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Free Fishing Days event begins next weekend

Free Fishing Days event begins next weekend

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. – Free Fishing Days of the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission begins next weekend. Free Fishing Days will start at noon Friday, June 10, through midnight Sunday, June 12. No sport fisherman, resident or non-resident, will be required to have a fishing license or a trout permit to fish anywhere in Arkansas during these times.

An annual tradition, Free Fishing Days furnishes many citizens and visitors with an opportunity to enjoy the popular outdoor activity. Free Fishing Days are part of the National Fishing Week celebration. Mark Oliver, chief of fisheries for the AGFC, said the annual event is a lot of fun for employees as well as the public. "We want to encourage Arkansas people as well as visitors who come to our state, who may not be fishermen, to give it a try. We especially encourage parents to go fishing with their kids.

Oaklawn update

Oaklawn update

Below is a look at some familiar names from the 2011 Oaklawn Park Meet who will be competing in stakes races at various tracks around the country this weekend.

Alternation Makes Case for Belmont Start; She’s All In, Pulpitarian Head Von Hemel’s Horses This Saturday

Pin Oak Stable’s Alternation, who had a star-crossed winter at Oaklawn Park before his breakout victory in Belmont Park’s Peter Pan Stakes (G2) May 14, showed his connections that he may be ready to take the next big step into the Belmont Stakes (G1) on June 11 with a solid workout Friday at Arlington Park. The Donnie K. Von Hemel-trained Distorted Humor colt covered five furlongs in 1:00 3/5 and galloped out six furlongs in 1:13.

The workout was his first since winning the race in New York and Von Hemel expects to make a final decision about a return trip for the Belmont by this weekend.

Find a free fishing derby near you!

Find a free fishing derby near you!

HOT SPRINGS, AR--- Children will soon be out of school for the summer and many families are looking for ways to have fun in the sun together.  The Ouachita and Ozark-St. Francis National Forests are co-sponsoring several fishing derbies on Ranger Districts across Arkansas and Oklahoma.

“We work closely with the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission and the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation to ensure all the derby sites are well-stocked with catfish or trout for the event,” stated Richard Standage, Ouachita National Forest Fisheries Biologist.

 “The derbies are free to the public. Each child must be registered before casting a line.  The registration consists of name, age, address, phone number, and the signature of a parent or guardian,” stated   Keith Whalen, Ozark-St. Francis National Forests Fisheries Biologist.

June events at Oaklawn

June events at Oaklawn

Chubby Checker, live in the Finish Line Theater

Thursday, June 16 at 7 p.m. Only $20. Limited seating available.

Tickets on sale Monday, June 6. Call 501-623-4411 Ext. 340 for reservations.


Gaming Promotions

Thursdays, 6 p.m. – 10 p.m., $20,000 Lucky Luau Giveaway.

Friday-Sunday, Tuesday, throughout the day, Treasure Trivia.


Triple Crown Simulcasting

Belmont, June 11.


Simulcast Promotions

Twin Quin, played Thursday, Friday and Sunday.

Oaklawn Plinko, played Saturdays.


Food and Drink Specials

Happy Hour in the game room, Monday – Thursday, 4 p.m. – 7 p.m. ($1 drafts, $2 wine, $2 wells)

Steak Night in Lagniappe’s, Fridays from 5 p.m.

Notes from Preakness

Notes from Preakness

Nehro to Bypass Preakness Stakes; Will Target Belmont Stakes

Ahmed Zayat’s Arkansas Derby and Kentucky Derby runner-up Nehro will skip the Preakness and make his next start in the Belmont Stakes on June 11.

Zayat, who watched his colt train Monday morning at Churchill Downs, consulted with trainer Steve Asmussen, assistant trainer Scott Blasi and exercise rider Carlos Rosa

before making the decision to skip the Preakness Tuesday morning. Nehro has performed well while on a demanding schedule, finishing second in consecutive graded stakes: the Louisiana Derby on March 26, the Arkansas Derby on April 16 and in the Derby on May 7.

“It was a very difficult decision because we have a very happy and healthy horse at the moment,” said Brad Weisbord, the finance and racing manager for Zayat Stables. “Any time you’re going to skip a classic, usually there is a better excuse than that. The main decision came down to Mr.

Arkansas Derby trio head for Preakness

Arkansas Derby trio head for Preakness

From the Preakness Stakes barn notes:

Oaklawn Park, which produced the last two Preakness Stakes (G1) winners – Lookin at Lucky (2010) and Rachel Alexandra (2009), could have as many as three representatives in this year’s middle leg of the Triple Crown. While Lookin at Lucky won the Rebel Stakes (G2) and Rachel Alexandra won the Fantasy Stakes (G2) en route to their Preakness wins, this year, all three possible candidates – Nehro, Dance City and Sway Away – have emerged from the $1 million Arkansas Derby, the track’s signature race.

Should his connections decide to run him, the Arkansas trio would be led by Arkansas Derby (G1) and Kentucky Derby (G1) runner-up Nehro.

Let the big dog eat

Let the big dog eat

Every golfer has heard someone say "Let the big dog eat!" when he has the driver in his hand.  An upcoming fundraiser adds another meaning to that old expression.  On Sunday, May 15, the Humane Society of Garland County is sponsoring the First Annual Humane Society Big Dog Golf Tournament at Diamondhead Country Club.

"Most people don’t know the extent of the work done by the humane society to care for abused, abandoned and neglected pets in Garland County," said Richard Smith, executive chair. "This is an opportunity for some golfers – and the whole community – to show that they respect the Society’s work, and want to help."

There are still playing positions available for teams of four and individual players.  The entry fee is $50 before May 1 and $75 per person thereafter.  The fee includes a barbecue lunch provided by Security Bank and prizes for longest drive, closest to the pin and other contests.

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