Press Release per Oaklawn:
OAKLAWN CANCELS THURSDAY’S CARD DUE TO WEATHER
HOT SPRINGS, AR (Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2011) – Oaklawn Park has made the decision to cancel its Thursday, Feb. 3 card because of weather, but will remain open for simulcast racing and gaming.
After a picture-perfect weekend with a high of 70 degrees Saturday, nearly three inches of rain fell between Monday night and Tuesday and temperatures dropped by over 50 degrees. Temperatures ranged around 28 degrees Wednesday afternoon and were not expected to move above 32 degrees until Friday.
“Between the rain and freezing temperatures, it is just impossible for our track maintenance crew to prepare the track for racing Thursday,” said Assistant General Manger of Racing David Longinotti. “We met with horsemen representatives and the stewards and everyone was in agreement that this was the right thing to do. We hope to be able to make a call tomorrow about Friday and will be working diligently to have the track ready at least for Saturday and Sunday.”
Live racing is scheduled to resume Friday, Feb. 4 with a 1:30 p.m. first post. The weekend will feature the $100,000 Essex Stakes for older horses going 1 1/16 miles Saturday.