For most jockey's this means staying home, since most of the trainers will have there exercise riders do this job.
On Tuesday, the track opened later in the morning because of the deep freeze they had the night before. Once the sun comes up it helps the track to thaw out. When I say the track is frozen, I don't mean solid. The track will form balls of frozen dirt from the moisture that is in the track. When it is worked with the tractors, the balls start to break apart but are still clumpy. So what little moisture the track had is now in the form of walnut size balls, this leaves the rest of the dirt very powdery.
This track has a good base to it so the horses are able to still go out and train either galloping or jogging.
The track maintenance crew has worked 12 hour shifts to keep the track in good condition so that afternoon racing may resume. They have done an excellent job.
Remember here in Arkansas, its a natural spring so the race track is not allowed to use any chemicals on its surface like other winter tracks. This is what makes it more difficult to maintain. So kudos to our track maintenance crew!