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Oaklawn releases first condition book with increased purses
Oaklawn releases first condition book with increased purses

                Stall Applications Now Available

HOT SPRINGS, AR (Thursday, Sept. 1, 2011) – For the fourth consecutive year, Oaklawn Park’s newly released first condition book will reflect an increase in purses from the start of the previous meet. For the first time in track history, maiden allowance races will start out carrying a minimum purse of $40,000 and the minimum claiming race purse will be $15,300. Last year, maiden allowance races started at $36,000 and the minimum purse was $15,200.   

The announcement of purses comes on the heels of the previously announced record 34-race stakes schedule worth nearly $5.2 million. This includes raising the Rebel Stakes (G2) from $300,000 to $500,000 and a condensed four-day, nine stakes Racing Festival of the South.

“The continued success of Instant Racing and our Gaming Center keeps delivering as promised in the form higher purses, which allows us to improve our racing product every year,” said David Longinotti, Assistant General Manager of Racing. “Oaklawn is very proud that we continue to buck the national trend and can offer these record purses.”

The first condition book and stakes book are available upon request by calling 501-701-5570 and these can also be found at www.oaklawn.com along with stall applications, which are due October 27. Racing Secretary will make his first recruiting trip to Chicago beginning Tuesday, Sept. 6 and Longinotti will be visiting with horsemen during the Keeneland sales, Sept. 12 and 13.

Oaklawn Park’s barn area will open Monday, Nov. 14 and the track will open for training the following Monday, Nov. 21. For more information, visit www.oaklawn.com.