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story.lead_photo.caption Fans stood shoulder to shoulder on the Oaklawn Park apron Friday in Hot Springs as horses broke from the gate to start the 2013 live racing season, the track’s earliest opening. Track officials said 60-degree temperatures, after last month’s winter storm, might have helped lure a crowd of 19,633, an 8.5-percent increase in on-track attendance over a year ago. On-track wagering was $1,119,168.50, a 10-percent increase over last year’s opening. - Photo by Stephen B. Thornton

The numbers were like old times.

Oaklawn's Opening Day

Horses rumble down the track during Oaklawn Park's opening day in Hot Springs. (By Stephen B. Thornton)
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Photo by Stephen B. Thornton
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.
Patrons, jockeys and officials flocked to Oaklawn Park on Friday for the first day of the 2013 season. While fans saw is as the beginning of the racing year in Hot Springs, officials breathed a sigh of relief as months of preparation was put into action.

Oaklawn Park opens for 2013 season

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Photo by Stephen B. Thornton
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.
Photo by Stephen B. Thornton
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.
Photo by Stephen B. Thornton
Eric Resendiz, 10, of Malvern, watches the races Friday in Hot Springs. He has two uncles who are professional jockeys.

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Sports, Pages 19 on 01/12/2013

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