Oaklawn News

Talamo Making His Presence Known in Oaklawn’s Jockey Standings

Jockey Joe Talamo, previously based in Southern California, has made a huge splash in his first season as an Oaklawn regular. Through Friday, the 37th day of the scheduled 57-day meeting, Talamo led all jockeys in stakes victories (six) and ranked second in purse earnings ($2,281,058).
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Aptly Named Big Return Hits Big for O’Neill

Big Returns did just that in Sunday’s featured eighth race at Oaklawn, returning a whopping $125.20 to win after a 2 ½-length score in the first-level allowance/optional claiming sprint for 3-year-olds under Ramon Vazquez.
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Apprentice Jockey Kelsi Harr Making Most of the Oaklawn Meet

Tiny Slovak, Ark., is having a big impact on the jockey standings this year at Oaklawn. Kelsi Harr, raised in the unincorporated Grand Prairie farming community 55 miles east of Little Rock, had five victories through Saturday to lead all apprentice jockeys at the 57-day meeting that is scheduled to conclude May 2.
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Jockey Luis Quinonez Records 600th Oaklawn Victory

Jockey Luis Quinonez recorded his 600th career Oaklawn victory in Friday’s ninth race, according to Equibase, racing’s official data gathering organization. Quinonez reached the milestone aboard Warrior’s Map ($39.60) for trainer Larry Jones.
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Reeve McGaughey Records First Win at Trainer

Eight was enough for trainer Reeve McGaughey. McGaughey, the son of Hall of Fame trainer Shug McGaughey, recorded his first career victory in Thursday’s seventh race at Oaklawn with Franknjymme ($7.20). It was his eighth career starter.
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OAKLAWN TO CLOSE CASINO FOR TWO WEEKS; RACING TO CONTINUE

With the unfortunate announcement Sunday afternoon that two people have tested positive for Covid-19 (Coronavirus) in Garland County, Oaklawn has made the decision to voluntarily close the casino for two weeks effective Monday, March 16 at 8 am through March 30. This includes Silks Bar and Grill, Bistro 2705 and the Sports Book. The racing operations will continue without spectators during this same time period.
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NADAL GIVES BAFFERT LUCKY SEVEN IN REBEL STAKES

Nadal lived up to his 4-5 odds and gave Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert his seventh Rebel Stakes (G1) victory in 10 years with his front-running win in the $1 million milestone on the road to the Arkansas and Kentucky Derbys.
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