As the sun rises at Oaklawn Park, it's easy to see why some folks call this place magical.
And as the crowds roll in for a day of live racing, history continues to be made at this racetrack, which dates back to 1905.
"It's all about looking outside, hearing the crowd, watching the horses come down the stretch," said Oaklawn announcer Frank Mirahmadi.
It's not just about attracting crowds and high dollar bets, some of the best jockeys choose to race here, including, this year, the second leading female jockey of all time, Rosemary Homeister.
"It's absolutely beautiful," said Homeister. "I love Hot Springs. The people have been very warm and friendly, and it's great to be in a place where everybody knows horse racing."
And it might be one of the horses racing at Oaklawn to make a big name on the national stage this year. One could be the next Smarty Jones or Zenyatta.
Place your bets right, and you'll have reason to celebrate with those in the Winner's Circle.
Oaklawn will host five days of live racing starting Thursday and running through Monday the 21st. They're hoping folks who have the Martin Luther King Junior holiday off work will spend their day at the track.
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