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Oaklawn adjusts schedule, purses

Arkansas Online
 2021-07-07

Cover picture for the articlePurse increases, new stakes races and a significant adjustment of Oaklawn's four-race Kentucky Derby qualifying series were announced Tuesday at the Hot Springs racetrack. The 2021-22 season, which begins Dec. 3, six weeks and six days earlier than last season, will feature the $250,000, 1-mile Smarty Jones Stakes to start the Derby points chase on New Year's Day. The following three Derby qualifying races are the Grade III, 1 1/16-mile Southwest Stakes on Jan. 29; the Grade II, 1 1/16-mile Rebel Stakes on Feb. 26; and the Grade I, 1 1/8-mile Arkansas Derby (April 2), where the purse has been increased to $1.25 million from $1 million.

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