 Card Due to Weather

Oaklawn management has canceled Friday’s (January 19) nine-race card due to track conditions. Temperatures were record lows Tuesday and Wednesday and only slightly warmer Thursday. The track has not thawed completely and for the safety of the horses and horsemen, the decision was made to cancel racing. Oaklawn will remain open for gaming and simulcast [...]


Oaklawn Cancels Races for January 18 Due to Weather

Oaklawn management has cancelled Thursday’s nine-race card (January 18) due to frigid temperatures. Central Arkansas has been experiencing near record lows since Monday night and for the safety of the horses and horsemen, the decision to cancel racing was made. Oaklawn will remain open for gaming and simulcast racing. The game room will remain open [...]


Track Supers Field Day Set for March 25-27 at Oaklawn

The 17th annual track superintendents' field day will be held March 25-27 in Hot Springs, Arkansas. Hosted by Oaklawn Park, the event will begin on Sunday, March 25, with a welcome reception and continue with workshops and demonstrations on Monday and Tuesday. There are no registration fees for the event, as it is supported by [...]


Registration and Hotel Reservations Now Open for 2018 National HBPA Convention in New Orleans

Laissez les bons temps rouler! The National HBPA will hold its 2018 convention at the Astor Crowne Plaza Hotel New Orleans at the corner of Canal and Bourbon streets from Tuesday, March 13, through Saturday, March 17. Registration and hotel reservations are now open! A tentative agenda and complete information is available at and [...]