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Old 03-02-2010, 10:27 AM
 
Location: Quapaw Quarter, Little Rock
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I am taking my 5-yr-old daughter to Oaklawn this weekend (I am thinking it shouldn't be too busy). She keeps seeing the horses walking around when we drive by and she has been begging to go. It will be both of ours first time to go to the track. I have absolutely no interest in going to the Apple Blossom though.
have a wonderful time! I bet she loves it. be sure to take her down to the paddock between races, where she can watch the horses being saddled and walked around before the race.
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Old 03-02-2010, 10:43 AM
 
Location: Hot Springs, AR
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A few years ago, I took a short trip down to Hot Springs near the end of January to escape the bitter Minnesota cold.

After arriving at Hot Springs, I was reading the local newspaper and noticed the next day was opening day at the race track and it was a special anniversary for the track.

We took in opening day ( never been to a horse track before)
( made a few $5 bets, won a little,lost a little )

What surprised me was all the black men who were there all decked out in fancy suits and wearing hats cocked on their heads.

They were placing bets galore and studying the stats.
I felt intimidated by all those " experts"

However, it was comical watching them toss their bets in the air after each race.
When the races ended, those " professionals" had lost both their money and especially their swagger.

Yup, back home we would label them--" all hat,no cattle"
I've gone to plenty of races and seen the WHITE people all decked out in fancy suits. Ever been to the Kentucky Derby? I'm so glad seeing all those fancy dressed black men lose did your heart some good. You could sit back and think "I can't afford a fancy suit but I'm still better cause I didn't lose like they did."

Maybe if you stopped being a racist, you could afford a fancy suit, too and stop hating on those who can afford to look good.
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Old 03-02-2010, 07:09 PM
 
Location: Hot Springs, AR
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I'm feeling inspired: I think I want to get dressed up for the biggest race of the season.

I'm also deciding how to scope out my vantage point. I'm planning to fight my way through the crowds. I really want to see Zenyatta in person.
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Old 03-03-2010, 08:11 AM
 
Location: Quapaw Quarter, Little Rock
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good luck! it's going to be CRAY-ZEE. but also a lot of fun!
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Old 03-03-2010, 04:14 PM
 
Location: Little Rock AR USA
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You might be able to rent your place out for a couple thousand bucks that weekend. Craigslist shows 3 BR homes being rented for thousands for the race. Sounds like an opportunity.
I once had friends living in H.S. who had houses and apartments they only rented during the race meet. Their view was that they could make almost as much during that time as with a permanent renter, and they didn't have to be continually fixing things. Everything would be redone after the meet. There were times their rentals would be "trashed", but the required deposit was high enough to cover most of that.
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Old 03-16-2010, 09:17 PM
 
Location: Fort Smith, Arkansas
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I am sure most have already heard by now, but the race has lost it's luster since Rachel Alexandra has been pulled after losing her first race last weekend.
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Old 03-17-2010, 04:40 PM
 
Location: Bella Vista, Ark
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I am sure most have already heard by now, but the race has lost it's luster since Rachel Alexandra has been pulled after losing her first race last weekend.
yea, I guess you don't have to worry about the town being taken over by a bunch of us gamblers..

We watched both races last Sat, as soon as she lost we thought the race would be cancelled..Zenanada is just one heck of a horse. What more can anyone say?

Nita
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Old 03-21-2010, 04:51 PM
 
Location: Little Rock AR USA
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Some of the locals go around after a race picking up those "tossed" tickets to see if anyone accidentally threw away a winner. It's kinda like checking the pay telephone and drink machine coin return slot. Occasionally they'll find a winner, but they pick up lots of tickets.
Last week I read in the Arkansas Democrat - Gazette that a man follows the races from track to track picking up tossed tickets and makes over 40K per year. I'll bet it is not declared for income tax!
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