HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (KTHV) -- The two biggest gambling spots in the Natural state saw strong financial gains in 2012. Oaklawn and Southland's electronic games boomed from 2011 to 2012.
The low rumble of thoroughbreds racing to Oaklawn's finish line shoots adrenaline through Lee Buxton of Little Rock.
"It's a beautiful sport, the horses are healthy and handsome," says Buxton.
Buxton stops by Oaklawn Racing and Gaming about once a week, and says aside from the sheer enjoyment of sport, the gambling opportunities keep him coming back.
"The betting pools are bigger than some of the tracks during simulcast season," says Buxton.
Oaklawn Assistant General Manager, David Longinotti, attributes good weather to the strong 2012 race season.
"In 2011 remember we had all that bad winter weather, we lost a record number of eight live racing days, 2012, this year we didn't lose any," says Longinotti.