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Robert Yates

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Horse Racing/High School Football Sports Reporter

A graduate of Little Rock Central and UALR, Robert Yates has been a sports reporter for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette since 1985.His most memorable moments of reporting include Pine Bluff phenom Basil Shabazz scoring five touchdowns in the 1990 state championship game and the outpouring of community support after Kenyana Tolbert, a standout football player at North Little Rock, was paralyzed in a 1997 game.

Recent Stories by Robert Yates

OAKLAWN PARK FINAL FIGURES: Anywhere, everywhere

posted: 04/15/2014 3:21 a.m. Discuss

HOT SPRINGS — Oaklawn Park completed its 53-day live season Saturday with on-track business holding almost steady compared to 2013, but substantial growth off track and a record purse distribution.

Time, timing ticks for hopeful Danza

posted: 04/14/2014 3:26 a.m. Discuss

Danza picked a good time to run the best race of his life.

78TH ARKANSAS DERBY: Danza, he’s the boss

posted: 04/13/2014 4:16 a.m. Discuss

HOT SPRINGS — Trainer Todd Pletcher and long shot normally aren’t used in the same sentence.

Stewards stamp Will Take Charge’s victory

posted: 04/13/2014 3:33 a.m. Discuss

HOT SPRINGS — Will Take Charge wasn’t on his best behavior Saturday afternoon at Oaklawn Park, but it was good enough, at least in the eyes of track stewards.

Street Story’s meet has a happy ending

posted: 04/13/2014 3:31 a.m. Discuss

HOT SPRINGS — Did Street Story ever turn it around.

Bourbonize’s kick gets best of favorite

posted: 04/13/2014 3:30 a.m. Discuss

HOT SPRINGS — Bourbonize caught 7-5 favorite Knock Em Flat on the outside in the shadow of the wire to win the $100,000 Northern Spur Stakes for 3-year-olds Saturday afternoon at Oaklawn Park.

Oaklawn Park report

posted: 04/13/2014 3:29 a.m. Discuss

Ricardo Santana Jr. (jockey) and Steve Asmussen (trainer) repeated as champions for the 53-day live meeting at Oaklawn Park that ended Saturday.

Apple Blossom Handicap: Battening down victory

posted: 04/12/2014 3:25 a.m. Comment 1

All class. Heavily favored Close Hatches recorded her third career Grade I victory with a comfortable 1¼ -length front-running victory under Joel Rosario in the $600,000 Apple Blossom Handicap for older fillies and mares Friday afternoon at Oaklawn.

RACING FESTIVAL OF THE SOUTH: Tapiture’s trainer embattled, undeterred

posted: 04/12/2014 3:16 a.m. Discuss

There is already a little bit of a Kentucky Derby feel around trainer Steve Asmussen’s barn at Oaklawn Park.

Lukas: Will Take Charge looks, acts like a champ

posted: 04/12/2014 3 a.m. Discuss

Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas admires champion Will Take Charge’s beauty and, more important, his brawn.

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