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Oaklawn Barn Notes: April 10

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (Oaklawn) -- Stephen Brown's Jake Mo had some hop to his step during an Easter morning workout at Oaklawn as he lays in wait as a potential upsetter in Saturday's $1 million Arkansas Derby (G1).

The fourth-place finisher in the Rebel Stakes (G2) and runner-up in a division of the Southwest Stakes (G3) has been close to breaking through all season for trainer Allen Milligan. Sunday's work was further evidence in his mind the son of 2005 Kentucky Derby winner Giacomo deserves a chance in the marquee event of the Oaklawn season.

"He's always overcome everything and he's always running at the end," said Milligan, who is in contention for leading trainer this season. Jake Mo breezed five furlongs in 1:00 under Martin Escobar in a move described as "perfect" and "super." Regular jockey Cliff Berry took the holiday off but will be back aboard Saturday.

Prom safety checklist for parents

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Prom is an unforgettable milestone in your teen's life, but it's important to make sure it's not the LAST milestone of their life.

According to the U. S. Department of Transportation, just over 5,200 teens are injured and 48 teens are killed nationwide in car crashes on a typical prom weekend.

Many of them alcohol related.

Sgt. Brian Dedrick with the North Little Rock Police Dept. knows these accidents far too well and recommends all parents follow this checklist before your child heads out for the most important night of their lives:

Arlington Hotel’s Historic Crystal Ballroom gets new facelift

Arlington Hotel’s Historic Crystal Ballroom gets new facelift

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (April 9, 2012) – The past of the Crystal Ballroom in the Arlington Resort Hotel & Spa met the future recently when Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe hosted a Fifty for the Future meeting in the historic space.

The Crystal Ballroom, which has been closed for the past several months, has been restored and refurbished to a new grandeur. And it’s only fitting that the first prestigious function launched in the “new” ballroom was a gathering of the city’s top business, civic and government leaders to discuss the future.

Gov. Beebe told the crowd of about 300 that the Arlington’s Crystal Ballroom is “packed with personal memories.”

“I never cease to be amazed that every time I come into this room, this hotel, it seems to bring back more and more memories of the countless conventions, tourism activities and meetings that I participated in here,” Beebe said.

ARA: Housing market bounces back in Arkansas

ARA: Housing market bounces back in Arkansas

Arkansas REALTORS Association Reports Outstanding February
Arkansas Up/Even in Every Tracked Category

Today's Box Office: American Reunion just like old times.

Thirteen years ago, moviegoers were introduced to Jim, Stifler, Oz, Finch, Kevin, Jim's Dad, Stifler's Mom, and a host of other characters in the comedy about a group of high school seniors who are overly-obsessed with what most boys are overly-obsessed with at that age in American Pie. It takes us on a raunchy, comedic journey of just how far they're willing to go. It spawned a sequel that included the original class and a series of underwhelming, straight to video spinoffs that only featured Jim's Dad in the occasional cameo. Thirteen years later, the original main cast and most of the minor ones return for American Reunion.

Racing Festival of the South

Racing Festival of the South

WHAT:                  Oaklawn Park will host the traditional Racing Festival of the South  Wednesday, April 11 – Saturday, April 14, closing day of the 2012 racing season. There will be nine stakes races culminating with the 76th running of the $1 million Arkansas Derby (G1) on Saturday.

 

WHEN:                  Wednesday, April 11 – Saturday, April 14

                                Post times:         1:30 p.m. Wed. – Fri.

Oaklawn Barn Notes Apr. 6

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (KTHV) -- Here is Oaklawn's barn notes for Friday April 6. 

$300,000 Fantasy Stakes Kicks off Racing Festival; Amie's Dini to Face 7

Oaklawn's final week of racing kicks off Wednesday, April 11 with the start of the Racing Festival of the South and the $300,000 Fantasy Stakes (G2) for 3-year-old fillies. The 1 1/16-mile race drew a field of eight fillies hoping to follow in the footsteps of past winners and champions Rachel Alexandra and Blind Luck, led by the locally based Amie's Dini.