02/08/2014 10:14AM

Oaklawn cancels for third straight day


HOT SPRINGS, Ark.- Oaklawn Park has canceled Saturday’s nine-race program due to the freezing temperatures that have gripped the Hot Springs, Ark., track for much of the past week. It’s the third consecutive card lost the winter blast.

Oaklawn was forced to cancel programs both Thursday and Friday. The track also lost six of its races last Sunday, when heavy rains moved into the area. The cancellations are the first of the meet that opened on Jan. 10.

Oaklawn has harrowed its track continually since Wednesday afternoon. The card Saturday featured the $100,000 King Cotton, a six-furlong race that had drawn multiple stakes winner Alsvid.

Oaklawn officials said the track would remain open for simulcasting and gaming on Saturday, just as it had Thursday and Friday.

Ann More than 1 year ago
Oaklawn extended its season into January a decade or so ago; previously it didn't open until mid/late-February. Maybe they should revisit the decision.
WendyJChase More than 1 year ago
WendyJChase More than 1 year ago
mark oleary More than 1 year ago
I find it sad that venerable Oaklawn Park is at the mercy of the weather gods, especially since they are one of the few remaining tracks that can pack them in to the rafters. The local populace really supports their local venue, and each time ive been there it's like going back in time when horseracing was king, everywhere. It doesnt take a genius to figure out what management at Oaklawn is doing right, but I would think the brain trust of other tracks would travel to Hot Springs on a fact finding mission. Keep up the good work , Oaklawn, and protect that wonderful product ! And let's hope the terrible weather gives you the break you deserve.
Walter More than 1 year ago
I've never been there, hopefully sometime soon. What do you think they are doing right?
R. Carlos Nanez More than 1 year ago
They don't worry much, they still rack it up....and save lots of money, they don't pay purse, let tellers and other employers go home early. The ones that get the shaft are the horsemans,so don't feel bad for oaklawn's management.