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Oaklawn kicks off 2015 season
Oaklawn kicks off 2015 season

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (KTHV) - After cancelling the original opening date, Oaklawn plans to open its gates to the public Thursday. 

Thursday’s nine-race card is anchored by the $100,000 Dixie Belle Stakes for 3-year-old fillies at six furlongs, and also features the return for 2014 Arkansas Derby and Preakness runner-up Ride On Curlin in a second-level allowance sprint.

Nine of Oaklawn’s 10 leading trainers from last year have returned, including three-time defending champion Steve Asmussen. Among the high-profile training newcomers are Tony Dutrow, Wayne Catalano, Mike Stidham, Steve Margolis, Karl Broberg and Robertino Diodoro.

Broberg (325), Asmussen (294) and Diodoro (244) ranked first, second and fifth, respectively, in the country in victories last year.

Among the top horses scheduled to run at the meet are Grade I winners Take Charge Brandi, the likely champion 2-year-old filly, The Big Beast, Work All Week, Don’t Tell Sophia and Moonshine Mullin. 

Gates will open at 11 a.m. and first post for the nine races is 1 p.m.

Admission is free.