American PharoahOaklawn's History

On February 24, 1905, Oaklawn presented its first racing card before a crowd of 3,000 that turned out after Hot Springs Mayor John Belding  declared a half-day holiday for the city. The first race at the new track was won by Duelist, owned by John W. Schorr, a prominent Memphis sportsman, and since that time, Oaklawn has evolved into one of the premier race meets in the country. Best known as the home of the Racing Festival of the South and Arkansas Derby, the track has played host to some of the biggest names in the sport with the latest star being 2015 Triple Crown winner American Pharoah, who won both the Rebel Stakes and Arkansas Derby en route to making history with victories in the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont Stakes. Other champions to use Oaklawn as a launching pad include Temperence HillCigarCurlinPaseanaAzeri,Tiffany LassSmarty JonesAfleet AlexRachel AlexandraLookin At LuckyBlind Luck, Zenyatta, Close Hatches, Work All Week and Will Take Charge.