50,000 trading cards of champions Rachel Alexandra and Zenyatta will be printed
tomorrow to provide free souvenirs of the $5 million Apple Blossom Invitational at
Oaklawn on April 9.
Calling it “one of the most
important moments at Oaklawn and in Arkansas sports,” Oaklawn President Charles
J. Cella announced earlier this month the news of the race, set to be the
largest purse for a filly and mare race in the history of North American Thoroughbred
The cards, 25,000 of each
horse, are being printed by the Hot Springs CVB.
“We’ve done a series of
trading cards in the past,” Hot Springs CVB CEO Steve Arrison said in a news
release. “Most of those have featured President Bill Clinton and his connection
to his hometown of Hot Springs. We did a card featuring the racehorse Smarty
Jones, which proved tremendously popular with the public.”
The first public
distribution of the cards will be at 10 in the morning March 2, at the downtown
Visitor Center in Hill Wheatley Plaza on Central Avenue at the southern end of
Bathhouse Row. One free copy of each card will be given to all who attend. Oaklawn
will also distribute free copies of the cards on Saturday, March 6. The cards
will be given away as long as supplies last.
Invitational has already attracted unprecedented attention around the globe for
Oaklawn, Hot Springs and the state of Arkansas,” Arrison said. “These Apple
Blossom trading cards will give people a free souvenir of a great time at a
great racetrack in a great city in a great state.” For more information call
Steve Arrison at 501-321-2027.