Opening Weekend at Oaklawn

Zoie Clift
The 2010 live Thoroughbred
racing season officially opens this weekend at Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs. The
season concludes with the Arkansas Derby on April 10.

The Arkansas Derby, a race
that has become one of the best trials for the Kentucky Derby, is one of three
races that have been elevated to Grade 1 status in the U.S. for the this
season. The Arkansas Derby becomes the fifth Kentucky Derby trial to be given
this status alongside the Florida Derby (Gulfstream Park), Santa Anita Derby,
Wood Memorial (Aqueduct) and Blue Grass Stakes (Keeneland).

Recent winners of the
$1million event have included Smarty Jones, Afleet Alex and Curlin, who between
them have won five Triple Crown races.

The season also rings in the
completion of Oaklawn’s new electronic gaming facility, which includes fine
dining, electronic poker and blackjack and other games of skill. The new gaming
facilities are open year round. For more information visit or call
501-623-4411 or 1-800-625-5296.

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