After a picture-perfect Presidents' Day weekend, Oaklawn Park has announced it will increase purses for the second time this meet.
Harsh winter weather and and poor track conditions have led to the cancellation of almost 70 full racing programs through the first seven weeks of 2014.
Gulfstream Park, Golden Gate Fields, Santa Anita Park, Oaklawn Park, Australia & more view slideshow
Gulfstream Park, Golden Gate Fields, Santa Anita Park, Oaklawn Park, Australia & more
Ron Winchell's homebred Tapiture made his season debut a stirring one Feb. 17 when he galloped to a 4 1/4-length victory over Strong Mandate in the $300,000 Southwest Stakes (gr. III) at Oaklawn Park.
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Don't Tell Sophia has her eye on a repeat victory in Oaklawn Park's Bayakoa Stakes Feb. 16, a month after winning the Pippin Stakes at the Arkansas track in consecutive years.
Hopeful Stakes (gr. I) winner Strong Mandate returns to action for the first time since the Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I) in the $300,000 Southwest Stakes (gr. III) Feb. 17 at Oaklawn Park.
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Trainers Steve Asmussen and Chris Hartman slipped in a pair of final workouts for their Southwest Stakes (gr. III) hopefuls between the first and second races on the program at Oaklawn Park Feb. 13.
Oaklawn Park has canceled its Saturday card for Feb. 8, the third straight day racing at the Arkansas oval has been halted due to winter weather, while Penn National also called off racing.
With temperatures remaining below freezing for second straight day, Oaklawn Park has been forced to cancel its Friday Feb. 7 card.
Oaklawn has canceled its Thursday, Feb. 6 card because of below freezing temperatures. Severe winter weather conditions have also forced the cancellation of live racing at Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course.
Deteriorating winter weather conditions forced Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs, Ark. to cancel after the third race Feb. 2.
Newly minted 3-year-old champion Will Take Charge breezed a half-mile Feb. 2 at Oaklawn Park in preparation for his expected start in the $500,00 Donn Handicap (gr. I) Feb. 9 at Gulfstream Park.
Delaware Park announced the promotion of Jerome "Jed" Doro to the position of racing secretary Jan. 22. Doro, 34, was the assistant racing secretary for the past six years.
James and Ywachetta Driver's Tanzanite Cat gave up the lead on the backstretch but took it back in mid-stretch and went on to a smooth victory in the $150,000 Smarty Jones Stakes for 3-year-olds at Oaklawn Park Jan. 20.
John Oxley's Coastline looks to rebound from an eighth-place finish in the Delta Jackpot (gr. III) as one of 10 3-year-olds entered for the $150,000 Smarty Jones Stakes Jan. 20 at Oaklawn Park.
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Pat Pope has been hired as racing secretary at Prairie Meadows Racetrack & Casino for its 2014 season.
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.
Jerome Doro and Nancy Ury have joined the Oaklawn Park staff in key seasonal positions ahead of the 2014 live race meet.
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.
Willis Horton's Will Take Charge was bright-eyed and bushy-tailed at the Churchill Downs barn of trainer D. Wayne Lukas the morning after winning the Nov. 29 Clark Handicap Presented by Norton Healthcare (gr. I).
Jockey Calvin Borel, three-time winner of the Kentucky Derby and a 2013 inductee into the Thoroughbred Racing Hall of Fame, will take the rest of the year off as he recovers from injuries suffered in an October riding mishap.
In the often wild Xpressbet Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I), trainer Steve Asmussen believes experience could prove a valuable commodity for his talented starter Justin Phillip Nov. 2 at Santa Anita Park.
Thoroughbred trainer Jesse Norman "Sonny" Wigginton died July 30 at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Lexington. He was 78.
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.
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.
Oaklawn Park stewards have suspended jockey Joe Johnson three days for his winning ride aboard On Fire Baby in the Apple Blossom Handicap (gr. I). The suspension runs April 17-19.
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.
Zayat Stables' Justin Phillip rallied in the stretch to win the $250,000 Count Fleet Sprint Stakes (gr. III) at Oaklawn Park April 13.
Anita Cauley's On Fire Baby hadn't raced since May 28 of last year. She came back with a vengeance April 12, holding off Tiz Miz Sue to win the $500,000 Apple Blossom Handicap (gr. I) at Oaklawn by half a length.
Tom LaMarra and Pete Denk are on location at Keeneland to handicap the Blue Grass Stakes and Arkansas Derby. watch video
Lightly raced and undefeated Gentlemen's Bet will add some intrigue when he faces several tough competitors in the $250,000 Count Fleet Sprint Handicap (gr. III) at Oaklawn Park April 13.
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.
Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas, who has both Oxbow and Will Take Charge on target for the May 4 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), sent his pupils out to breeze at Oaklawn Park the morning of April 5.
Trainer Ian Wilkes said he is leaning toward the Oaklawn Handicap (gr. II) for Fort Larned after last fall's Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) winner breezed an easy half-mile at Palm Meadows Training Center March 21.
Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas is holding the hottest hand of 3-year-olds he's had in a while, and that talent showed March 16 when stablemates Will Take Charge and Oxbow finished 1-2 in the $600,000 Rebel Stakes.
Tiz Miz Sue upset the Azeri Stakes (gr. III) at Oaklawn Park last year at odds of 8-1, and this season she did it again. The Cresran homebred ran down top contenders My Miss Aurelia and Don't Tell Sophia to get the job done.
Claire Novak and Pete Denk handicap the Rebel Stakes at Oaklawn Park this weekend. Can Super Ninety Nine repeat his efforts from his last race? watch video
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.
Champion juvenile filly of 2011 My Miss Aurelia is scheduled to begin her 4-year-old season in the $150,000 Azeri Stakes (gr. III) March 16 at Oaklawn Park.
A look back at the career of Calvin Borel after his 5,000th win. View Slideshow
Super Ninety Nine rolled to an 11 1/4-length win in the $300,000 Southwest Stakes (gr. III) Feb. 18 for Susan and Charles Chu's Tanma Corporation, muddling the 3-year-old picture even more.
Don't Tell Sophia was a $1,000 yearling purchase in 2009. On Feb. 16 she ran them off their feet at Oaklawn Park, easily putting 6 1/2 lengths over her nearest competitor in the $98,000 Bayakoa Stakes.
Willis Horton's Smarty Jones Stakes winner Will Take Charge looks to continue his progress on the road to the Kentucky Derby against nine others in the $300,000 Southwest Stakes Feb. 18 at Oaklawn Park.
One day before champion Royal Delta makes her 2013 debut in the Sabin Stakes (gr. III), a rival who gave her a run for her money returns to the races in the $100,000 Bayakoa Stakes at Oaklawn Park.
Jockey Calvin Borel has resumed exercising horses and hopes to continue his quest for career victory 5,000 with a return to the saddle on Feb. 16.
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