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Rain or shine, the Oaklawn Racing season is underway

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HOT SPRINGS (KATV)--Despite the rain ... opening day at Oaklawn Racing was a success.

If you remember last year, the rain closed down the track the Saturday and Sunday of opening weekend, but this year Oaklawn officials say they were better prepared for the rain.

Oaklawn Spokesperson, Jennifer Hoyt, said it was issues with the drainage system that caused them to close in 2013, along with more than three inches of rainfall.

Hoyt said, over the summer they fixed those issues to be better prepared for copious amounts of rain.

Rain or shine, the thousands expected to come for Oaklawn Racing's first day of the season came in full force to the tune of nearly 15,000 people.

"We got umbrellas, got people that can drop us off, cabs that can drop you off at the front door ... you got gambling in your blood... you're there," said Houston, Texas resident Nancy Brown.

"It's a race on the road to the Derby and that's what people come for, it's a good race track, fun, corned beef sandwiches for the people that like them," said horse racing fan Lynda Harrison.

It was all hands on deck, as 15 track maintenance workers tried to minimize the puddles in between races.

"They're going around several times, and what they're doing they're harrowing the track and they're pushing as much of that water out of the surface as they can," added Hoyt.