February 12, 2010 |
Horse racing fans are on the verge of having what might be the top item on their wish list fulfilled -- a race between the nation's top two female horses, Rachel Alexandra and Zenyatta. Charles Cella, owner of Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs, Ark., said Thursday the owners of the two horses had agreed to run in the $5-million Apple Blossom Invitational on April 9. "This is truly a race for the ages," Cella told the Associated Press. He moved back the Apple Blossom six days after Jess Jackson, owner of Rachel Alexandra, said his horse would not run in the race because the date was too early.
April 13, 2006 |
Bordonaro, who broke his maiden against $32,000 claimers on April 1 last year at Santa Anita, will try for his second graded stakes career victory today in Arkansas. The 5-year-old Memo gelding, who is owned by breeders Fred Carrillo and Daniel Cassella and trained by Bill Spawr, will face six opponents in the $150,000 Count Fleet Sprint Handicap today at Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs.
January 21, 2005 |
Oaklawn Park begins its 55-day winter-spring meet with a nine-race card today in Hot Springs, Ark. The main event is the $50,000 Dixieland Stakes, a 5 1/2 -furlong dash for 3-year-olds. Sir Laff Alot, who won an allowance race by 7 3/4 lengths in his last start, Oct. 29 at Keeneland, heads a field of 10 in the Dixieland. Trained by Bob Holthus for Fly Racing LLC, the 3-year-old General Royal colt will be ridden by John McKee in his Oaklawn debut.
May 4, 2004 |
Many horseplayers in the crowd of 140,000 at Saturday's Kentucky Derby were betting on Smarty Jones. But there were a few insurance companies betting against him. When Smarty Jones, the Derby favorite, won the race, owners Patricia and Roy Chapman earned a $5-million bonus offered by Oaklawn Park, a track in Hot Springs, Ark. Months earlier, Oaklawn's owners took out an insurance policy covering half the bonus. They secured a second policy for the remaining $2.
April 16, 1994 |
Disqualified in the Santa Anita Handicap in his last start, The Wicked North will have 11 opponents when he runs in the $750,000 Oaklawn Handicap today at Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs, Ark. The 1 1/8-mile race is one of three out-of-town events, along with the Blue Grass Stakes from Keeneland and the California Derby from Golden Gate Fields, that Santa Anita will simulcast today. Post time will be 15 minutes earlier than usual, at 12:15 p.m.
March 11, 1990 |
Tarascon improved his 3-year-old credentials when he blew past Karen's Tom in the middle of the turn and coasted to a 12-length victory over Dotsero on Saturday in the $58,400 Southwest Stakes at Oaklawn Park. Adjudicating, one of the top 2-year-olds in the country last year, made up some ground late and finished third. Tarascon, ridden by Larry Snyder, completed the mile in 1:35 4/5. As the favorite, he returned $4.80.