Oaklawn Schedule Reflects Big Purse Increases

Oaklawn Schedule Reflects Big Purse Increases
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Purse increases for 19 of 31 stakes races and the creation of a Racing Festival of the South Preview Day are among the highlights of the 2014 stakes schedule at Oaklawn Park .

The minimum purse for all open stakes races was increased from $60,000 to $100,000, while the minimum purse for state-bred stakes was increased from $60,000 to $75,000. Oaklawn begins its 57-day race meet Jan. 10, 2014.
 
The Razorback Handicap and Azeri Stakes (both gr. III) each received a $50,000 increase to $200,000 and the Razorback has been moved back a week to March 15. The move is to help create a preview card for the Racing Festival of the South along with the Azeri and the $600,000 Rebel Stakes (gr. II), which featured a runner-up finish from eventual Preakness Stakes (gr. I) winner Oxbow   in 2013. These races are the final local preps for the $500,000 Oaklawn Handicap (gr. II), $500,000 Apple Blossom Handicap (gr. I), and $1 million Arkansas Derby (gr. I), respectively.
 
"The popularity of Instant Racing and electronic games of skills continues to grow in Arkansas, which is tremendous for our stakes program," said director of racing David Longinotti in a release. "We don't think it's a coincidence that our purses have steadily grown over the last 10 years and in that same period, 10 Triple Crown races have been won by horses that raced at Oaklawn, with Oxbow being the latest. We also expect our overnight purses to be a record for our track this coming season."
 
Additionally, Oaklawn is returning to a more traditional Racing Festival of the South schedule with stakes races again extending over the final two weekends of the meet.

The $400,000 Fantasy Stakes (gr. III) for 3-year-old fillies on the Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) path will now be held April 5, after anchoring a Wednesday program the past two years. The Count Fleet Sprint Handicap (gr. III) has had its purse increased from $250,000 to $300,000 and will return to its traditional Thursday spot April 10. The meet will again culminate with the 78th running of the Arkansas Derby April 12 and the closing day card will also feature the Oaklawn Handicap, $100,000 Northern Spur Stakes, and $100,000 Instant Racing Stakes.
 

2014 OAKLAWN PARK STAKES SCHEDULE
DATE STAKES CONDITIONS DISTANCE 2014 PURSE 2013 PURSE
Friday, Jan. 10 Dixie Belle 3-Year-Olds, Fillies 6 Furlongs $100,000 $60,000
Saturday, Jan. 11 Fifth Season 4-Year-Olds & Up 1 1/16-Miles $100,000 $75,000
Saturday, Jan. 18 Pippin 4-Year-Olds & Up, Fillies & Mares> 1 1/16-Miles $100,000 $75,000
Monday, Jan. 20 Smarty Jones 3-Year-Olds 1 Mile $150,000 $150,000
Saturday, Jan. 25 American Beauty 4-Year-Olds & Up, Fillies & Mares 6 Furlongs $100,000 $60,000
Saturday, Feb. 1 Martha Washington 3-Year-Olds, Fillies 1 Mile $100,000 $75,000
Saturday, Feb. 8 King Cotton 4-Year-Olds & Up 6 Furlongs $100,000 $60,000
Saturday, Feb. 15 Essex Handicap 4-Year-Olds & Up 1 1/16-Miles $100,000 $100,000
Sunday, Feb. 16 Bayakoa 4-Year-Olds & Up, Fillies & Mares 1 1/16-Miles $100,000 $100,000
Monday, Feb. 17 Southwest (gr. III) 3-Year-Olds 1 1/16-Miles $300,000 $300,000
Saturday, Feb. 22 Spring Fever 4-Year-Olds & Up, Fillies & Mares 5 1/2 Furlongs $100,000 $60,000
Saturday, March 1 Downthedustyroad Breeders' 3-Year-Olds & Up, Fillies & Mares (Ark.) 6 Furlongs $75,000 $60,000
Saturday, March 1 Nodouble Breeders' 3-Year-Olds & Up, Colts & Geldings (Ark.) 6 Furlongs $75,000 $60,000
Saturday, March 8 Honeybee (gr. III) 3-Year-Olds, Fillies 1 1/16-Miles $150,000 $150,000
Saturday, March 8 Hot Springs 4-Year-Olds & Up 6 Furlongs $100,000 $75,000
Saturday, March 15 Razorback Handicap (gr. III) 4-Year-Olds & Up 1 1/16-Miles $200,000 $150,000
Saturday, March 15 Azeri (gr. III) 4-Year-Olds & Up, Fillies & Mares 1 1/16-Miles $200,000 $150,000
Saturday, March 15 Rebel (gr. II) 3-Year-Olds 1 1/16-Miles $600,000 $600,000
Saturday, March 22 Gazebo 3-Year-Olds 6 Furlongs $100,000 $60,0000
Friday, March 28 Arkansas' Breeders Open Div. 3-Year-Olds & Up, (Ark.) 1 1/16-Miles $75,000 $60,000
Saturday, March 29 Rainbow Miss 3-Year-Olds, Fillies (Ark.) 6 Furlongs $75,000 $60,000
Sunday, March 30 Rainbow 3-Year-Olds, Colts & Geldings (Ark.) 6 Furlongs $75,000 $60,000
Saturday, April 5 Fantasy (gr. III) 3-Year-Olds, Fillies 1 1/16-Miles $400,000 $400,000
Sunday, April 6 Carousel 4-Year-Olds & Up, Fillies & Mares 6 Furlongs $100,000 $100,000
Thursday, April 10 Count Fleet Sprint Handicap (gr. III) 4-Year-Olds & Up 6 Furlongs $300,000 $250,000
Friday, April 11 Bachelor 3-Year-Olds 6 Furlongs $100,000 $75,000
Friday, April 11 Apple Blossom Handicap (gr. I) 4-Year-Olds & Up, Fillies & Mares 1 1/16-Miles $500,000 $500,000
Saturday, April 12 Northern Spur 3-Year-Olds 1 Mile $100,000 $100,000
Saturday, April 12 Instant Racing 3-Year-Olds, Fillies 6 Furlongs $100,000 $75,000
Saturday, April 12 Oaklawn Handicap (gr. II) 4-Year-Olds & Up 1 1/8-Miles $500,000 $500,000
Saturday, April 12 Arkansas Derby (gr. I) 3-Year-Olds 1 1/8-Miles $1,000,000 $1,000,000

 

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