Oaklawn News

OAKLAWN REMAINS STEADFAST IN COMMITMENT TO RACING

Following the news that Southland Racing and Gaming in West Memphis plans to phase out dog racing over the next few years, Louis Cella, President of Oaklawn Racing Casino Resort in Hot Springs, made it clear there are no such plans at his facility.
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OAKLAWN TO INCREASE MINIMUM WAGE TO $13.00/HOUR

In an unprecedented move, Oaklawn Racing Casino Resort will be increasing minimum wage for non-tipped team members from $9.25/hour to $13.00/hour starting at the end of September. Tipped team members will increase to $6.00/hour minimum (seasonal and year-round).
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SPORTS WAGERING DEBUTS AT OAKLAWN

Oaklawn has become the first in Arkansas to offer sports wagering with the opening Monday of its newly remodeled Race & Sports Book in the north end of the casino. The Race & Sports Book offers teller wagering as well as fast, user-friendly kiosks and is open seven days a week.
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COUNTRY MUSIC ICON LEE GREENWOOD HEADLINES SPA BLAST JULY 3

Country Music legend Lee Greenwood will headline the 28th annual Spa Blast in Oaklawn’s Infield Wednesday, July 3. Gates will open at 5 p.m. and Greenwood will take the stage at 8 p.m. Following his performance will be one of the region’s largest fireworks displays (approx 9:30 p.m.).
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LAUGHING FOX EARNS PREAKNESS BID WITH OAKLAWN INVITATIONAL WIN

HOT SPRINGS, AR (Saturday, May 4, 2019) – Alex and JoAnn Lieblong’s Laughing Fox, coming off a fourth-place finish in the $1 million Arkansas Derby (G1) April 13, rebounded off that race to post his first career stakes victory in Saturday’s inaugural $300,000 Oaklawn Invitational at Oaklawn. The win earned the Union Rags colt an automatic berth to the May 18 Preakness Stakes (G1) where he will meet Arkansas Derby third-place finisher Country House, who won the Kentucky Derby via disqualification, among others.
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OMAHA BEACH SPLASHES TO ARKANSAS DERBY VICTORY

Fox Hill Farm’s Rebel Stakes (G2) winner Omaha Beach returned to Hot Springs from his California base to post an even more impressive victory in Saturday’s $1 million Arkansas Derby (G1) before a rain-drenched crowd of 45,000.
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QUIP NARROW WINNER OF OAKLAWN HANDICAP

HOT SPRINGS, AR (Saturday, April 13, 2019) – WinStar Farm, China Horse Club and SF Racing’s Quip made a successful return to Oaklawn, holding off Lone Sailor by a neck to win the $750,000 Oaklawn Handicap (G2) for older horses before an estimated crowd of 45,000 on a rainy Saturday afternoon.
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MIDNIGHT BISOU LEADS SMALL, BUT MIGHTY APPLE BLOSSOM FIELD

HOT SPRINGS, AR (Saturday, April 13, 2019) – A small, but select six-horse field is entered in the $750,000 Apple Blossom Handicap (G1) Sunday at Oaklawn, a 1 1/16-event for older fillies and mares that highlights the first day of the track’s new “Stay Until May” racing calendar.
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LADY APPLE SKIMS RAIL FOR MILD FANTASY UPSET

Phoenix Thoroughbreds III and KatieRich Stables’ Lady Apple used a ground saving trip to score a one-length victory at odds of 9-1 in Friday’s $500,000 Fantasy Stakes (G3) before an on-track crowd of 17,000.
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ARKANSAS’ #1 TOURIST DESTINATION GETS A NEW NAME

One of the most iconic names in Thoroughbred racing and Arkansas tourism is adding a new level of excitement to its storied 115-year history. Oaklawn Racing & Gaming will now be known as Oaklawn Racing Casino Resort. As a full-service casino, Oaklawn will begin offering live craps, live blackjack, and continue offering popular slot games Monday, April 1. It will be adding sports betting in the coming weeks.
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