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Notes from the barn at Oaklawn

Notes from the barn at Oaklawn

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. - A successful opening day and a proven affinity for Oaklawn Park will lead trainer Larry Jones to send Tommy Ligon's Backwater Blues into Saturday's $50,000 King Cotton Stakes with just two weeks between starts.

The 4-year-old son of Dixieland Band won a $65,000 allowance race here Jan. 16 for his second straight victory dating back to a similar allowance win at Penn National in November. He has two wins in four Oaklawn starts with a second-place finish in last year's Mountain Valley Stakes.

With winter weather playing havoc with training schedules, Jones thinks Backwater Blues might be at an advantage with the quick return to the races.

"We've all been kind of in the same pile," Jones said Wednesday morning. "With the weather keeping us all from really working, we all ran kind of an equal race.

HSU celebrates women in sports

HSU celebrates women in sports

ARKADELPHIA, Ark. – Henderson State University will honor its female athletes, physical education, recreation and sports medicine majors in conjunction with National Girls and Women in Sports Day on Tuesday, Feb. 1. A special program, which is open to the public, will be held at 12:30 p.m. in the Garrison Center Lecture Hall.

“Females in the profession and the world of sports have come a long way,” said Rhonda Thigpen, volleyball coach and an organizer of the event. “This day is to honor them on the Henderson campus and to encourage them to continue on and make a difference in their professions.”

Dr. Sally Carder, president of National Park Community College in Hot Springs and a Henderson graduate will be the guest speaker for the program. Carder has 37 years of experience in education/training and administration at both the secondary and postsecondary levels.

Catherine's Landing opening soon

Catherine's Landing opening soon

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. - Coming this February, Catherine’s Landing, an RVC Outdoor Destination will be open for business. The resort is located in Hot Springs, AR, on one mile of water frontage on Lake Catherine and is the only outdoor property of its kind in the state and region. After a year of planning and construction, the anticipated Catherine’s Landing will be “your ideal natural environment mixed with your favorite hotel experience,” setting it apart from anything of its kind.

“This is possibly the most extensive destination that we have built,” said Andy Cates, President of RVC Outdoor Destinations. “It was a blank canvas when we started, but we’ve been continually enhancing and adding to it to give people the ultimate outdoor vacation experience,” he added.

Guests can start to make their reservations for Catherine’s Landing, which is open for business February 1st. This is an ideal place for race season visitors to stay because Oaklawn is only ten minutes away.

Notes from the barn at Oaklawn

Notes from the barn at Oaklawn

HOT SPRINGS, AR (Oaklawn Press Release) -- Wednesday, January 19, 2011


Streaking Gleaming Seeks American Beauty Crown for First Stakes

With four straight wins in Oklahoma, it’s time for Wayne Sanders and Larry Hirsch’s Gleaming to step up the competition level with a start in Sunday’s $50,000 American Beauty Stakes for female sprinters at Oaklawn Park. Coming from the barn of 2010 champion female sprinter Dubai Majesty, who was retired following her victory in the Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint, the 4-year-old daughter of Dehere has big shoes to fill.

Trained by Bret Calhoun, Gleaming didn’t get her career started until last summer at Remington Park. The Oklahoma-bred built on a third-place finish in her debut to roll into her four victories, three of them in state-bred races. She won an allowance Dec.

Soar with the eagles at DeGray Lake

Soar with the eagles at DeGray Lake

Break free the earthly bonds of mortals and let your spirit soar among the awesome raptors of DeGray Lake Resort State Park’s Annual Eagles Et Cetera Festival! Encounter eagles, hawks, owls and other birds of prey during a variety of programs both indoors and out.  Programs begin at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, January 28 and continue through 12:00 p.m. on Sunday, January 30.

As the longest running eagle awareness event in Arkansas, Eagles Et Cetera offers something for everyone.  There will be guided eagle tours on beautiful DeGray Lake, bird hikes, owl prowls, programs, games, several live bird shows and much, much more.  DeGray Lake Resort State Park has teamed up with the Little Rock Zoo, wildlife rehabilitator Rodney Paul, the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, the U.S.

Pickleball sweeps Hot Springs

Pickleball sweeps Hot Springs

HOT SPRINGS, AR – Pickleball is sweeping the U.S.A. as a great inter-generational fitness activity and now Hot Springs and surrounding area residents can experience this sport starting January 18 at the YMCA.

A court game of angles and strategies, of position and speed, pickleball is enjoying huge increases in popularity with seniors, school kids and families. 

Pickleball is a fun court sport played on a badminton-sized court with a perforated plastic ball similar to a whiffle ball. Players use wood or composite paddles about twice the size of ping-pong paddles.  It can be played indoors or outdoors, and it’s easy for beginners to learn – but can develop into a fast-paced, competitive game for experienced players.  In addition to being fun, the game has developed a reputation for its friendly and social nature.

Beginning January 18 pickleball will be played on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

Events at Oaklawn

Events at Oaklawn

Live Racing is finally here! Opening day is Friday, January 14, and these are just a few of the promotions taking place at Oaklawn. We’ll see you at the races!


Racing Promotion Days

Friday, Jan. 14, Opening Day, post time 1 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 15, 50-cent Corned Beef and 10-cent Soft Drinks Day, post time 1 p.m.

Monday, Jan. 17, Zenyatta Bobble Horse Day, with paid admission while supplies last, post time, 1 p.m.


Stakes Races

Friday, Jan. 14, $75,000 Fifth Season

Saturday, Jan. 15, $50,000 Dixie Belle

Monday, Jan. 17, $100,000 Smarty Jones

Saturday, Jan. 22, $75,000 Pippin

Sunday, Jan. 23, $50,000 American Beauty

Saturday, Jan. 29, $50,000 Kind Cotton


Poker Promotions

$25,000 Guaranteed Winter Poker Classic, qualifiers on Mondays and Wednesday, 7 p.m., starting Jan.