04/05/2003 1:00AM

Medaglia d'Oro creates $398,612 minus show pool


HOT SPRINGS, Ark. - Medaglia d'Oro created a $398,612 minus show pool at Oaklawn Park on Saturday when he won the Grade 2, $500,000 Oaklawn Handicap. The hit came about an hour and a half after Azeri accounted for a $147,094 minus show pool with her win in the Grade 1, $500,000 Apple Blossom Handicap earlier in the card at Oaklawn.

Of the $1,593,676 in the show pool for the Oaklawn Handicap, approximately $1.4 million was bet on Medaglia d'Oro.

He paid $2.20 across the board. Azeri paid $2.80, $2.20 and $2.20.

Arkansas is one of the few states that pays a 10 percent minimum to show.

Also on the card, there was a special daily double on the card linking the Apple Blossom and Oaklawn, and the 6-1 combination paid $2.40. Overall, handle on the 12-race card was a meet high $10,423,481.

Attendance was 28,615.

The Apple Blossom and Oaklawn are part of the Racing Festival of the South, which will continue until the meet ends April 12 with the Grade 2, $500,000 Arkansas Derby.