Oaklawn's new season gives horsemen a thrill

Opening days at racetracks are somewhat routine for horsemen, but most are as excited as racing fans to finally see their handiwork on display. That seems particularly true at Oaklawn. Oaklawn Racing Casino Resort began its 2020 season with a nine-race card for an estimated crowd of 20,000, which was highlighted by Gold Street's victory in the Smarty Jones Stakes on Friday. It was the first of a three-day opening stretch packed with high-dollar races, including two stakes races today.

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WATCH: Ever-changing Oaklawn adopts 2020 vision

As anyone driving in the 2700 block of Central Avenue can attest, a lot can happen between racing seasons at Oaklawn Park. Anyone who still calls it a sleepy little track in Arkansas hasn't been keeping up. Those Rip Van Winkles are behind the times and could get left at the starting gate when the 120th season of live racing in Hot Springs begins this week. The track's longest winter-and-spring dates last year prompted the advertising slogan, "Stay Until May." One tag line this year is "A New Level of Excitement," representing the expansion of a former gaming center to become a full-fledged casino with further amenities ahead. "Pardon Our Construction" reflects all the changes in almost eight months since the last live race at the track.

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