Keyword: Pat Pope

  • Another Purse Raise at Oaklawn

    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.

  • Oaklawn Announces Participation Bonus Program

    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.

  • Oaklawn Announces Purse Increases

    Increases include a $500 increase for claiming races, and $2,000 for maiden special weight and allowance events. No purse at Oaklawn will be less than $15,500 for the remainder of the 2010 meet.

  • Oaklawn Stakes Purses Up for 2010

    Purses may be down across the country, but stakes purses at Oaklawn Park will be higher in 2010 than they were in 2009 according to report on Arkansas Sports 360.com.

  • 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.

  • Oaklawn to Redistribute Purses from Missed Races

    Purse monies intended for Oaklawn Park during the four canceled days of racing this week will be redistributed starting Feb. 8 through the balance of the season, which concludes on April 14.

  • 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 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.

  • Purses Increased at Oaklawn Park

    Following a successful opening month at Oaklawn Park, including record growth in the Instant Racing pari-mutuel wagering system, the track announced an across-the-board purse increase, beginning with the races of Feb. 24.

  • 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.

  • Oaklawn Ups Ante With $5 Million Bonus

    Oaklawn Park announced Wednesday that it will not only double the purse for next year's Arkansas Derby (gr. II) from $500,000 to $1 million, but also will offer a $5-million bonus should any horse sweep the Rebel Stakes, Arkansas Derby, and Kentucky Derby (gr. I).

  • Arkansas Derby Helps Oaklawn Meet Recover

    The 2003 Oaklawn Park meet started with cancellation of the opening weekend's cards due to terrible weather, but ended its 49-day run with an outstanding crowd of 61,752 for the Arkansas Derby program April 12.

  • Oaklawn Bumps Purse for Graded Essex

    Oaklawn Park track officials announced that the Essex Handicap (gr. III), for 3-year-olds and upwards at 1 1/16 mile, scheduled for Feb. 22, will be contested for a purse of $100,000 guaranteed.

  • Positive Momentum as Oaklawn Meet Opens

    It may be the last major winter meet to get underway, but it won't be the least on a number of fronts. Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs, Ark., is looking forward to a strong 2002 season because of higher purses, an increase in on-track business, and plenty of interest by horsemen.