Big promotions and big races highlight March at Oaklawn Park

Big promotions and big races highlight March at Oaklawn Park

March 01, 2019 2:53 PM


March is an action-packed month at Oaklawn highlighted by Fat Tuesday, St. Patrick’s Day and world-class horse racing topped by the $1 million Rebel Stakes Saturday, March 16.

The 7th Annual Bourbon Street Bash highlights Fat Tuesday, March 5 from 4 – 10 p.m. Guests are invited to come enjoy the spirit of Mardi Gras with a $3,000 giveaway from 6 – 10 p.m. along with a $4.99 Cajun Dinner in Lagniappe’s from 4 – 9 p.m.  and drink specials. There will be $3 domestic drafts and $3 “Big Easy” cocktails served from 5 – 10 p.m. 

Looking to follow in the footsteps of Smarty Jones, Afleet Alex, Curlin, American Pharoah and Creator, the best 3-year-olds in the country continue their journey towards the $1 million Arkansas Derby subsequent Triple Crown races in the $1,000,000 Rebel Stakes (G2) March 16. The Racing Festival of the South Preview day will also be highlighted by the $250,000 Essex Handicap and $350,000 Azeri Stakes (G2), which are the final local preps for the $750,000 Oaklawn Handicap (G2) April 13 and $600,000 Apple Blossom Handicap (G1) April 14, respectively. First post is 1 p.m.

March 16 is also highlighted by the opening of Oaklawn’s Infield for the final eight Saturdays of the meet. Fans are invited bring lawn chairs and blankets to enjoy the races from the infield where there will be a Beer Garden, Kids Zone, and special themes each week. March 23 will feature Rock & Ribs BBQ Festival, while March 30 is Classic Car Show Weekend.   

Live racing continues every Thursday – Sunday until Saturday, May 4. First post is 1:30 p.m. weekdays and Sundays and 1 p.m. Saturdays.

Dawn at Oaklawn continues in March and will be held every Saturday morning from 7:30 – 9:30 a.m. This free event, hosted by Nancy Holthus, features complimentary Westrock coffee and barn tours at 7:30, 8, 9 and 9:30 a.m. There will be a special guest speaker each week from 8:30 – 9 a.m.

The best St. Patrick’s Day party in town will be at Oaklawn Sunday, March 17. Following the “World’s Shortest St. Patrick’s Day Parade, patrons are invited back to the gaming area for 4-Leaf Frenzy featuring $3 Oaklawn Shamrocks and $3 draft beers from 5 – 10 p.m., $4.99 Irish Dinner from 4 – 9 p.m. in Lagniappe’s and $3,000 giveaway from 5 – 9 p.m.

On Saturday, March 30, 100 guests will win $100 from noon to 4 p.m. Every guests that swipes their Oaklawn Rewards card at one of promotional kiosks before 3:50 p.m. will receive one free entry and can earn additional entries based on play that day. Every 10 minutes the Fun Squad will call four names for $100.

Monday Fun Day continues in March. Every Monday, winners will be called every 15 minutes between 3 and 7 p.m. for $100 in Free Play. In addition, all guests 50 and over can enjoy a $5 Silks menu, half-off Bloody Marys, and five times the entries into a drawing March 25 for a $3,000 travel voucher.

Tuesdays will be Hot Springs Village Days at Oaklawn. Guests can show HSV ID or POA card to get a $4 meal at the Bistro and a Free Play scratch off. To receive 5X the entries into a Feb. 26 drawing for a $1,000 Visa gift card make sure your HSV zip code (71909 or 71910) is registered on your Oaklawn Rewards account.

Also on Tuesdays, guests can enjoy a delicious Surf and Turf dinner featuring filet mignon and jumbo shrimp in Lagniappe’s from 4 – 9 p.m. The meal is only $1.99 when Oaklawn Rewards members earn 100 points between the previous Tuesday and Monday.

Oaklawn will host Girls Night Out every Wednesday in March from 5 – 9 p.m. where all ladies, 21 years and older, are eligible for special prizes and contests. Women just need to check in at Player Services for a wristband and they will receive five times entries into a March 27 drawing for $1,000 gift card from Lauray’s, the Diamond Dealer and at 7 p.m. each week there will be a ladies only reel tournament session.

Anyone can participate in the Humpday Reel Tournament. Registration begins at 5 p.m. and play starts at 6 p.m. The top 10 will play at 9 p.m. Wednesdays also feature Humpday Karaoke from 8 – 11 p.m. in Pop’s and Humpday Happy Hour from 4 – 7 p.m. with $3 wine and beer and $4 well drinks.

Following the races on Thursdays, guests can enjoy the smooth sounds of former American Idol contestant and Hot Springs native Jacob Flores in Pop’s Lounge from 5 – 9 p.m. They can also try their luck during Drop ‘n’ Win from 6-10 p.m. There will be three winners called every 15 minutes for up to $500 in Free Play.

Fans won’t want to miss the Pink Piano Show with Cliff and Susan directly after the races from 5-9 p.m. every Friday & Saturday in Pop's Lounge. Susan Erwin Prowse and Cliff Prowse are a husband and wife international touring duo armed with a piano, fiddle and guitars based in Little Rock, Arkansas.  Their high energy, all request show keeps crowds entertained for four hours each show. 

Fridays in March will be also feature the Blackjack Party Pit. There will be beads, drink specials and chances to win Free Play bonus bets. Also, be sure to check out the best in regional music in Silks Bar and Grill from 10 p.m. – 2 a.m.

Gaming opens at 8 a.m. every day. It closes at 4 a.m. Sunday – Thursday and 6 a.m. Friday – Saturday.

Oaklawn Rewards cardholders who have birthdays in March can enjoy a Birthday Bash Sunday, March 31 where there will be birthday treats in Lagniappe’s from 3 – 5 p.m., a special gift and guests could win their share of up to $10,000 in Free Play from 3 – 7 p.m.

Follow Oaklawn Racing & Gaming on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for up-to-date news and reminders for what’s happening. Also, keep up with your points, offers and tier status by downloading the Oaklawn Rewards App on your mobile device. For more information or a complete list of promotions, visit or call (501) 623-4411.

Special Dates

March 5:           7th Annual Bourbon Street Bas

March 16:         Rebel Stakes Day | Infield Opens

March 17:         St. Patrick’s Day Party 4 – 9 p.m.

March 23:         Rock & Ribs BBQ Festival

March 25:         $3,000 Travel Voucher Giveaway

March 26:         $1,000 Visa Gift Card Giveaway

March 27:         $1,000 Lauray’s Gift Card Giveaway

March 30:         Classic Car Show Weekend | 100 Win $100

March 31:         Birthday Bash

Schedule of Events

Mondays:           Monday Fun Day, 8 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Tuesdays:          Hot Springs Village Days, 8 a.m. – 10 p.m.

                          Surf and Turf 4 – 9 p.m. in Lagniappe’s

Wednesdays:    Karaoke 8 – 11 p.m. in Pop’s Lounge

                          Humpday Happy Hour 4 – 7 p.m.

                          Reel Tournament                                  

Thursdays:        4-Leaf Frenzy – 10 p.m.

                         Live Entertainment 5–9 p.m. in Pop’s Lounge

Fridays:             Party Pit 8 p.m. – midnight

                         Live Entertainment 5–9 p.m. in Pop’s Lounge

                         Live Entertainment in Silks 10 p.m.–2 a.m.

                         Live Racing – First post 12:30 p.m.                       

Saturdays:        Live Entertainment 5–9 p.m. in Pop’s Lounge

                         Live Entertainment in Silks 10 p.m.–2 a.m.

                         Live Racing – First post 1 p.m.                     

Sundays:          Live Racing – First post 1:30

Live Entertainment Schedule

Pop’s Lounge:

Every Wednesday:                    Karaoke with Chucky D., 7 p.m. – midnight

Every Thursday:                        Jacob Flores, 5 – 9 p.m.

Every Fri. – Sat:                        Susan Erwin, 5 – 9 p.m.

Silks Bar & Grill:

March 1 & 2:                            Big Dam Horns, 10 p.m. – 2 a.m.

March 8 & 9:                            Electric 5, 10 p.m. – 2 a.m.

March 15 & 16:                        Mayday by Midnight, 10 p.m. – 2 a.m.

March 22 & 23:                        Oreo Blue, 10 p.m. – 2 a.m.

March 29 & 30:                        Mr. Lucky, 10 p.m. – 2 a.m.