HOT SPRINGS, AR (Monday, Jan. 8, 2018) – Oaklawn kicks off its 114th live racing season Friday with a special 12:30 p.m. first post. The 57-day season is highlighted by $30 million in total purses, 31 stakes races and the return of the popular promotions, including the Show Bet Bonus.
Oaklawn’s 2018 promotions begin right out of the gate with the traditional $.50 corned beef sandwiches and $.10 soft drinks Jan. 13, the first Saturday of the season and continue through the holiday weekend with an Oaklawn Cap Giveaway Monday, Jan. 15, Martin Luther King Jr. Day. This is also the day Oaklawn launches its rich 3-year-old stakes program that culminates with the $1 million Arkansas Derby with the $150,000 Smarty Jones Stakes.
On the second holiday Monday of the year, Presidents’ Day, Feb. 19, the 3-year-olds take aim at the $500,000 Southwest Stakes and the older horses go head to head in the $500,000 Razorback Handicap (G3), a race that produced likely 2017 Horse of the Year Gun Runner last season. One day earlier, fans can win big during the $54,000 Progressive Cash Giveaway. Oaklawn will be giving away money after each race Feb. 18 starting with $2,000 after the first race on through the 9th race when $10,000 is given away.
One of Oaklawn’s most popular promotions of the live racing season, the Boat and Truck Giveaway, returns Saturday, April 7. Guests can begin registering for the contest Saturday, March 17, $900,000 Rebel Stakes Day, and must be present April 1 to win.
For the second straight year, Oaklawn will be offering the Show Bet Bonus, which makes the easiest wager in racing more profitable and fun for on-track guests only. With this bet, the payoff on show wagers made at Oaklawn will be higher than the payoff on the same show wager made off-track or through ADW services.
Jan. 12 – Opening Day
Jan. 13 – $.50 Corned Beef Day
Jan. 15 – Oaklawn Cap Giveaway & $150,000 Smarty Jones Stakes
Feb. 19 – Presidents’ Day – $500,000 Southwest Stakes and $500,000 Razorback Handicap post
March 17 – $900,000 Rebel Stakes Day
April 7 – Boat and Truck Giveaway
April 14 – Arkansas Derby Day
Gates open every promotion day at 11 a.m. and the first race is 1 p.m.
Oaklawn’s 2018 live meet runs Jan. 12 – April 14 on a Thursday – Sunday basis. There is also racing on the two holiday Mondays and Wednesdays, April 4 and 11. Gates open every race day at 11 a.m., except Arkansas Derby Day when they open at 10:30 a.m. For more information, visit www.oaklawn.com or call 501-623-4411.