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HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (April 13, 2012) - Nothing says springtime in Arkansas quite like the annual running of the Arkansas Derby at Oaklawn, which concludes the live racing season.
Organizers expect a crowd of over 60,000, which doubles the actual population of Hot Springs.
Oaklawn will be offering everything from fine dining in the Racing Club to a casual, family friendly atmosphere in the outfield. And many ladies will be dressed in their finest, including the traditional "Derby hats."
First post is noon Saturday. The 76th running of the Arkansas Derby will be at 5:45 p.m. Gates open at 10 a.m. and general admission is $2.
The top finishers in this race will move on to the Kentucky Derby. Since 2004, there have been two Kentucky Derby winners, two Preakness Stakes winners and two Belmont Stakes winners come from this race.
The Arkansas Derby will be broadcast on CNBC from 5-6 p.m. Central.