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Oaklawn may have extended meet   General Discussions

Started Jun-7 by Wintertrian; 77 views.

From: Wintertrian


"Oaklawn Park officials might seek to move the start of its upcoming season to December from January.

Oaklawn president Louis Cella told the Arkansas Democrat Gazette that he will propose a 66-day season that would start Dec. 3 and run through May 7, which is Kentucky Derby day next year.

Currently, the meet is scheduled to begin Jan. 28."

I remember when the meet started earlier in January, but also remember a few opening days that had to be cancelled due to ice storms and such.  We do have full winter here so I imagine there will still be a few cancelled dates in Jan/Feb when our weather tends toward heavy rains or ice events. 

Some people say keep it at Jan 28 and extend thru May or part of June.  Um.....they don't live here so they don't know that won't work.  Even all the hiking and walking clubs pretty much stop holding events starting in's just too darn HOT here by then.   In Louisiana they still race but at night.    And most of April and May, it rains here every single day, mostly in lately, and rain here isn't sprinkles, it's monsoon-level downpours.  (that is why everything in these mountains in AR is so GREEN, unlike Oklahoma.......we get so much rain here!

OTOH I kind of enjoy that the town is a bit quieter during off-season.   It gets pretty congested once racing season happens, this is a "small town" in terms of population and square miles.  :)  

But make no mistake.....Oaklawn is going to be "the" track where horsemen want to race.  And we will get a lot of the best horses.    2 year olds at the beginning of the season and 3 year olds as the months go on.  They plow a lot of the casino dollars into purses.