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Officials bank on gaming growth to stoke purses, quality of racing

Posted: January 10, 2014 at 3:04 a.m.

With ice covered trees in the background, horsemen train their horses across a sloppy racetrack Thursday, January 9, 2014, in preparation for the live race meet at Oaklawn Park which is scheduled to beging Friday. (The Sentinel-Record/Richard Rasmussen)

HOT SPRINGS — Oaklawn Park racing secretary Pat Pope hit the road recruiting this fall with an eye toward the 2014 live meeting, but, maybe more important, the future.

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