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2015 Race Season Begins at Oaklawn in Hot Springs AR

December 23rd, 2014 by Jenna Tackett

Oaklawn Hot Springs ARIt’s off to the races again on Jan. 9! The exciting horse race season is about to begin at Oaklawn Race Track, and we’re so excited for the very full calendar up ahead.

The races happen every weekend from Jan. 9 until the Arkansas Derby on April 11, 2015. The Arkansas Derby is the final race of the Racing Festival in the South, which draws in thousands of racing enthusiasts from all over the world. You can see the full schedule, complete with purse amounts, on their website.

On Jan. 10, Oaklawn will officially kick off the season with its annual Corned Beef Day; you can enjoy corned beef sandwiches for 50 cents and soft drinks for 10 cents. It doesn’t get better than that!

As an added bonus for 2015 guests, Oaklawn’s updates are finally finished. To thank the public for its patience during renovation, Oaklawn is waiving general admission fees for the 2015 season. Plus, the expansion means that there are more games in the casino, and a new bar & grill for guests to enjoy as well. Oaklawn is ready to celebrate the completion of their project, and they’d love for you to take part in that joy!

When you stay two or more nights at Lookout Point in January, you can receive 2 free admissions to the Oaklawn Jockey Club, where you can watch the live action races in style. Plus, adding a stay at our Hot Springs Bed & Breakfast will insure a delicious gourmet breakfast before the races begin and a luxurious bed to relax in after the races are finished for the day. You can reserve your getaway online or call 501.525.6155 for more information.

Arkansas Derby April 12, 2014

March 11th, 2014 by Kristie Rosset

For the entire week leading up to the Arkansas Derby, race fans are treated to exciting days during the Racing Festival of the South. With apple trees in blossom (hence the Apple Blossom Race on Friday, April 11), it’s a gorgeous site for fast tracks and beautiful horses. Winners of the Arkansas Derby move on to the Kentucky Derby, and historically we’ve seen some amazing horses at the Arkansas Derby.

Besides cheering the races, you’ll have fun people watching. Hats of all shapes and sizes will be sported! Plus visit the paddock to see the horses up close, and marvel at the ferocious strength packed into the small-statured jockeys.

Of course, you may want to make some money on the races. Here are Kristie’s sure-fire tips for betting: 1) Always bet on Calvin Borel. Of course, he doesn’t always win but I sure respect this jockey! 2) If Calvin’s not racing, bet on the female jockey. Yep, she doesn’t always win either, but women jockeys are so new and rare that I like to root for them. 3) The grey horse.

These tips are sure to cost you some money, but you might just break even and call it a good day of entertainment.

We’d love to welcome you to our Hot Springs bed & breakfast inn during the races! The inn is just a few minutes from Oaklawn, and we’ll assist with other tips, dining reservations, and pamper you during your stay.



Racing Festival of the South at Oaklawn April 11-14

April 1st, 2012 by Kristie Rosset

One of the year’s biggest events, the Racing Festival of the South, brings tens of thousands race fans to Hot Springs.

Thoroughbreds at Oaklawn

Major races and special events happen through the week.  On Saturday mornings, Dawn at Oaklawn provides horse enthusiasts up-close and personal experience with the horses, trainers, and jockeys. It’s a time to see the horses in a stress-free, non-racing environment, when they’re way more playful!

For the Apple Blossom race on Friday, April 13, we’re awaiting official news of Havre de Grace, the current Horse of the Year, defending her crown. Apparently her owners will decide by April 7 if she will make another appearance at Oaklawn. What an opportunity to see an amazing horse!

On Saturday, don a hat and come to the Arkansas Derby. You’ll see top horses, have fun, and spend the day in a beautiful setting.

We’d love to welcome you to Lookout Point for the Racing Festival!

Fun Times at the Arkansas Derby!

April 17th, 2011 by Kristie Rosset

The 2011 thoroughbred horse racing season ended on Saturday with an exciting Arkansas Derby.  The breathtaking finish scored an upset victory for ArchArchArch.  Many Lookout Point guests enjoyed the entire week of Derby Days.

Horse Racing Fans

Arkansas Derby Fans

These featured guests travel from Illinois, Missouri, Florida, and Ohio each year, staying at Lookout Point for the past 7 years.  Great laughter fills the inn, especially after the bloody Mary’s. Each year we look forward to the Arkansas Derby and the arrival of special guests!

It’s not too early to reserve your room for the 2012 Arkansas Derby, April 12-15.

Oaklawn Features the "Race for The Ages"!

February 18th, 2010 by Ray Rosset

Within hours of the announcement, the phones were ringing constantly.  The Race for the Ages, featuring two fabulous horses:  Rachel Alexander, the 2009 Horse of the Year, and Zenyatta.  They’ll race at Oaklawn’s Apple Blossom festival on April 9, 2010. 

The purse for the race increased from $500,000 to $5 million when an agreement was reached for these two horse to race against the other for the first time.

Travelers have been calling from around the world.  A racing fan from Saudi Arabia called the little Hot Springs airport asking what size plane was “too big” to land.  The airport director suggested this international traveler fly his 747 (!!!) into New York and rent a smaller plane there.

Lookout Point still has a couple of rooms available for Thursday, April 8 if you can come enjoy the excitement!

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