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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.

                                                                12 noon Saturday


WHERE:                Oaklawn Racing & Gaming, 2705 Central Ave, Hot Springs, AR 71901


WHO:                    The country’s best Thoroughbreds and horsemen will gather in Hot Springs for one of the richest weeks of racing in North America.


Schedule of Events


April 11 – 14,                      8 – 9:30 a.m.       “Dawn at Oaklawn”

Free morning program with coffee and donuts where fans can watch Festival horses train.


Wed., April 11,                 11:30 a.m.           Arkansas Derby Draw


Wed., April 11                    5:11 p.m.*           $300,000 Fantasy Stakes (G2)


Thurs., April 12                  5:11 p.m.*           $100,000 Redbud Stakes


Fri., April 13                        5:45 p.m.*           $500,000 Apple Blossom Stakes (G1)


Sat., April 14                       5:45 p.m.*           $1 million Arkansas Derby (G1)


*Race times are approximate