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Oaklawn adds a day of races
Oaklawn adds a day of races

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. – Oaklawn Park, which has lost six full race cards because of weather since the beginning of the meet, will increase the number of daily races from nine to 10 effective with its Thursday, Feb. 10 card. Post times will remain 1:30 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays, and Sundays and 1:00 p.m. Saturdays.

“It is not unusual for us to run 10 races once the days get longer, and in this instance it will allow us to make up for some of our losses,” said Assistant General Manager of Racing David Longinotti. “We have a full barn area of over 1,500 horses, so we also want to do our best to accommodate our horsemen who are here and ready to run.”

Weather forced Oaklawn to cancel its opening day card, Jan. 14, Jan. 20 and Feb. 3 – Feb. 6. The six cancellations equal the record for most cards lost in a season also reached in 2003, 1989, 1979 and 1960.

The $100,000 Essex Handicap, which was originally scheduled for Feb. 5, will now be part of the 10-race card on Sunday, Feb. 13.