Every year since 1905, Oaklawn Racing has hosted some of the premier races in the country from January through April and this year is no different. Kicking off with Opening Day on Jan. 15, Oaklawn will run through Saturday, April 16 and offer some of the highest purses and biggest graded stakes races around.
There is plenty of great racing starting on Opening Day, but Oaklawn saves the best for last with the Racing Festival of the South, one of the richest weeks of racing in North America. The festival kicks off Saturday, April 9 with the $400,000 Fantasy Stakes and culminates Saturday, April 16 with the Arkansas Derby (G1).
Including the Arkansas Derby (G1) on April 16, Oaklawn plays host to four Kentucky Derby prep races:
- $150,000 Smarty Jones on Monday, Jan. 18
- $500,000 Southwest on Monday, Feb. 15
- $900,000 Rebel (G2) on Saturday, March 19
- $1,000,000 Arkansas Derby (G1) on Saturday, April 16
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Additional Featured Races:
- $400,000 Fantasy (G3) on Saturday, April 9
- $600,000 Apple Blossom Handicap (G1) on Friday, April 15
- $750,000 Oaklawn Handicap (G2) on Saturday, April 16