Too cold to run; Oaklawn cancels $250K Southwest

Oaklawn Park officials have postponed the Southwest Stakes after

icy conditions forced the cancellation of the final six races at

the Arkansas racetrack.

The $150,000 Southwest has been rescheduled for Saturday. The

race for 3-year-olds is one of three preps at the Hot Springs track

on the road to the Kentucky Derby on May 1.

The icy conditions Monday made racing unsafe for the jockeys and

horses. After the fourth race, jockeys reported that balled up ice

was flying from the horses’ hooves, and a several of jockeys had

broken goggles.

The temperature hovered at about freezing and the area had

gotten a little snow overnight.

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