Will Take Charge Goes for Championship in Clark

November 27, 2013

Willis D. Horton’s Will Take Charge, winner of Oaklawn’s Smarty Jones and Rebel Stakes earlier this year, could wrap up the Eclipse Award as Champion 3-year-old male with a victory Friday in the Grade 1 Clark Handicap at Churchill Downs. The Unbridled’s Song colt, trained by Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas, drew post seven of nine for the 1 1/8 race where among his eight rivals is top older horse Game On Dude. Read More

Horses Are Arriving; Preparations for 2014 Step Up

November 21, 2013

The word is out! The horsemen want to run for Oaklawn’s record $20 million in purses and know that if they have a good 3-year-old, the best place to prepare for the Triple Crown is right here in Hot Springs. This has been evident in the demand for stall space for the 2014 season, which has never been greater. Racing Secretary Pat Pope and Stall Superintendent Beverly Fowler had the Herculean task of sorting through nearly 3,000 stall applications for the 1,550 stalls available and assigning them based on what will give Oaklawn the most competitive races. Read More


November 19, 2013

Hot Springs, Ark. (Friday, Nov. 15, 2013) – The holiday spirit will be in full swing all month long and will culminate Tuesday, Dec. 31 when Oaklawn hosts Hot Springs’ best New Year’s Eve Party to ring in 2014. Guests are invited to enjoy a festive evening of games, cash drawings, live music and an elegant Prime Rib dinner served in the Carousel Restaurant. The cost for the meal is $22.95 with a Winners Circle card and $26.95 without. Oaklawn will close at midnight Christmas Eve and will not reopen until 10 a.m. Dec. 26. It is completely closed Christmas Day. Read More


November 19, 2013

Oaklawn collected food for local charities from patrons and employees for the second straight year and nearly doubled the donations from 2012. Close to 10,000 cans of food and other non-perishable food items were collected between Nov. 10 and 17 and delivered Nov. 19 to Jackson House and Safe Haven just in time for the Thanksgiving holiday. Read More

Breeders’ Cup Preps Highlight Weekend Racing

September 27, 2013

It’s going to be a busy weekend coast to coast for horses looking to secure their spots in the Breeders’ Cup Nov. 1 and 2 at Santa Anita, including several horses with Oaklawn connections. Belmont Park has its Super Saturday card featuring six stakes, while Santa Anita, the host site, will offer five stakes Saturday and all 11 races offer the winners a guaranteed spot in their respective Breeders’ Cup races. No automatic berth is at stake in Churchill Downs’ new $175,000 Homing Stakes, but the race did attract defending Breeders’ Cup Classic winner Fort Larned, who earlier in the year ran in the Oaklawn Handicap, as he prepares to defend his title. Read More

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