Oaklawn Park to Allow Fans at 2021 Meet

Horse Racing Radar
Valerie Mellema
Valerie Mellema is a Staff writer for Horse Racing Radar
Thursday, January 7, 2021

Oaklawn Park has announced that the 2021 live meet will have limited spectators. The 57-day meet will start January 22nd and run through May 1st. 

In accordance with the guidelines set by the Arkansas Department of Health, Oaklawn has submitted a plan to allow a limited number of spectators at the races with the following conditions:

  • General admission will not be initially allowed.

  • The grandstand entrance will be strictly for guests with racing credentials or reservations for the day. Doors open at 11 am CT. 

  • Season box seat holders and current Oaklawn Jockey Club members may enter with weekly reservations. Detailed correspondence will be sent to these members individually. 

  • Restaurants will be open to the public with weekly reservations.

  • Simulcasts will be open Wednesday-Sunday from 11 am to 8 pm with limited seating capacity and weekly reservations required.

  • No smoking anywhere inside the facility, including the casino.

  • All guests and team members are required to wear masks. 

  • All guests and team members will be required to have their temperature checked non-invasively. 

  • Social distancing enforced.

Guests can begin making reservations January 18th. The first weekend of races will kick off with three stakes races including the $150,000 Smarty Jones, $150,000 Pippin and $150,000 Fifth Season. The $1 Million Rebel Stakes (G2) and the $350,000 Azeri (G2) will take place March 13th and the Grade 1 Arkansas Derby will take place April 10th. The $1 Million Oaklawn Handicap (G2) and Apple Blossom Handicap (G1) will run April 17th.


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