One year after increasing the purses of 19 stakes races, Oaklawn has planned the richest stakes schedule in track history for 2015. Chief among the changes is a $150,000 bump to the Rebel Stakes (gr. II).
Aron Wellman and Lee Midkiff have grown a fledgling partnership group into the program producing grade I winners such as In Lingerie, Byrama, Capo Bastone, and now Arkansas Derby (gr. I) victor Danza.
Steve Haskin shares his thoughts on Danza's shocking performance in the Arkansas Derby and what it could mean for the Kentucky Derby contender.
Lenny Shulman and Steve Haskin discuss injuries on the Kentucky Derby Trail, the Arkansas Derby and the Blue Grass, the Churchill Downs takeout increase and more. Sponsored by Darby Dan Farm. Watch Video
Keeneland, Oaklawn Park, Japan, Australia, Santa Anita Park, Woodbine, Calder & More. View Slideshow
Evan Hammonds recaps the victories of Will Take Charge, Dance With Fate, and Danza. watch video
Danza sent shock waves through the crowd of 63,186 at Oaklawn Park when he took command in upper stretch at odds of 41-1 and rolled to a 4 3/4-length victory in the $1 million Arkansas Derby (gr. I) April 12.
Brisnet.com Predicteform Horse-by-Horse Arkansas Derby Analysis read blog
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TimeformUS Stakes Plays from Keeneland, Oaklawn, and Santa Anita read blog
Claire Novak and Frank Angst are on location at Keeneland this week to handicap the Blue Grass Stakes and Arkansas Derby. watch video
Leading Arkansas Derby (gr. I) contender Bayern got his first feel for the Oaklawn Park racing strip the morning of April 10 after arriving a day earlier with the contingent of California horses competing this weekend.
Will Bobby's Kitten stamp himself as a Kentucky Derby contender with a strong showing in the Blue Grass Stakes? read blog
Horse Racing Radio Network continues its "Road to the Kentucky Derby" broadcast series April 12 live from Keeneland with exclusive radio coverage of the 90th Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (gr. I).
Tapiture, Strong Mandate, and Ride On Curlin butt heads once more at Oaklawn Park in the The $1 million Arkansas Derby (gr. I) April 12, and they'll be joined by another new shooter from the Bob Baffert barn in Bayern.
While Coastline and Conquest Titan have not yet registered breakthrough graded stakes victories, trainer Mark Casse sees some positive signs as they prepare for their most important stakes races to date.
A historical look at the Arkansas Derby (gr. I). view infographic
Tapiture and Conquest Titan have final tuneups for the 1 1/8-mile test at Oaklawn.
Ride On Curlin, a leading contender for the upcoming $1 million Arkansas Derby (gr. I), had his last major drill before the race April 6, breezing seven furlongs in 1:26 4/5 at Oaklawn Park.
On the strength of his outstanding recent breeze, Conquest Stables' Conquest Titan remains on target for the $1 million Arkansas Derby (gr. I) at Oaklawn Park April 12, trainer Mark Casse said.
Reigning 3-year-old champion Will Take Charge and stablemate Strong Mandate both worked April 1 at Oaklawn Park, while Southwest Stakes winner Tapiture was also on the Arkansas oval's tab.
Steve Haskin discusses his intrigue with Ride On Curlin this week.
Steve Asmussen-trained colt will be the likely favorite in 1 1/8-mile test at Oaklawn
Ride On Curlin, third in both the Southwest (gr. III) and Rebel (gr. II) stakes at Oaklawn Park, worked five furlongs over the track March 30 and remains on target for the $1 million Arkansas Derby (gr. I).
Calvin Borel, three-time winner of the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), has been named to ride Conquest Titanin the Arkansas Derby (gr. I) at Oaklawn Park April 12.
Commissioner, headed for the $1 million Arkansas Derby (gr. I), is among three horses multiple Eclipse Award-winning trainer Todd Pletcher plans to send to to Oaklawn Park for the last day of the Racing Festival of the South.
The first four finishers of the Rebel Stakes (gr. II) March 15 came out of the race none the worse in spite of the roughly-run final furlong, and three of them are definitely pointed for a return in the Arkansas Derby.
Over the past 25 years, Florida and California have been the predominant routes taken by winners of the Kentucky Derby. See how the top four finishers of all the major prep races have fared since 1989.
TVG and Oaklawn Racing and Gaming announced Jan. 6 that the network will telecast the 57-day Oaklawn Park 2014 race meet beginning January 10, with daily, on-site, live coverage hosted by TVG's Frank Mirahmadi.
Oaklawn Park's 57-day meet that begins Friday, Jan. 10 will offer more than $20 million in purses and 31 stakes, highlighted by the 78th running of the $1 million Arkansas Derby (gr. I) April 12.
Purse increases to 19 of 31 stakes races and the creation of a Racing Festival of the South Preview Day are among the highlights of Oaklawn's 2014 stakes schedule.
Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas sent Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) contenders Oxbow and Will Take Charge through their final pre-race moves April 29.
Average daily attendance dropped 2.4% from 10,579 to 10,319, but daily average handle increased 2.3% from $2,780,943 in 2012 to $2,845,768 in 2013. Overall, total attendance for the 54 days was 557,250.
Evan Hammonds recaps the Blue Grass Stakes and Arkansas Derby from the weekend. Did you think Java's War proved himself as a Derby winner with his last to first finish? watch video
Overanalyze, rebounding from a lackluster seasonal debut, overpowered his rivals in the drive to easily win the $1 million Arkansas Derby (gr. I) and stamp his ticket for this year's Run for the Roses.
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Jon & Joel recap last weekend's Wood Memorial & Santa Anita Derby. They also break down Saturday's final round of major Kentucky Derby preps - the Arkansas Derby and the Blue Grass Stakes. Watch Video
Tom LaMarra and Pete Denk are on location at Keeneland to handicap the Blue Grass Stakes and Arkansas Derby. watch video
War Academy has been installed as the 2-1 favorite in a field of 10 3-year-olds entered for the 77th running of the Arkansas Derby (gr. I) April 13 at Oaklawn Park.
Mylute passed through the Churchill Downs stable gate at 3:30 a.m. (EDT) Tuesday, April 2 after vanning from Fair Grounds and was bedded down in Stall 20 of Barn 29 for trainer Tom Amoss.
The morning after stablemates Will Take Charge and Oxbow ran first and second in the March 16 Rebel Stakes (gr. II), trainer D. Wayne Lukas said he plans to keep his charges separated for their next starts.
Bob Baffert's reputation at Oaklawn Park is that of a phenomenon, one you cannot afford to bet against. Selectively shipping in from his West Coast base with a remarkable 59% win rate, he has captured 17 of 29.
Rockamundo, who won the 1993 Arkansas Derby (gr. II) at 108-1 for owners Gary and Mary West, died Jan. 18 at age 23 because of complications from colic.
Archarcharch, a grade I winner and Spendthrift Farm stallion, was represented by his first foal, a filly out of the Kingmambo mare Enfiraaj Jan. 12 in Kentucky.
Oaklawn Park's 2013 meet opens Jan. 11 with a scheduled record purse structure, new veterinary examination policies and new claiming rules, an injury database to aid commission vets, and an influx of new racing talent.
HRTV has announced it will provide exclusive programming from Oaklawn Park when the Hot Springs, Ark., facility kicks off its meet Jan. 11, 2013.
Bodemeister, who thrilled race fans with his speed while placing in both the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) and the Preakness Stakes (gr. I) has been retired. He will enter stud at WinStar Farm.
Grade I winner Bodemeister has been sent to WinStar Farm near Versailles, Ky.,and will be evaluated by Dr. Larry Bramlage of Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital in the coming days, WinStar president Elliott Walden confirmed.
Oaklawn Park has increased purses on 13 of its 32 stakes planned for 2013, including a majority of the 3-year-old stakes races, and has lengthened the Feb. 18 Southwest Stakes (gr. III) from one mile to 1 1/16 miles.
Zayat Stables' leading 3-year-old Bodemeister, winner of the Arkansas Derby, will stand stud at WinStar Farm at the conclusion of his racing career, WinStar announced June 28.
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