Call to the post! Oaklawn Park kicks off another season of racin - KAIT Jonesboro, AR - Region 8 News, weather, sports

Call to the post! Oaklawn Park kicks off another season of racing

The 114th season of racing at Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs kicked off Friday. (Source: File) The 114th season of racing at Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs kicked off Friday. (Source: File)
HOT SPRINGS, AR (KAIT/KARK) -

The 114th season of horse racing at Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs kicked off Friday with more races set, with nearly $30 million in prize money available this year. 

According to a report from Little Rock television station KARK, the 57-day season also includes the $1 million Arkansas Derby on Apr. 14 as well as two big races on Presidents' Day, Feb. 19. 

The $500,000 Southwest Stakes will be available for three-year-olds while the $500,000 Razorback Handicap will feature the older horses, KARK reported. On Sat., Jan. 13, the track will also have 50 cent corned beef sandwiches and 10-cent soft drinks, while the $150,000 Smarty Jones Stakes will be Jan. 15.

Track officials also honored Triple Crown winner American Pharoah this week with a life-sized bronze statue in the entrance to the Grandstand.

Copyright 2018 KAIT. All rights reserved.

  • Region 8 News</span><a class="customMoreLink" href="/Global/category.asp?C=4391" target="_top">More >></a>Region 8 NewsMore>>

  • School resource officers devastated by school shooting

    School resource officers devastated by school shooting

    Tuesday, January 23 2018 11:45 PM EST2018-01-24 04:45:59 GMT
    Tuesday, January 23 2018 11:51 PM EST2018-01-24 04:51:02 GMT
    (Source: KAIT)(Source: KAIT)

    The Marshall County school shooting in Kentucky has rocked the emotions of many school resource officers in Region 8.

    The Marshall County school shooting in Kentucky has rocked the emotions of many school resource officers in Region 8.

  • Organization takes proactive approach in active shooter situations

    Organization takes proactive approach in active shooter situations

    Tuesday, January 23 2018 11:21 PM EST2018-01-24 04:21:07 GMT
    Tuesday, January 23 2018 11:41 PM EST2018-01-24 04:41:38 GMT
    (Source: KAIT)(Source: KAIT)

    One local organization that was not a school or police department had their eyes glued to the TV Tuesday regarding the news of the Kentucky school shooting.

    One local organization that was not a school or police department had their eyes glued to the TV Tuesday regarding the news of the Kentucky school shooting.

  • Boy with special needs escorts homecoming maid

    Boy with special needs escorts homecoming maid

    Tuesday, January 23 2018 11:30 PM EST2018-01-24 04:30:21 GMT
    Tuesday, January 23 2018 11:40 PM EST2018-01-24 04:40:40 GMT
    (Source: KAIT)(Source: KAIT)

    Valley View High School Homecoming had a very special moment Tuesday night as an 8th grader with special needs got the opportunity to escort a homecoming maid.

    Valley View High School Homecoming had a very special moment Tuesday night as an 8th grader with special needs got the opportunity to escort a homecoming maid.

Powered by Frankly