Welcome to Racing and Oaklawn Park. We know that the first experience at a track can be an intimidating time. As a matter of fact we even know that there are some who come to the track and find that the best experience is simply the corned beef sandwich. However, although the corned beef sandwich served up at Oaklawn is "the best corned beef sandwich in the Universe," you can still find the entire experience of racing a great deal of fun once someone has taken the time to give you some primary information.

We are here to tell you some things about racing and Thoroughbreds, which should serve you well in becoming a real participant in the most popular audience-participation sport of all time.

First we'll tell you some things about the most beautiful animal of them all--the Horse. For example, Sunny's Halo, the first horse to win both the Arkansas and Kentucky Derbies, traces to Eclipse.

The Sport of Racing has had a great history and some of the high points are covered in here as well as a study of the types of races that are offered each day at the track and a glossary of terms that will help you get through all the special language you might be hearing during your visit to Oaklawn.

Wagering is an important element in participation at the track. Oaklawn offers many types of wagers so that you can play with minimal risk or take a chance at making some "big bucks." Now you'll know just what an exacta is and you also might understand the Pick 5.

To select a winner the art of handicapping has become the foundation of a day at the races. Some pointers on what to look for are included as well as strategies of wagering. If you're going to have a great story of making money at the track, you'll sure want to understand something about handicapping.

For the fan coming to Oaklawn we also offer you a chance to get an overview of the entire facility as well as some info on what goes on in the city of Hot Springs.

In short, you need to get yourself ready for an important short course in Oaklawn so that your day or vacation is memorable. Here we go!