A $200,000 bump to the Rebel Stakes (gr. II) and a condensed four-day, nine stakes Racing Festival of the South highlight Oaklawn Park's 2012 live racing season, which kicks off Jan. 13.
Frank Mirahmadi has been named the new announcer at Oaklawn Park beginning in 2012, the track reported July 14.
Oaklawn Park has announced the appointment of Jamie Richardson as track superintendent for the Hot Springs, Arkansas track.
Oaklawn Park reported increases in attendance, pari-mutuel handle, and purses for its 2011 meet, which was impacted early on by weather-related cancellations.
Havre de Grace will try to solidify her status as a division leader when she goes for her first grade I win against a short field in the $500,000 Apple Blossom Handicap (gr. I) in Hot Springs, Ark.
The Arkansas Racing Commission voted unanimously March 26 to approve Oaklawn Park's request to race 56 days in 2012.
For the third consecutive year, Oaklawn Park will offer a participation bonus from March 31 through the end of the meet on April 16 for all non-stakes races that draw more than eight wagering interests.
Terry Wallace, the voice of Arkansas horse racing since 1975, was honored March 19 with the Arkansas Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association's Man of the Year Award for 2011.
Horsemen were told March 18 of the importance of keeping close watch of purse accounts, money from which sometimes ends up commingled with racetrack operating accounts or tangled in bankruptcy cases.
The connections for Dreaminofthewin and Glint have informed Oaklawn Park officials March 18 they intend to scratch out of Saturday's $300,000 Rebel Stakes (gr. II).
Jockey Francisco Torres, who had six winners during the Oaklawn Park meet, reported March 13 that he has two broken ribs and will be out of action for the remainder of the stand.
Oaklawn Park assistant starter Ben Ewing suffered a head injury while loading horses for the eighth race on at the Arkansas track on March 11.
With just under two weeks until the $300,000 Rebel Stakes (gr. II), several leading contenders based at Oaklawn Park posted workouts March 6.
After getting the meet off to a bumpy start due to inclement weather, Oaklawn Park reported that improved weather led to larger crowds in February, resulting in the second purse increase.
Oaklawn Park has increased the purse for the March 12 Razorback Handicap by $25,000 and the 1 1/16-mile race for 4-year-olds and older will now be worth $125,000.
Robert Yagos' Archarcharch finished first in a scramble in the grade III Southwest Stakes at Oaklawn Park Feb. 21 to earn his first graded-stakes victory and move forward on the Triple Crown trail.
The track at Oaklawn Park was busy Feb. 14, with some of the top contenders for the Feb. 21, $250,000 Southwest Stakes (gr. III) turning in their final workouts.
Oaklawn Park again canceled live racing for Friday, Feb. 11, because of track conditions. It was the eighth cancellation of the young meet at the Arkansas racetrack.
Oaklawn Park has made the decision to cancel live racing for Thursday, Feb. 10 after another snow storm hit Hot Springs on Wednesday.
Oaklawn Park, which has lost six full race cards because of weather since the beginning of the meet, will increase the number of daily races from nine to 10 beginning with its Feb. 10 program.
Efforts by Oaklawn Park to resume live racing were dealt a setback by more snow in Arkansas on the morning of Feb. 4 and the tack has canceled racing for Feb. 5-6.
A winter blast, which has affected most of eastern half of the U.S., has kept temperatures at or below freezing since Tuesday has left Oaklawn Park unsuitable for racing.
Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs, Ark., announced it has canceled its Thursday, Feb. 3, live racing program because of weather, but will remain open for simulcast racing and gaming.
Oaklawn Park track announcer Terry Wallace stepped away from the microphone for the fifth race Jan. 28, ending a streak of calling 20,191 consecutive races at the Arkansas track.
Citing a developing winter storm, Turfway Park in Florence, Ky., and Oaklawn Park in Arkansas have canceled live racing for Thursday, Jan. 20.
McNeill Stables' Caleb's Posse scores at a mile in possible prep along Arkansas Derby trail
Martin Luther King Jr. Day feature pits Grant Jack against six 3-year-olds; race is first leg of Oaklawn's trail to the Triple Crown.
Citing "lingering effects" from a six-inch snowfall last weekend and bitterly cold temperatures that have kept the track closed for training all week, Oaklawn Park has cancelled the Jan. 14 opening day of the 2011 meet.
A winter storm dumped about five inches of snow on Hot Springs, Ark., and forced the cancellation of training at Oaklawn Park Jan. 10, but improving conditions should produce temperatures in the 40s by opening day Jan. 14.
Oaklawn Park will give a Zenyatta bobblehead doll to each paid admmission to the Hot Springs, Ark., racetrack on the Martin Luther King holiday card of Monday, Jan. 17.
Johnnie Johnson ran his public stable in Kentucky, Arkansas, and Illinois. He later became a race official at Oaklawn Park.
Larry Jones, who had been among America's leading trainers the past decade, announced Nov. 11 that he will officially come out of self-imposed retirement.
A public hearing designed to gauge public opinion about a proposal to permit "Instant Racing" type wagering in Kentucky became a faceoff between representatives of the state's horse industry and the Family Foundation.
An executive with Oaklawn Park has recommended that the lines of communication between horsemen and upper management be improved at Prairie Meadows.
Churchill Downs Incorporated and the Oaklawn Jockey Club have entered into a simulcast services agreement whereby CDI would purchase and sell simulcast content on behalf of Oaklawn Park.
Milena Erceg, who has more than nine years of experience in the racing industry, has been named the assistant director of mutuels at Oaklawn Park in Arkansas.
Oaklawn Park has announced a 32-stakes program totaling $4.6 million for the 56-day meet that begins Jan. 14, 2011.
Zenyatta tied Citation and Cigar with her 16th consecutive win April 9 in the $500,000 Apple Blossom Invitational (gr. I), blowing past her four rivals under Mike Smith at Oaklawn Park for another easy victory.
HRTV will offer onsite coverage April 9 and 10 for the Apple Blossom (gr. I), featuring unbeaten champion Zenyatta, and the $1 million Arkansas Derby, a key Kentucky Derby prep race.
Compared to what it was supposed to look like, the field for the April 9 Apple Blossom Invitational Handicap (gr. I) is a major disappointment. A field of only five, led by undefeated two-time champion Zenyatta, was drawn.
Duke of Mischief made the right move at the right time to get the jump on favored Win Willy and hold him off late to win the $500,000 Oaklawn Handicap (gr. II) at Oaklawn Park April 3.
Blind Luck cemented her status as the one to beat in the Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) with an authoritative come-from-behind victory in the $300,000 Fantasy Stakes (gr. II) for 3-year-old fillies at Oaklawn Park April 2.
Keeneland in Kentucky has again finished number one in the Horseplayers Association of North America track ratings released April 1.
Win Willy, a sharp winner in the Razorback Handicap (gr. III) last month, will try for his fifth victory at Oaklawn Park when he faces six in the $500,000 Oaklawn Handicap (gr. II) April 3.
Just two days after announcing a unique participation incentive designed to increase field size during the final 11 days of the racing season, and less than a month after an initial bump, Oaklawn purses are on the rise again.
In an effort to maximize field size during the final days of its season, Oaklawn will once again offer a unique participation incentive for all overnight races beginning March 26, and lasting through the end of the season.
- By Steve Haskin
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An executive with RaceTech, the company that produces Instant Racing machines, said the product has held up well against electronic games of skill at Oaklawn Park in Arkansas.
As expected, 2009 Horse of the Year Rachel Alexandra and two-time champion Zenyatta were chief among the 45 fillies and mares nominated to the $5 million Apple Blossom Invitational (gr. I) at Oaklawn Park April 9.
Last year's champion juvenile male, Lookin At Lucky, is on schedule for his first start of the year, the March 13 Rebel Stakes (gr. II) at Oaklawn Park, after a workout at Santa Anita March 8.
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