The numbers were like old times.
Mild weather with a high of 63 helped contribute to an opening-day crowd of 19,633 spectators Friday at Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs. The pleasant weather is expected to come to an end today, with a high of 61 and a 90 percent chance for thunderstorms. The high Sunday is expected to be in the low-to-mid 40s.
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Congenial (1) and jockey Robby Albarado charge out of the gate to start Friday’s first race, which Congenial won by 2 1/2 lengths. Albarado had three winners on the day.
Now and Zen, with jockey Alex Cintron aboard, pulls ahead on the home stretch to win the fifth race at Oaklawn Park on Friday. Posse Cat was second, followed by Enclosure. Now and Zen, the post-time favorite, was one of five favorites to win an opening day race.
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Sports, Pages 19 on 01/12/2013
Print Headline: Winter thunderland