Oaklawn Racing and Gaming

Heat up this winter at the hottest track in the South

One of the top thoroughbred racetracks in the country, Oaklawn’s live racing season runs January through April making this winter the perfect time for an RTX exchange to Hot Springs.


Oaklawn Racing

Located just south of downtown Hot Springs, Oaklawn Racing & Gaming is the number one attraction in Arkansas. With a four month racing season, simulcast racing throughout the year and an expanding gaming center Oaklawn is full of exciting entertainment options.

Opened in 1905, the first race was witnessed by a crowd of 3,000 and the race was won by Duelist. More than 100 years later the track is still going strong and can host crowds of more than 70,000 during major events. In fact, in 2012 the track was named one of the top five thoroughbred racetracks on the continent by the Horseplayers Association of North America.

Oaklawn_Park_2_chamberwThe 1 mile dirt track at Oaklawn sees live racing action January through April with the 2014 season opening on Friday, Jan. 10. The four month long season includes multiple special events but none bigger than the season ending spectacle known as The Racing Festival of the South.

On the final day of the festival, the Arkansas Derby, a Grade 1 race with a $1 million prize, takes place. Thanks to ever increasing winning purses, Oaklawn has become even more attractive to world-class competitors and has seen recent winners such as Zenyata, Curlin and, perhaps most famously of all, Smarty Jones.

Oaklawn is also known for the famed cuisine found at their four top-class dining options: Lagniappe’s, Carousel Terrace, Post Parade & The Oaklawn Club. At the casual Backstretch Kitchen patrons will enjoy their most famous dish of all, the housemade rueben.

The facility also includes The Finish Line Theater, a quaint 700-seat venue that provides the audience with an intimate concert experience. The Finish  Line Theater Concert Series begins at the end of the live racing season and has hosted such legendary artists in the past like Three Dog Night, Sawyer Brown, Dionne Warwick and the Oak Ridge Boys.

Good to Know
Holiday Racing
This year’s Festival of the South will be held April 9 through 12 with the Arkansas Derby closing the event.
Martin Luther King Jr. Day: Monday, Jan. 21, featuring the Smarty Jones Stakes
Presidents Day: Monday, Feb. 18, featuring the Southwest Stakes


gaming apr 11_8wOaklawn Gaming

If games of skill are more your speed, Oaklawn’s gaming room is the place to be. After a $30 million, 90,000-square-foot expansion in 2009, the Spa City icon now boasts 1,000 gaming machines, including Instant Racing, simulcasting and electronic poker, craps, blackjack and more. Complete with restaurants and bars, the new area teems with the sights, sounds and excitement typically associated with such places as Las Vegas and Atlantic City.

Drawing more than 1 million visitors a year, Oaklawn’s gaming center is currently working on plans to expand its gaming area once again by more than 50,000 square feet with work beginning in May 2014. The new addition will open up even more exciting opportunities for Oaklawn to provide visitors with more gaming and dining options.


2705 Central Ave.
Hot Springs, AR 71901
(800) 625-5296
Sunday through Thursday from 10 a.m. until 3 a.m.
Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. until 5 a.m.
Closed on Easter and Christmas Day.




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