The richest meet in the 118-year history of Oaklawn is set to begin on Dec. 3 and will feature maiden special weights for $84,000 and open allowances starting at $100,000. Overall, the 66-day season will offer purses between $45 million and $50 million.
Stall applications and the first condition book are now available at http://www.oaklawn.com/racing/horsemen/. Stall applications are due on Thursday, Oct. 21.
“Our slogan has been ‘A New Level of Racing’ the last few years and that’s exactly what we intend to deliver,” Oaklawn President Louis Cella said. “Our purses will be among the highest in the country between December and May, and the entertainment value we offer will be second to none. Our luxury hotel, spa and event center are fully open. The excitement heading into our live season has never been greater.”
Oaklawn plans to offer nine races per card, while racing on a Friday – Sunday basis with a few exceptions. There will be no racing Christmas week or Easter Sunday. Oaklawn will race Monday, Feb. 17, Presidents’ Day. Purses for claiming races will range between a minimum of $25,000 and $55,000 in book one.
In support of its top level of racing, Oaklawn previously announced, subject to regulatory approval, the prohibition of Clenbuterol or any other beta2-agonist within 120 days of a race. This restriction is part of Oaklawn’s ongoing commitment to enhancing the safety and integrity of its racing program.
Conducted by Industrial Labs, the presence of Clenbuterol and other beta2-agonist will be determined through blood, urine and hair follicle testing.
Oaklawn’s 2021-2022 season runs from Friday, Dec. 3 to Sunday, May 8. The schedule also features a total of 36 stakes worth $12,300,000, highlighted by the $1.25 million Arkansas Derby (G1), which received a $250,000 increase for 2022 and three $1 million stakes races – $1 million Rebel Stakes (G2), $1 million Oaklawn Handicap (G2) and $1 million Apple Blossom Handicap (G1).
Reservations for the Oaklawn Hotel during the 2021-2022 live meet can be made by visiting http://www.Oaklawn.com or calling 501-363-4625.
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