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Four-day celebration launches Oaklawn 2012 season

Four-day celebration launches Oaklawn 2012 season

FOUR-DAY OPENING WEEKEND WITH TWO PROMOTIONS

KICKS OFF OAKLAWN’S 2012 LIVE SEASON

56-Day Meet Begins Friday, January 13

 

HOT SPRINGS, AR (Thursday, Dec. 29, 2011) – In Arkansas, there are five seasons – Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall and the Oaklawn live meet, which is set to start Friday, Jan. 13 with the aptly named $75,000 Fifth Season Stakes. Other highlights of the four-day opening weekend are the traditional 50-cent Corn Beef Sandwiches Saturday, Jan. 15 and Oaklawn Ball Caps will be given away with each paid admission while supplies last Monday, Jan. 16, Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Oaklawn reduces minimum on three wagers

Oaklawn reduces minimum on three wagers

2012 Live Racing Season Kicks Off Jan. 13

HOT SPRINGS, AR (Thursday, Dec.15, 2011) – In advance of the start of its 2012 live race meet Jan. 13, Oaklawn has reduced the minimum bet for the Pick 3, Pick 4 and Classix wager. The Pick 3 and Pick 4 will both have a 50-cent minimum, while the Classix, a Pick 6 wager, is going from $2 to $1.

Oaklawn offers a competitive takeout rate of 17% for straight bets and 21% on all exotic bets. In addition, the 50-cent Pick 3s and Pick 4s, Oaklawn also offers 50-cent Trifectas and 10-cent Superfectas along with $1 Exactas and $1 Daily Doubles. The minimum bet for straight wagers is $2.

“We looked at what other tracks are doing and listened to feedback from our customers in putting together our 2012 wagering menu,” said Assistant General Manager of Racing David Longinotti.

Hot Springs Bathers baseball team remembered in new book

Hot Springs Bathers baseball team remembered in new book

 

HOT SPRINGS NATIONAL PARK, Arkansas — Don Duren, author of the recently published Bathers Baseball: A History of Minor League Baseball at the Arkansas Spa, will have a book signing from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., Friday, December 2,  in Room 201at the Hot Springs Convention Center.

 

The public is invited to meet Duren and to visit with former members of the Bathers team (including Jack Bales, Tony Zini, and Ed White).
 

In the 477-page softcover Bathers Baseball: A History of Minor League Baseball at the Arkansas Spa, published in 2011, Duren tells the fascinating history of Hot Springs’ professional baseball teams.

 

The Spa City entered the professional minor league baseball ranks in 1887 with the Hot Springs Blues of the Southwestern League. Hot Springs intermittently fielded pro teams (the Hot Springs Bathers, The Hot Springs Vapors, and the Hot Springs Vaporites) from then until 1909.

Oaklawn barn opens for 2012 season

Oaklawn barn opens for 2012 season

HOT SPRINGS, AR (Monday, Nov. 14, 2011) – Oaklawn’s barn area opened Monday in advance of the 2012 live racing season. The track will open next Monday, Nov. 21, for training. The 2012 Live Meet begins Friday, Jan. 13 and culminates Saturday, April 14 with the 76th running of the $1 million Arkansas Derby. 

 

Among the first trainers to arrive was Rick Jackson. Others expected to be among the early arrivals include Allen Milligan, Ron Moquett, Jinks Fires, Steve Hobby and John Botty.

Historic football rivalry presented by St. Joseph’s Mercy

Historic football rivalry presented by St. Joseph’s Mercy

ARKADELPHIA, Ark. -- Two of the region’s most long-standing traditions will come together on Saturday, November 12 as St. Joseph’s Mercy presents the 85th Battle of the Ravine.

St. Joseph’s Mercy was founded by the Sisters of Mercy in Hot Springs in 1888. Just seven years later, in 1885, Henderson State and Ouachita Baptist played football for the first time in Arkadelphia.

They’ll meet for the 85th time at 1 p.m. Saturday at A.U. Williams Field on the Ouachita Baptist campus in Arkadelphia. Each team has 39 victories in the series with six games finishing tied.

The Mercy Battle of the Ravine is one of the most unique rivalries in all of sports with the Henderson State and Ouachita Baptist campuses separated by only U.S. Highway 67 in Arkadelphia. It’s the only college football game in America in which the visiting team walks to a road game.

The announcement was made on Nov. 7 at St.

Oaklawn Stars Continue to Progress toward Breeders’ Cup

Oaklawn Stars Continue to Progress toward Breeders’ Cup

Below are a selection of notes on Oaklawn horses competing in the Breeders’ Cup:

Flat Out – The 2009 Smarty Jones winner, a leading contender for the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic, returned to the track Tuesday morning and jogged two miles under exercise rider Otto Aguilar after shedrowing Monday following his Sunday breeze. Trainer Scooter Dickey, who began his career as a jockey in the 1950s at Oaklawn and has been training the Hot Springs track since the 1950s, reported that the 5-year-old son of Flatter was fresh and on the muscle.

“He got mad because we didn’t let him gallop,” Dickey said. “He went one round and started on the next round and he started giving the rider a little trouble, just getting into the bit and wanting to go. So he’s fine.”

Flat Out will get his way on Wednesday, when he is expected to gallop about a mile and a half.

Bellamy Bros. concert highlights October events

Bellamy Bros. concert highlights October events

 

HOT SPRINGS, AR (Sept. 14, 2011) – Oaklawn’s popular 2011 concert series comes to an end Thursday, Oct. 6 with a highly anticipated performance by the legendary Bellamy Brothers. Following on the heels of the sold out Nitty Gritty Dirt Band concert in August, the chart-topping duo will hit the Finish Line Theater stage at 7 p.m. Tickets, which are limited to people 21 years or older, are $20 and go on sale starting Monday, Sept. 26.

The Bellamy Brothers are probably best known for their hits “Let Your Love Flow,” their first number one hit in 1976, and "If I Said You Had A Beautiful Body,” their first country music number one in the United States and the 1979 “Song of the Year” in the United Kingdom.