Oaklawn News

CADDO RIVER SEEKS TO GIVE SHORTLEAF THE SWEEP OF OAKLAWN’S SERIES

No owner has won all four of what are now Oaklawn’s Kentucky Derby points races. But, one will have that chance Friday when trainer Brad Cox sends out Caddo River for John Ed Anthony’s Shortleaf Stable in the $150,000 Smarty Jones Stakes, a 1-mile event that highlights Oaklawn’s opening-day nine-race program.
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Seven Entered for Opening Day Smarty Jones

Seven Entered for Opening Day Smarty Jones Oaklawn will open its 117th season next Friday, Jan. 22, with the $150,000 Smarty Jones Stakes, which drew a field of seven, highlighting the nine-race card that begins at 12:30 p.m. The one-mile Smarty Jones carries 17 total points towards eligibility in the Kentucky Derby (G1) and is the first of four races in Oaklawn’s rich series that culminates April 10 with the $1 million Arkansas Derby (G1).
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Keepmeinmind Posts Second Work at Oaklawn

Keepmeinmind moved closer to his 2020 debut with a half-mile workout late Tuesday morning at Oaklawn, going in :48.80 just after the first surface renovation break under regular rider David Cohen.
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Jockey Martin Garcia is Back

Jockey Martin Garcia never really left, but his riding resurgence in 2020 abruptly ended when he fractured his collarbone in an Oct. 18 spill at Keeneland. Garcia got on horses for the first time since the accident Dec. 27 at Oaklawn, where he made a huge splash last year in his debut as a regular, tying for second in the standings with 53 victories.
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Caddo River Pointing Towards Smarty Jones

Powerful maiden winner Caddo River will make his stakes and two-turn debut in the $150,000 Smarty Jones for 3-year-olds Jan. 22 at Oaklawn, the colt’s trainer, Brad Cox, said Tuesday morning.
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OAKLAWN TO ALLOW A LIMITED NUMBER OF FANS IN 2021

Pursuant to the Arkansas Department of Health directive, Oaklawn plans to conduct the 2021 live meet with limited spectators. The 57-day season runs from Friday, Jan. 22 – Saturday, May 1. “We’ve been working on plans covering numerous scenarios and ...
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OAKLAWN ANNOUNCES NEW PROPOSED INTEGRITY INITIATIVES AHEAD OF 2021 SEASON

Working in partnership with the Arkansas Racing Commission and the Arkansas HBPA (Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association), Oaklawn Racing Casino Resort has announced, subject to legislative approval, a series of significant proposed safety and integrity enhancements planned for the 2021 racing season. Key provisions include the prohibition of Clenbuterol within 60 days of a race, reduction in the maximum amount of Lasix without specific approval, and the mandatory use of safety whips in races.
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