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Beautiful Day at Oaklawn Exactly What the Park Needed

Tens of thousands show up in Hot Springs on a special day of racing.
HOT SPRINGS, AR - The Presidents Day holiday might be exactly what Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs needed.

The live horse racing park has had to cancel four and a half because of winter weather, but Monday's 70 degree temperatures were perfect for the park and fans alike. The announced attendance was 25,622.

"Mother nature is very important to what we do, we are an outdoor sport, today she cooperated," said Bobby Geiger, the Director of Gaming and Wagering. "This is perfect, this is going to jump start the rest of this season, and this is exactly what we needed to dial up for this weekend."

Despite the missed days, Oaklawn says it is on pace for 52 days of live racing, it has an agreement with its horseman for 51 days.

People at the park loved the weather and the racing.

"I think it's awesome, because the kids are out of school today and it's just perfect," Cynthia Austin said. "It happened on the perfect day for us to enjoy it all as a family together."

Chandler Wise agreed.

"I cannot tell you how happy I am, it's great," he said.

This will be the final Monday live racing of the year. Oaklawn will continue live racing on Thursday.

Monday was also the first big 3-year-old stakes race of the season. Tapiture won the Southwest Stakes. 
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