Mudders’ day

15,031 huddle as rain stains earliest opener

Posted: January 11, 2014 at 3:18 a.m.

Racing fans gather near the front of the grandstand to watch the fifth race on opening day at Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs. An announced crowd of 15,031, the smallest opening-day crowd since 2003, braved chilly temperatures and plenty of rainfall.

Mother Nature 1, Oaklawn Park 0.

Horses burst from the starting gate on the backstretch at Oaklawn Park in the first of nine races on the opening day card Friday.

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Sports, Pages 19 on 01/11/2014