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Oaklawn Park Information

Live Racing: Wednesday - Sunday
Live Racing Calendar: January to April
Course type: Thoroughbred
Main track: 1 mile, oval
Distance from last turn to finish line: 1,089 feet
Turf course: Seven furlongs

Oaklawn Park - Major Races

Oaklawn Park Major races - Grade 1
Month Race Distance Age/Sex
Apr Apple Blossom Handicap 1 1⁄16 miles (8.5 furlongs) 4yo +
Apr Arkansas Derby 1 1⁄8 miles (9 furlongs) 3yo

Oaklawn Park Major races - Grade 2
Month Race Distance Age/Sex
Mar Azeri Stakes 1 1⁄16 miles (8.5 furlongs) 4yo + f&m
Apr Oaklawn Handicap 1 1⁄8 miles (9 furlongs) 4yo +
Mar Rebel Stakes 1 1⁄16 miles (8.5 furlongs) 3yo +

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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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