04/07/2003 12:00AM

Oaklawn takes show-pool hit


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 bet to show on the Oaklawn Handicap, approximately $1.4 million was 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 Handicap 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