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HRN Original Blog:
Fifth Seasonista
Posted Friday, March 18, 2016
The trio of feature races Saturday at Oaklawn Park includes the 2016 debut of champion Untapable, a Grade 3 handicap, and a glimpse into which colts may become Kentucky Derby material.
Posted Thursday, February 25, 2016
In the paddock before Saturday's Spring Fever Stakes for fillies and mares at Oaklawn Park, there were two cool customers, one spring wound tight and one having a meltdown. Who prevailed?
Posted Sunday, February 14, 2016
Part of what makes the early spring of horse racing season so exciting is the emerging promise of 3-year-olds. Who will it be in Monday's Southwest Stakes?
Posted Friday, February 05, 2016
While Songbird makes her 3-year-old debut Saturday at Santa Anita amid much fanfare, fourth-place finisher Nickname will headline the Martha Washington at Oaklawn Park.
Posted Friday, January 29, 2016
This weekend's King Cotton Stakes at Oaklawn Park features some of the racetrack's star sprinters, including Ivan Fallunovalot and Gentlemen's Bet.
Posted Sunday, January 24, 2016
The American Beauty at Oaklawn Park turned out to be a thriller, but the 1-2 finishers' divergent paths mean they won't meet up again anytime soon.
Posted Saturday, January 23, 2016
Today's feature at Oaklawn Park, the American Beauty, drew a competitive field of older fillies and mares, including two who hit the board as long shots in last year's running.
Posted Wednesday, January 20, 2016
HRN Oaklawn Park Correspondent, Jennifer Cook, recaps week one of the meeting.
Posted Monday, January 18, 2016
When Baffert sends a horse to Oaklawn, he usually wins. Will Teows on Ice be any different?
Posted Saturday, January 16, 2016
Day 2 at Oaklawn Park includes another intriguing upper-level maiden race and the track's signature opening weekend stakes at 1 16th miles, the Fifth Season.
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Meet Jennifer Cook


Jennifer Cook first visited Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs, Ark., on her honeymoon in 1999. Her interest in racing grew over the years as she began to recognize the caliber of star horses coming through Oaklawn. It was the 3-year-old campaign of filly Rachel Alexandra that vaulted horse racing into a yearlong passion rather than a seasonal pursuit. Jennifer became interested in handicapping around the same time and looks at it as a lifelong (and humbling) learning experience. She hopes to inspire more women to take a shot at reading the form before picking a horse. A longtime journalist, Jennifer lives in Fayetteville, Ark., with her husband, Kyle.

"Fifth Seasonista" refers to Oaklawn Park's longtime description of racing as the state's "Fifth Season." In Arkansas, there's spring, summer, fall, winter and racing — the Fifth Season.

(Photo Courtesy of Kathy S. Hunter)


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