Everything You Want to Know About Oaklawn Park
Oaklawn Park was established in 1904 in Hot Springs, Arkansas and has been the number one tourist attraction in the state ever since. Oaklawn Park races 55 days a season on its one-mile main dirt course and is described as one of the most beautiful racetracks in the United States.
Located in the foothills of the Ouachita Mountains, Oaklawn Park runs a winter/spring meet which includes 32 stakes races culminating with the Arkansas Derby for 3-year olds at 1 1/8th miles. The Arkansas Derby has been the stepping stone for many future Kentucky Derby winners as the race serves as Arkansas premier prep race. During Oaklawn’s “Racing Festival of the South”, fans are entertained by a week-long tribute to racing excellence with a major stakes race with a minimum of $100,000 in purse money offered up each day. The Apple Blossom Handicap for fillies and mares 4-years old and up, has long been one of the main races in Oaklawn Park’s meet. The town of Hot Springs, Arkansas where Oaklawn Park is located is long famous for its lakes and resort area accommodations.
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