Oaklawn Park officials announce major change to racing schedule

Apr 12, 2018 9:24 AM

Simulcast and live bettors at Oaklawn Park in Arkansas will see a major change to the Hot Springs plant’s racing schedule starting next year.

In an announcement Wednesday before the draw for Saturday’s $1 million Arkansas Derby, track officials revealed that next year Oaklawn Park will open Jan. 25 and run through May 4, three weeks after the Arkansas Derby, which had traditionally marked the mid-April conclusion of the meeting.

The Arkansas Racing Commission has already approved the shift.

Oaklawn's new schedule now shifts its start date two weeks later than previously and now ends three weeks later than in recent years and coincides with the Kentucky Derby, the first Saturday in May.