They went from too icy to race — to so warm that shorts were seen today near the finish line at Austintown’s Hollywood Gaming race track. After the longest stretch ever of consecutive days without horse racing — wagers were being made — and races were being held. More details tonight on the ice below the horses hooves. [C4]20180122 HORSE RACING 27-PK “LAST PART OF BUGLE SONG.” First Call was played again today at Austintown’s Hollywood Gaming Race Track — the first time the short bugle solo’s been heard here in 12 days. UNFORTUNATELY MOTHER NATURE WAS NOT VERY KIND TO US.” Mark Loewe is Hollywood Gaming’s director of racing. He says the rain before the snow storm of January 12th — seeped deep into the track’s porous surface — and became ice — which caused five racing days to be canceled. “ONCE THE ICE GOT INTO THE TRACK, IT WAS FROZEN, TEMPERATURES STAYING BELOW FREEZING, JUST DIDN’T GIVE US AN OPPORTUNITY TO PUT A SAFE TRACK OUT THERE FOR THE HORSES OR FOR THE JOCKEYS.” “BAREFOOT GYPSY SHE’S STILL CLEAR.” Barefoot Gypsy did hold on to win today’s seventh race — on a track that’s taken a beating the past 10 days. “YOU KNOW A LOT OF TIMES WITH THE WAY THE WEATHER IS IT BECOMES A LITTLE UNEVEN AND STUFF. BUT YOU KNOW THEY DO THE BEST THEY CAN. IT’S HARD YOU KNOW WHEN THE TRACK IS FROZEN AND IT THAWS OUT.” The tree line hides the sun on the track’s southeast corner — so this section of the track was still a bit frozen today — which shorted the six furlong races to five and a half. The ice also altered how the horses practice. The track was open in the mornings — so trainers could let the horses stretch their legs. “GO SLOW. DON’T TRY AND DO ANYTHING TOO MUCH. BUT GIVE THEM AN OPPORTUNITY TO GET OUT AND GET THEM OUT OF THE BARN SO THEY DON’T KICK THE WALLS DOWN, BECAUSE IF THEY’RE COOPED UP FOUR OR FIVE DAYS, IT’S TOUGH ON THE HORSES.” “CRAZY, ANOTHER PHOTO…NAT SOUND OF HORSE HOOVES.” [C5]20180122 HORSE RACING 27-TAG To make up for lost races — there will be 10 races tomorrow and Wednesday — instead of the usual eight or nine. Post time both days will be 12-15 instead of 12- 45. The canceled racing days will be made up — possibly on some Friday’s in March — or during the last week of April.