Go, Go, Go, Joe Talamo

The jockey colony at Oaklawn Park has grown more competitive as the purses have increased throughout the past decade. One notable addition is Joe Talamo who is back at the Hot Springs, Arkansas track this year for his second full season. Smokin’ Joe – a former mainstay in southern California who was featured on the Animal Planet Network reality show Jockeys – decided to trade Santa Anita Park for … Continue reading Go, Go, Go, Joe Talamo

Arkansas Derby Division II

The highly-touted, Bob Baffert trained, NADAL will put his perfect record on the line Saturday in the second division of the Grade 1, $500,000 dollar Arkansas Derby at Oaklawn Park.  But he won’t offer any Value in this talent laden field of equally prominent 3-year-olds. The second division of the Arkansas Derby is Race 13 on a card of 14 with a scheduled Post Time … Continue reading Arkansas Derby Division II

Arkansas Derby First Division Picks

22 horses were entered for the 1 1/8-mile Arkansas Derby.  After which  Oaklawn Park officials decided to split the race into two divisions, both offering a $500,000 dollar purse. Churchill Downs opted to let both divisions of the Arkansas Derby race for the original 100-40-20-10 Kentucky Derby qualifying points. The generosity of point dispersion takes into consideration that the Wood Memorial, Blue Grass Stakes and, … Continue reading Arkansas Derby First Division Picks

The First Saturday In May

The horse racing world like all areas of society continues to make changes in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and public health crisis.  Racetracks across America have either adjourned live racing or prohibited anyone other than essential employees from entering. Many tracks have cancelled or postponed meets during  their respective April/May seasons.   But racing continues at a few tracks across the country that have instituted … Continue reading The First Saturday In May

Oaklawn Stakes Picks

The Arkansas Derby (G1) at Oaklawn Park  was moved to May 2nd after Churchill Downs pushed the Kentucky Derby back to September. The $200,000 dollar Oaklawn Stakes will run on Saturday at nine furlongs and offer three automatic berths to the Arkansas Derby to its top finishers. The Oaklawn Stakes is Race 11 on a card of 12, with a scheduled Post Time of 6:48.  … Continue reading Oaklawn Stakes Picks

Jockey Out-Runs Covid-19

Jockey Javier Castellano plans on returning to competitive riding on May 1st at Oaklawn Park, 37 days after testing positive for coronavirus, per a report from turf writer David Grening. The Hall of Fame rider has not raced since March 15th, nine days before testing positive for the COVID-19 virus on March 24th. Castellano returned to New York on Tuesday, after spending two weeks at … Continue reading Jockey Out-Runs Covid-19

Oaklawn’s Top Riders

Last week the Daily Racing Blog looked at the top trainers at Oaklawn Park Race Track in Hot Springs, Arkansas.  This week we give you the top jockeys to watch for at this eight week meet. Ricardo Santana Jr. He could easily be described as jockey of the decade at Oaklawn, Winning six consecutive riding titles from 2013-2018. In April 2019, he recorded his 1,000th … Continue reading Oaklawn’s Top Riders