Weekend To-Do: Oaklawn | Rock Candy

Friday, January 16, 2009

Weekend To-Do: Oaklawn

Posted By on Fri, Jan 16, 2009 at 11:22 AM

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OPENING DAY AT OAKLAWN
1 p.m. Oaklawn Park, Hot Springs. $2.

If the weathermen's prediction holds firm, look for some 15,000 racing fans to congregate at Oaklawn Park for the opening four-day weekend. As usual, the season kicks off with throwback 50-cent corned beef sandwiches and 10-cent soft drinks. Sadly, but for the greater good, booze prices stay the same. Saturday marks the first big race of the season: the $50,000 American Beauty, for fillies and mares. On Monday, the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, the park kicks off its three-year-old stakes season with the inaugural $50,000 Smarty Jones Stakes. Smarty Jones bobbleheads will be available at the gate while supplies last.

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