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Oaklawn Closes 2017 Meet with Gains in Total Handle

Oaklawn Closes 2017 Meet with Gains in Total Handle

Culminating with 62,500 fans turning out to watch champion Classic Empire win the $1 million Arkansas Derby, the 2017 Oaklawn live racing season concluded with nearly a 5% gain in total handle and another record-setting season for purses. Good weather along with large, competitive fields led to total handle of $189,534,228 in 2017 compared to […]

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Classic Empire Returns a Winner in Arkansas Derby

Classic Empire Returns a Winner in Arkansas Derby

John Oxley’s reigning 2-year-old champion Classic Empire secured his spot in the starting gate for the Kentucky Derby with his victory in Saturday’s $1 million Arkansas Derby on closing day of the 2017 Oaklawn season. He returned $5.80, $4.40 and $3.80 as the 3-2 favorite in the field of 12. Trained by Mark Casse, Classic […]

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Iowa-breds Rockin Rudy and Chanel’s Legacy Set for Graded Stakes at Oaklawn

Iowa-breds Rockin Rudy and Chanel’s Legacy Set for Graded Stakes at Oaklawn

The number of registered Thoroughbreds born in Iowa in 2014 was 253, or 1.1 percent of the entire North American crop. But two are in graded stakes during Oaklawn Park’s Racing Festival of the South: Rockin Rudy in Saturday’s $1 million Arkansas Derby (G1) and Chanel’s Legacy in Friday’s $400,000 Fantasy (G3). Both were bred […]

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Newest Issue of American Racehorse Now Online with Articles about Oaklawn’s Triple Crown Preps

Newest Issue of American Racehorse Now Online with Articles about Oaklawn’s Triple Crown Preps

The Spring 2017 issue of American Racehorse (formerly Southern Racehorse) magazine is now available online by clicking here. This issue of American Racehorse magazine features articles about the rise of Oaklawn’s Triple Crown prep races, immigration issues facing the racing industry, the Bo Jackson of horse racing and much more. The issue also includes racing and […]

Texas Champions Texas Chrome, Ivan Fallunovalot Aiming for Oaklawn Stakes

Texas Champions Texas Chrome, Ivan Fallunovalot Aiming for Oaklawn Stakes

Multiple graded stakes winner Texas Chrome remains on schedule to make his 4-year-old debut in the $750,000 Oaklawn Handicap (G2) April 15 at Oaklawn, trainer J.R. Caldwell said Sunday morning. Texas Chrome has had three published workouts since returning to Caldwell’s barn in early February, the last a five-furlong bullet (1:01.20) over a fast track […]

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Oaklawn Increases Purses for Final Month of Meet

Oaklawn Increases Purses for Final Month of Meet

One of the richest racing seasons in the country just got richer. Oaklawn, which already has the highest purses in the country for this time of year, is increasing purses as much as $8,000 per race effective Saturday, March 18, thanks to strong business across the board and good weather. Purses for Maiden Special Weights […]

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Alex Birzer Reaches 3,000 Win Milestone at Oaklawn

Alex Birzer Reaches 3,000 Win Milestone at Oaklawn

Jockey Alex Birzer became the 174th jockey in North America to win 3,000 races when he guided Numancia to victory in Sunday’s sixth race at Oaklawn. Birzer, 43, rode three winners on Saturday’s card to move within one win of the milestone, which came with fifth mount of the day. “I’m speechless,” Birzer said. “My […]

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Texas Horse of the Year Texas Chrome Gets Back to Work, Could Run in Oaklawn Handicap

Texas Horse of the Year Texas Chrome Gets Back to Work, Could Run in Oaklawn Handicap

Multiple graded stakes winner Texas Chrome is nearing a regular breeze schedule in preparation for his 4-year-old debut, which could come in the $750,000 Oaklawn Handicap (G2) April 15, trainer J.R. Caldwell said Friday afternoon. Caldwell said Texas Chrome returned to his barn around Feb. 7 after being freshened at owner Danny Keene’s nearby training […]

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One Liner Remains Perfect with Southwest Stakes Score

One Liner Remains Perfect with Southwest Stakes Score

South Florida invader One Liner proved two turns were not a problem with an impressive 3 ½ length victory in Monday’s $500,000 Southwest Stakes (G3) before an on track crowd of 23,500 at Oaklawn. In the process, he earned his first 10 points towards eligibility in the Kentucky Derby and remained a perfect three for […]

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Gun Runner Comes Back Strong in Razorback

Gun Runner Comes Back Strong in Razorback

Winchell Thoroughbreds LLC and Three Chimneys Farm’s Gun Runner served notice that he intends to be a major player in the handicap division this year with his 5 ¾ length victory in Monday’s $500,000 Razorback Handicap (G3), the co-feature on Oaklawn’s Presidents’ Day card. Two races before One Line won the $500,000 Southwest Stakes (G3) […]

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