Keyword: Oaklawn

  • Tom Crouch's 5-year-old homebred mare Kettleoneup puts her three-race win streak on the line in the Azeri Stakes.

    Kettleoneup Faces Hystericalady in Azeri

    Tom Crouch's 5-year-old homebred mare Kettleoneup puts her three-race win streak on the line March 9 in the $175,000 Azeri Stakes (gr. III) at Oaklawn Park, and will have to take down, among others, multiple graded stakes winner Hystericalady in order to stretch it to four.

  • Denis of Cork scores big win in Southwest Stakes.

    Southwest a Real Corker

    Denis of Cork came with a three-wide move into the stretch and ran away with the Southwest Stakes (gr. III) to score a 2 1/4 length win Feb. 18 at Oaklawn. The $250,000 mile race for 3-year-olds was run in 1:37.59.

  • Pure Clan captured the Golden Rod Stakes (gr. II) at Churchill Downs last November.

    IEAH Buys Interest in Pure Clan

    IEAH Stables has reached an agreement to acquire a majority ownership interest in the undefeated Pure Clan, a leading contender for the grade 1 Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) at Churchill Downs. She will race in the silks of IEAH Stables, and current owner Lewis Lakin retained a piece of ownership in the deal.

  • Spotsgone steals away with the Essex.

    Spotsgone Gets it Done in Essex

    With the focus of many racing fans on Fair Grounds and the 3-year-old efforts of Derby hopefuls, 5-year-old Spotsgone quietly stole the $150,000 Essex Handicap at Oaklawn Park.

  • Gouldings Green will challenge a field of 10 others in the Essex Handicap (gr. III) at Oaklawn Park Feb. 9.

    Jonesboro Defends Essex Title

    Michael Langford's 6-year-old Jonesboro, winner of the 2007 edition of the Essex Handicap, will defend his title when a field of 11 hits the Oaklawn Park oval in this year's running of the $100,000 event Feb. 9.

  • Oaklawn Park opens their winter/spring meet Friday, Jan. 18.

    Oaklawn Park Ready for 2008 Meet

    Live racing in the heart of Hot Springs, Ark., kicks off Jan. 18 as the 56-day Thoroughbred meet gets under way at Oaklawn Park. The historic facility first hosted racing in 1905.

  • Oaklawn Bumps Overnight Purses Once More

    For the second time this season, Oaklawn Park has increased all overnight purses by $1,000. The latest purse increase, which will take effect with races carded for March 14, will bring the total increase in purses this year at Oaklawn to more than $1 million.

  • Teuflesberg en route to front-running upset victory in the Southwest Stakes.

    Teuflesberg Delivers Southwest Shocker

    In one of the first hurdles of the Triple Crown campaign, Teuflesberg wins the $250,000 Southwest Stakes at Oaklawn Park, paying $48.80. The heavy 1-2 favorite, previously unbeaten Hard Spun, finishes fourth.

  • Weekend Racing Cancelled at Oaklawn Park

    Wintry conditions which have made the racing surface at Oaklawn Park unsuitable for racing have forced the cancellation of this week's live racing. Racing has been cancelled through Feb.4, and will resume Feb. 8.

  • Oaklawn Joins HRTV Stable Friday

    HorseRacing TV will present live coverage of Oaklawn Park's 56-day winter racing season when the Hot Springs, Ark., track kicks off its meeting Jan. 19.

  • Government Gets Initial Revenue From Oaklawn Machines

    The first payments of revenue from the introduction of electronic games of skill to the wagering menu at Oaklawn Park were made to representatives of local and state government at the track Dec. 18.

  • Oaklawn Park Sets Record Purses for 2007 Meet

    Oaklawn Park projects record daily average purses of $290,000 for its 2007 meet, up from $275,000 a day this year because of increased revenue from Instant Racing.

  • Arkansas Veterinarian James G. Logsdon Dead

    Dr. James G. Logsdon, a prominent veterinarian at Oaklawn Park and tracks in the Chicago area, died May 27 at St. Vincent's Infirmary in Little Rock, Ark,. after a lengthy battle with cancer.

  • Re-aggravated injury could end Rockport Harbor's racing career.

    Rockport Harbor Re-injures Foot; Retirement Possible

    Fox Hill Farms' Rockport Harbor, who has had more than his share of bad luck during his racing career, came out of his fifth-place finish in the March 12 Razorback Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. III) with a foot injury that may force his retirement.

  • Southwest Stakes Rescheduled

    Oaklawn Park, which canceled its Saturday program due to a frozen racetrack, also canceled its Sunday and Monday cards when overnight temperatures dropped down to 18 degrees.

  • Cat Shaker On the Prowl to Arkansas Derby

    Cat Shaker, upset winner of the Rushaway Stakes at Turfway Park on the Lane's End Stakes (gr. II) undercard March 26 is headed toward next Saturday's Arkansas Derby (gr. II), according to owner Bill Callis.

  • Afleet Alex's Owner Accepts Borislow's Challenge

    Cash is King Stable managing partner Chuck Zacney, co-owner of Afleet Alex, announced Tuesday he has accepted Dan Borislow's $50,000 challenge matching Borislow's Wild Desert against Afleet Alex and Rockport Harbor in a horse-against-horse showdown in the April 16 Arkansas Derby (gr. II).

  • Oaklawn Stewards Set Hearing Date for Meche

    Suspended jockey Donnie Meche has been asked to appear before the Oaklawn Park stewards March 31 to respond to the allegation of attempting to bribe a track official.

  • Mountain Valley winner Afleet Alex goes for two-in-a-row in Saturday's Rebel Stakes.

    Big Three Square Off in Rebel Showdown

    The March 19 Rebel Stakes (gr. III) at Oaklawn Park promises to deliver some major fireworks when Afleet Alex, Rockport Harbor, and Greater Good lock horns in the 1 1/16-mile race, which drew a field of six.

  • Oaklawn, Keeneland, NTRA To Offer National Pick Four

    Anchored by two major prep races for the Kentucky Derby (gr. I), a National Pick 4 wager will be offered on Saturday, April 16 by Oaklawn Park and Keeneland, in conjunction with the National Thoroughbred Racing Association.

  • Instant Racing Has First One-Day $1M Handle

    Instant Racing--pari-mutuel wagering machines that closely resemble video lottery terminals--had its first $1-million day in handle Feb. 21 at Oaklawn Park. Instant Racing, a product of RaceTech, first began operating at the Hot Springs, Ark., racetrack in 2000.

  • Meritorious Character

    <i>By James E. Bassett III</i> -- When one thinks of Charles J. Cella, a myriad of descriptions flash by. "Indescribable" comes easily to mind, overshadowed by "indomitable" or perhaps "indestructible," followed by "unpredictable" or almost surely "unpersuadable." But lest we overlook the obvious, certainly it would be "unforgettable."

  • Oaklawn Park president Charles Cella, right, presenting Roy and Pat Chapman with an oversized copy of the bonus check won by Smarty Jones.

    Oaklawn, Cella to Receive Eclipse Award of Merit

    Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs, Ark., which celebrated 100 years of operation in 2004, and the Cella family, which has privately owned the track all that time, has been awarded the Eclipse Award of Merit, the National Thoroughbred Racing Association announced Jan. 6.

  • Oaklawn Planning Smarty Party for Belmont Stakes Day

    Oaklawn Park is planning a full-blown 'Smarty Party' for June 5 when the track's adopted son, Smarty Jones, goes for the Visa Triple Crown and second $5-million bonus in the Belmont Stakes (gr. I).

  • Ray Paulick&lt;br&gt;Editor-in-Chief

    Bonus Round

    <i>By Ray Paulick</i> -- Smarty Jones' win in the Derby will feed the dreams of thousands who own or breed on a modest scale...

  • Apple Blossom Order Changed; Wild Spirit DQ'd to 3rd

    Wild Spirit, the second-place finisher in the April 3 Apple Blossom Handicap (gr. II), was disqualified to third Tuesday by the Oaklawn Racing Commission for a bumping incident with Star Parade at the top of the stretch.

  • Azeri, with trainer D. Wayne Lukas, at Oaklawn Park.

    Azeri Heads All-Star Field in Apple Blossom

    The Apple Blossom Handicap (gr. I) at Oaklawn Park Saturday promises to be one of the more intriguing matchups of the year as six older fillies and mares have been entered, including grade I winners Azeri, Wild Spirit, Island Fashion, and Star Parade.

  • Purse Hike, New HBPA Contract for Oaklawn

    Oaklawn Park will increase purses for all non-stakes races by $1,500 through closing day, April 10, Eric Jackson, the general manager of Oaklawn Park, announced Saturday.

  • Oaklawn star Smarty Jones will have plenty of competition for the Arkansas Derby spotlight.

    Record 152 Horses Nominated to Arkansas Derby

    Someday Farm's Smarty Jones, unbeaten in five career starts, heads a record list of 152 nominations for the $1-million Arkansas Derby (gr. II) April 10 at Oaklawn Park. The 1 1/8-mile stakes is the highlight of the eighth and final day of the Racing Festival of the South, and also closing day of the live meet at the Hot Springs track.

  • New Orleans Rivals May Meet in Oaklawn Handicap

    Edmund Gann's Peace Rules and Mr. and Mrs. William Warren Jr's Saint Liam, the one-two finishers in the Feb. 29 New Orleans Handicap (gr. II) at Fair Grounds, and the past two Arkansas Derby (gr. II) winners--Private Emblem (2002) and Sir Cherokee (2003)--head a list of 17 horses nominated for the $500,000 Oaklawn Handicap (gr. II) April 3.

  • Pie N Burger Steps Up to the Plate in Razorback

    Pie N Burger, the runner-up to Private Emblem in the Essex Handicap (gr. III) on Feb. 21, weighs in as the 119-pound highweight for Sunday's Razorback Handicap (gr. III) at Oaklawn Park. The 1 1/16-miles race is a prep race for the $500,000 Oaklawn Handicap (gr. I) at 1 1/8 miles on April 3.

  • 'Cat' Hopes to Pounce Again in Oaklawn BC Stakes

    My Trusty Cat, impressive winner of a local allowance test in her first start of 2004, hopes to continue the momentum in the $200,000 Oaklawn Breeders' Cup Stakes (gr. III) for fillies and mares at Oaklawn Park. Among the challengers in the March 13 event is Spectacular Lisa, two-for-two in stakes this year.

  • Wind damage to Oaklawn barn.

    Storm Rips Roof Off Oaklawn Barn; No Horses or Humans Hurt

    When a squall line ripped through Hot Springs, Ark. Thursday evening at 7 p.m., the results "raised the roof" of Barn 25 in the Oaklawn Park stable area, depositing it largely on Barn 28 and a pair of unsuspecting trucks.

  • Arkansas Derby winner Sir Cherokee emerged OK from the New Orleans Handicap.

    Sir Cherokee Seems OK, But Trainer Not Pleased

    Sir Cherokee, knocked off stride in a roughly run New Orleans Handicap (gr. II) Feb. 29 at Fair Grounds, returned to his Oaklawn Park base after having suffered body soreness and superficial cuts. But his trainer, Mike Tomlinson, isn't particularly happy with the events of the day.

  • Crafty Shaw, seeks second Essex Handicap victory.

    Crafty Shaw, Docent Expected for Saturday's Essex

    The Essex Handicap (gr. III) at Oaklawn Park Saturday is expected to feature two previous winners of the 1 1/16-mile contest -- Crafty Shaw and Maysville Slew -- as well as 2002 Arkansas Derby (gr. II) winner Private Emblem, who is undefeated at Oaklawn Park.

  • Oaklawn Enjoys Strong Opening Weekend

    Oaklawn Park hosted 62,982 patrons during its opening three days, making it one of the biggest opening weekends in recent memory for the Hot Springs, Ark. racetrack.

  • Oaklawn Completes Track Base Project

    Oaklawn Park has completed the overhaul of its racetrack, which included rebuilding the base and renovating the racing surface. Horses are scheduled to arrive at the Arkansas track around Dec. 1.