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Workouts resume at Oaklawn Park after missing nearly a week

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HOT SPRINGS (KATV) -- Oaklawn Park canceled its racing card last week because of the freezing conditions, and an Oaklawn spokesperson confirmed each day cost it millions of dollars in betting revenue.

Horsemen including trainers, jockeys and barn assistants were all unable to do much work last week because of weather conditions, costly to all parties.

As horses sprinted past the finish line during training at Oaklawn Park Tuesday morning, the thoroughbreds weren't the only ones ready to run.

"If they aren't on the track they're not getting fit for the races," said Oaklawn spokeswoman, Jennifer Hoyt.

"The horsemen, they're not making any money, their help's not making any money, so it's harder on them than it is the actual track."

Precipitation and low temperatures put a freeze on morning workouts for nearly a week, but according to one trainer the larger loss was canceling an entire weekend of racing.

"If you miss a day or two training it's no big deal, but when it's a stretch of four or five-straight days that's probably when it has the most affect on us.," said trainer Cody Autrey.

We look-on as Autrey, Oaklawn's 2014 meet leading trainer, scouts horses during the morning training session.

Autrey said keeping a good routine with these animals is important, especially if you want to win. He went as far to ship a couple of horses to a track in Louisiana for a few days just so they could workout.

"They're disappointed because we haven't been able to train or race," said Autrey about fellow trainers and horsemen.

"You know people are here for the season to race and train. Missing days are days that we won't make up so they're not too happy, but everybody has the same boat to live in so we've got to figure it out."

Oaklawn says there is a strong-possibility these missed days will be made up later in the meet, but one sure thing is purses for several remaining races have been bumped up. 

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