Fillies, Preps, & The Derby

By 1988, D. Wayne Lukas had established himself as one of America’s top trainers. The Kentucky Derby, however, had eluded him; he had not yet Won it despite having 12 starters since 1981. WINNING COLORS by being Victorious in the 1988 Santa Anita Oaks, established herself as a Derby prospect. She crushed the competition in a dominant gate-to-wire performance in the Oaks Winning by eight lengths. … Continue reading Fillies, Preps, & The Derby

Arkansas Derby = Talent

Oaklawn Park will host its final Kentucky Derby prep race Saturday with the running of the $1million dollar, Grade 1 Arkansas Derby. A field of 3-year-olds will travel 1 ⅛ miles on dirt in search of Derby qualifying points. The Winner will get 100 points, while the runner-up will receive 40, the 3rd-place finisher 20, and the 4th-place finisher 10. The race was first held in … Continue reading Arkansas Derby = Talent

Who Wins The Rebel Stakes ?

The Grade 2, $1 million dollar Rebel Stakes is the third stop on the Oaklawn Park road to the 2022 Kentucky Derby. A field of 11 will race 1 1/16 miles, and the top four finishers (if eligible) will earn a share of 50-20-10-5 Derby qualifying points Here is a closer look this year’s contest. It is listed as race 11 on a card of 12 with … Continue reading Who Wins The Rebel Stakes ?

The Rebel Stakes

The Road to the Kentucky Derby is up and running, and the stakes only get bigger over the next few weeks. This Saturday, Oaklawn Park plays host to perhaps the most important prep race to date, when a field of eleven 3-year-olds will square off in the $1 million dollar, Grade 2  Rebel Stakes. The race is contested at a distance of 1 1/16 miles (8.5 furlongs) … Continue reading The Rebel Stakes

Some Saturday Superfectas

If you remember from a previous post we talked about the fun and low-risk of the .10 cent Superfecta. So here once again are a couple of Superfecta plays for Saturday. We were set to offer a couple of races from Aqueduct as well as Oaklawn Park, but Aqueduct has cancelled its Saturday card due to the weather forecast of extreme low temperatures and high … Continue reading Some Saturday Superfectas

Mr. Gary Stevens

Calvin Borel isn’t the only Hall Of Fame jockey traipsing about the Oaklawn Park barn area these days. Gary Stevens, who permanently retired from riding in 2018, returned to the Hot Springs track December 1st to begin laying the groundwork for the 2021-2022 Oaklawn meet as the agent for Southern California-based jockeys Geovanni Franco and Tiago Pereira. Stevens, 58, said he represented Corey Nakatani during … Continue reading Mr. Gary Stevens

Razorback Racing Returns

In a monumental schedule change, Oaklawn Park will open for its 118th season this Friday. The facility has added December race dates to the calendar for the first time in the track’s history. The 66-day meet will be conducted mainly on a Friday-Sunday basis and will conclude Sunday, May 8th.  The crowning achievement of the meet is the Grade 1 Arkansas Derby, which received two major changes; the … Continue reading Razorback Racing Returns

Arkansas Derby Winner…

CONCERT TOUR enters the Grade 1, $1 million dollar Arkansas Derby as a deserving favorite. Though it should be noted, he is not a monster on final times or speed figures, but that monster figure might appear on Saturday. The Arkansas Derby at Oaklawn Park is Race 12 on a card of 13 with a scheduled Post Time of 7:40. Here then is a look … Continue reading Arkansas Derby Winner…

Arkansas Derby

The Road to the Kentucky Derby winds down on Saturday with the running of the $1 million dollar Grade 1 Arkansas Derby at Oaklawn Park. The 1 1/8 mile historic race boasts an impressive roster of Winners. Highlighted by champions and/or classic Winners AMERICAN PHAROAH, CREATOR, CURLIN, LAWYER RON, AFLEET ALEX, SMARTY JONES, and VICTORY GALLOP just to name a few.   If you’re going … Continue reading Arkansas Derby

Who Wins The Rebel ?

Saturday’s $1 million dollar Rebel Stakes (G2) is the third of four qualifying points preps at Oaklawn Park for the May 1st Kentucky Derby. The April 10th Arkansas Derby is the final KD prep race at Oaklawn.  The 1 1/16-mile Rebel offers Derby points to the top four finishers on a 50-20-10-5 scale as well as a hefty purse distribution. This year’s Rebel drew a competitive eight-horse … Continue reading Who Wins The Rebel ?