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Oaklawn Park Set For 2018 Racing Season

By Margaret Ransom

American Pharoah

American Pharoah romped in the 2015 Arkansas Derby at Oaklawn Park. Photo: Coady Photography/Oaklawn Park

Oaklawn Park near Hot Springs, Arkansas, kicks off its 114th live racing season on Friday with a nine-race card and a special post time of 12:30 p.m. CT. This year, the meet will be contested over 57 days and offers more than $30 million in purses and 31 stakes races, all conducted on a Thursday-through-Sunday schedule through the final two weeks of the season, April 4 through the 14th.

Additionally, Oaklawn will offer live racing this Monday, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, and Monday, Feb. 19, President’s Day. Both Monday cards will feature important Kentucky Derby preps in the Smarty Jones Stakes and Southwest Stakes (GIII), respectively.

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