Oaklawn / Oak Lawn is a horse racing track and they've expanded to include electronic gambling like craps, poker, blackjack and slot-like machines. Remember Smarty Jones? Few outside of Arkansas remember that this great horse story started in Hot Springs, AR at Oaklawn. In 2013, Oaklawn’s 3-year-old stakes program produced Oxbow, whose victory in the Preakness Stakes was the 10th Triple Crown race won by an Oaklawn-raced horse in 10 years and Will Take Charge, a Horse of the Year candidate.
New in 2014 is Oaklawn Anywhere, which allows you to place bets on live racing from anywhere. See some photographs.
Oaklawn is located in Hot Springs, AR. It's about an hour drive from Little Rock. Oaklawn Park is located at 2705 Central Ave, Highway 7, just south of Historic downtown Hot Springs.
Hours of Operation / Promotions / Contact:
The live season starts Saturday, January 10 in 2014. Gates open 2 hours before post time. Live racing is Thursday - Sundays on most days.
Weekdays & Sundays - 1:30 p.m.
Saturdays - 1:00 p.m.
Special Giveaways and Post Times
Saturday, January 11 - 1:00 p.m. (opening day, 50 cent corned beef and 10 cent drinks)
Monday, January 20 - 1:00 p.m. (Martin Luther King Day - Free Oaklawn Ball Cap while supplies last)
Monday, February 17 - 1:00 p.m. (Presidents Day - Progressive Cash Giveaway)
Saturday, March 15 - 1:30 (Rebel Stakes, and Boat and Truck Giveaway)
April 5-April 12 - 1:30 (Racing Festival of the South)
Saturday, April 12 - 12:00 (Arkansas Derby)
The price for parking depends on where you park. The average is about $5, but some free parking is available. Gate admission is $2. Racing programs start at $1.75. The minimum bet is $2. You don't have to bet to watch.
Remember, don't take the races too seriously, it's really about having fun. Winning money is just a bonus!
Oaklawn has a wide variety of electronic games. Their electric gaming is almost like a casino. They have video poker, instant racing and games similar to slots and blackjack. They play Plinko on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday.
Oaklawn Simulcasts many races from tracks throughout the country and you can bet on those too. The results for most races are announced and you can check the races on the screens found throughout the park.
Children are allowed inside park but you must be 18 to bet. I often see children and families when I visit Oaklawn. Children love to watch the horses.
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How to Bet:
For individual bets, you can bet on your horse to win, place or show. A win bet is for the horse to come in first. A place bet is for the horse to come in first or second. A show bet is for the horse to come in first, second or third.
Oaklawn also offers daily doubles, Pick3s and CLASSIX® and exactas and trifects. The daily double is a two horse bet. For the daily double, you must pick the horse that wins two consecutive races. Oaklawn has an early daily double for the first two races of the day and a later daily double. The daily double will be featured in the racing program. A Pick3 is like a daily double, but it's a 3 horse bet. You must pick the winner for 3 consecutive races. The CLASSIX® is like the daily double and trifecta, but you must pick six horses to win in six races.
An exacta bet is a two horse bet. Your horses must finish 1st and 2nd in the exact order. A trifecta is a three horse bet. Your horses must finish 1st, 2nd and 3rd in the exact order. You can bet exacta and trifecta bets in any race.
New in 2014:
The newest thing is Oaklawn Anywhere (OaklawnAnywhere.com). This site will allow fans to track horses and bet on races, with the money staying in Arkansas. It’s free to open an account and members will have access to all the Oaklawn races as well as races from the most popular U.S. and international tracks.
Like last year, Oaklawn is planning to open its Infield, complete with a Beer Garden, live music and family-friendly activities, every Saturday from Rebel Stakes through Arkansas Derby. The popular “Dawn at Oaklawn” program returns Saturday, Feb. 15 and will allow guests to get up close and personal with the horses and top racing personalities from 7:30 – 9:30 a.m. every Saturday through the end of the meet. Visitors can also take barn tours as part of the Saturday morning program.