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Oaklawn Park

2705 Central Avenue Hot Springs, Arkansas 71901, United States

Oaklawn Park is the only thoroughbred horse racing track in Arkansas. It officially opened on February 24, 1905 and in 2009, Oaklawn Park was ranked #9 race track in North America by the Horseplayers Association. Oaklawn has evolved into one of the premier race tracks in the United States and hosts the Arkansas Derby, a Kentucky Derby prep race, every year.

The first Arkansas Derby was run in 1936 for a purse of $5,000. By 1965, the Arkansas Derby was up to a $50,000 stakes and and started attracting top Kentucky Derby contenders. The Arkansas Derby became a $100,000 stakes in 1972 and the following the year the Fantasy Stakes, a prep race to the Kentucky Oaks, was first run. In 1983, the purse for the Arkansas Derby was increased to $250,000 and just one year later, the purse was again lifted to $500,000, in 1984.

Oaklawn Park has has hosted some of the biggest names in horse raceing, including:

Old Rosebud - 1917 Horse of the Year
Black Tie Affair - 1991 Champion Older Male and Horse of the Year
Paseana - 1992 and 1993 Champion Older Female
Cigar - 1995 Champion Older Male and Horse of the Year
Favorite Trick - 1997 Champion Two-Year-Old and Horse of the Year
Banshee Breeze - 1998 Champion Three-Year-Old Filly
Smarty Jones - 2004 Champion Three-Year-Old
Saint Liam - 2004 Champion Older Male and Horse of the Year
Afleet Alex - 2005 Champion Three-Year-Old
Proud Spell - 2008 Champion Three-Year-Old Filly
Curlin 2007 - Champion Three-Year-Old and Horse of the Year
Lookin At Lucky - 2009 Champion Two-Year-Old and 2010 Champion Three-Year-Old
Rachel Alexandra - 2009 Champion Three-Year-Old Filly and Horse of the Year
Zenyatta - 2008, 2009 and 2010 Champion Older Female 2010 Horse of the Year
Blind Luck - 2010 Champion Three-Year-Old Filly

 

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Oaklawn Park Racing Schedule


Live Racing:  Wednesday through Sunday

Live Racing Calendar:  January to April 

Course type: Thoroughbred

Notable races: Apple Blossom Handicap, Arkansas Derby, Oaklawn Handicap, Fantasy Stakes, Rebel Stakes, Southwest Stakes, Oaklawn Park Meet

Main track: One mile, oval

Distance from last turn to finish line: 1,089 feet

 

Stakes Races at Oaklawn Park


Grade I
Apple Blossom Handicap
Arkansas Derby

Grade II
Fantasy Stakes
Oaklawn Handicap
Rebel Stakes

Grade III
Azeri Stakes
Count Fleet Sprint Handicap
Fifth Season Stakes
Honeybee Stakes
Razorback Handicap
Southwest Stakes

Non-graded stakes:
Carousel Stakes
Essex Handicap
Mountain Valley Stakes
Smarty Jones Stakes

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