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January dreaming: Horsemen long for this year’s Pharoah

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The 57-day live racing season at Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs begins today. Opening day will feature the $125,000 Fifth Season Stakes, which will include 6-year-old Far Right, who ran second to Triple Crown winner American Pharoah in the 2015 Arkansas Derby.

HOT SPRINGS -- Before American Pharoah began to dig magic from the sand and clay of Oaklawn Park's racetrack, no one could have known a statue of the horse would be unveiled later in front of the track's main entrance.

Oaklawn Park President Louis Cella speaks during the unveiling of a statue of American Pharoah, the 2015 Triple Crown winner, at the track in Hot Spr...

At a glance

WHAT First of 57 scheduled days of live thoroughbred racing at Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs. The season continues through April 14, the date for the $1 million Arkansas Derby.

FORECAST Mostly sunny with a high of 42 degrees, winds at 10 to 15 mph

ADMISSION Free

2018 schedule

JANUARY

OPENING WEEKEND Friday-Monday REST OF MONTH Thursday-Sunday

FEBRUARY

WEEKLY SCHEDULE Thursday-Sunday SPECIAL DAY Monday, Feb. 19

MARCH

WEEKLY SCHEDULE Thursday-Sunday

APRIL

FIRST WEEK Wednesday-Sunday FINAL WEEK Wednesday-Saturday NOTE No racing on April 1 (Easter)

POST TIMES

12:35 p.m. Today

1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday

1 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 4

1 p.m. Monday, Jan. 15 and Monday, Feb. 19

1 p.m. every Saturday except April 14

12:30 p.m. April 14

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