05/04/2004 12:00AM

Oaklawn has record day


Oaklawn Park threw a party in honor of Smarty Jones on Kentucky Derby Day, and the track handled $1.8 million on incoming simulcasts, a record for off-season betting at the Hot Springs track. Attendance for the track's "Smarty Party" on Saturday was 7,500.

Smarty Jones wintered at Oaklawn this year, and won a $5 million bonus from the track after he captured the Kentucky Derby. The bonus was for the horse who could win the $200,000 Rebel Stakes, the $1 million Arkansas Derby, and the Kentucky Derby.

Oaklawn's previous record for simulcast handle during the offseason was $1,304,947, set on Breeders' Cup Day in 1994.