Due to winter weather that is expected to hit Hot Springs, Arkansas over the next few days, Oaklawn Park has announced that they are cancelling racing this weekend including President's Day racing that was scheduled for Monday.
The $250,000 Bayakoa Stakes (G3), the $600,000 Razorback Handicap (G3) and the $750,000 Southwest Stakes (G3) will be rescheduled to Saturday, February 20th. The $150,000 Dixie Belle Stakes and the $150,000 Downthedustyroad Stakes will be run on Sunday, February 21st.
"The weather forecast does not look promising this weekend between the ice and frigid temperatures, so out of consideration for the safety of the horses, horsemen and fans, we wanted to make this call as soon as possible," said General Manager Wayne Smith. "We appreciate the cooperation we have received from our horsemen and Racing Commission. Though we are frustrated Mother Nature has thrown us a curveball, our rescheduled stakes will create a spectacular weekend of racing next week."
Oaklawn expects to run the Thursday and Friday card as currently scheduled. No reservations will be required for seating in the simulcast area this weekend only, first come, first serve. The casino will remain open all weekend as will simulcast.
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