HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (AP) — Nearly 20,000 people ushered in the 2013 Oaklawn Park thoroughbred racing season.
The Hot Springs track had its earlier-than-ever start Friday with some of its better weather ever. Skies were partly cloudy with temperatures in the 50s and 60s. Track officials were worried that the weather would be too cold.
Donoharm won the feature race Friday, taking the $75,000 Fifth Season Stakes by a head over Skyring. A winning ticket paid $29. Pre-race favorite Endorsement finished seventh.
Assistant General Manager David Longinotti said Oaklawn had a minor problem with a website but that otherwise things ran smoothly for a first-day.
Saturday's card includes the $60,000 Dixie Belle Stakes for 3-year-old fillies.