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3.08.2009

BONUS: Oaklawn Race Track

SUNDAY MORNING
Post No. 1,101

Hey everyone. As less than 5% of you know, I love horse racing. I was born in Kentucky. I graduated from a pair of Kentucky universities. I like the place. Horse racing becomes a part of your life.

So that explains why I was so geeked about visiting Oaklawn Park on Saturday. It's a fairly nice track in Hot Springs, Ark., which is 45 minutes south of my hotel in Little Rock.

Here is photographic proof of my trip:

This is what the grandstand looks like from the track side. It's OK, I guess. I don't like being indoors when it's track time. That explains why I ...


... didn't like Oaklawn's indoor paddock. I've never seen anything like this. Also, as an aside, Oaklawn was LOADED with people on what I figured was Just Another Saturday. I was shocked. Where did all these people come from?

Here come the ponies past the grandstand for the first time!

We have a winner. Those front-running horses, of course, were not my picks in that race. That's why I have a camera in my hand ... and I'm not waving my tickets in the air.

62 Comments:

Blogger barkley for governor said...

1

9:58 AM  
Blogger barkley for governor said...

I guess everyone is at church..

That was kind of like beating Mississippi State.

10:05 AM  
Blogger barkley for governor said...

We should have a thread dedicated to Joe Lunardi bashing.

10:08 AM  
Blogger Monica said...

Very cool pics, Jay.

10:09 AM  
Blogger Matt said...

Can anyone find this hour that I have seem to misplaced?

10:23 AM  
Blogger scottie b in tennessee said...

nice. i spent a summer in college working at Camp Ozark in Mt. Ida, Arkansas which is right outside Hot Springs. being from south alabama i had no idea about horse racing. i wish i had made the effort to visit that track. very cool JG.

there's nothing quite like a nice spring/fall day at the racetrack at Keeneland in Lexington. good times.

10:24 AM  
Blogger scottie b in tennessee said...

my wife misplaced it too Matt. thus, i'm blogging, not worshipping. please be merciful to me o Lord.

10:25 AM  
Blogger AUMom said...

Eastern Daylight Savings Time took off even earlier!

However, since coming home from church, I can post without guilt.

10:29 AM  
Blogger AUMom said...

JGT, we lived in Louisville for 8 years after graduating from Auburn. The Derby converted us the first year.

To watch a strong horse run is a thing of incredible beauty. It is unforgettable.

We learned quickly that you have to pick a horse for the race. I went with trainer first, then looks, then name. What's your criteria?

10:32 AM  
Blogger AUMom said...

What's your criteria=What are your criteria?

Why do I always forget that criteria is plural?

10:33 AM  
Blogger Matt said...

Don't worry AUMom, grammar are optional here HABOTN at.

10:45 AM  
Blogger §teve For Chizik said...

Ah, people just go to horse races to see a horse crash.

10:53 AM  
Blogger jhag said...

mornin

11:19 AM  
Blogger jhag said...

So can FSU still go to bowl games?

11:26 AM  
Blogger Peter Frankenschmidt said...

Jay G, have you watched "Jockeys" on Animal Planet. Really good show involving horse racing.

11:35 AM  
Blogger Peter Frankenschmidt said...

You think the number is that small? Less than 5%?

11:44 AM  
Blogger Denny Crum said...

Jay G, that looks like a nice track. Next time you go to Keeneland, take some pictures. The indoor paddock is a NO GO. Yuck.

Auburn's men looked very very good yesterday. From the tone of your writing, the Auburn women are at another level from Tn. I would say they are where TN used to be.

11:58 AM  
Blogger Dr. Habotn said...

afternoon Hotties!
gorgeous morning here in Apple Chill. What a GREAT day in Auburn sports yesterday. Two big wins in basketball today would top off an incredible weekend. Go Tigers!!! Go Heels!!!

11:59 AM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

What up, peeps?

Criteria: Information found in the Daily Racing Form.

Jockeys: Awesome show. My new satellite allows me to enjoy Animal Planet in HD, so Alex Solis is so much clearer now.

12:02 PM  
Blogger Jim in Scranton said...

Here is the problem I see with the college basketball "experts". It sounds like they don't care as much how you play but rather who you play. Tennessee is a lock for the NCAA because they played 7 good OOC games (they went 2-5 in those games). They will probably have the same SEC record as AU and we beat them. So the message is: schedule good games in Nov-Dec but winning them is not that important.

12:03 PM  
Blogger diggerforAu said...

What a beautiful day here on the banks of the Coosa River. What a great day for Auburn Sports yesterday Both Basketball teams won handily, Baseball team swept a double header and the Softball team won. Like Skip Carey use to say, Win, win, win.

12:06 PM  
Blogger barkley for governor said...

Dr. HABOTN, hopefully you only get one of those victories today. =)

12:06 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

Some of my favorie horses have run at Oaklawn, so the place is a shrine to past greats in my mind.

My favorite horse was Best Pal. He ran in the 1991 Kentucky Derby. He died in 1998. He loved to eat Starlight Mints. Great horse. Great winner.

Other notable Oaklawn alums: Paseana, Cigar, Smarty Jones

12:06 PM  
Blogger Peter Frankenschmidt said...

At one point, I drove by an Oaklawn Cemetary on a daily basis. Hearing the name Oaklawn makes me think of dead people, not horses...might change to dead horses after that last post by Jay G.

12:10 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

You can't forget the most important ones, PF!

12:14 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

D. Miller said...
The only disappointing part about today is that we're still only at 46 entries in the Bracket Challenge. Come on slackers... get yer butts in there!


D.Miller, sorry I was slackin'! I am now signed up! I didn't see Monica's name on the list!

12:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ok, I'm now off to get my toenails did!

12:17 PM  
Blogger §teve For Chizik said...

When do the men play again, and who do they play?

1:20 PM  
Blogger barkley for governor said...

More than likely, we will play Florida friday.

1:26 PM  
Blogger Denny Crum said...

LuvAU1968, I am too stupid to figure out how to do it. Seriously.

1:29 PM  
Blogger D. Miller said...

Anybody know where to print off a SEC tourney Bracket for the Men?

1:52 PM  
Blogger BigEZ said...

Has anyone mentioned that it feels a little bit like '04, except the media is giving the b-ball team the shaft.

2:03 PM  
Blogger BigEZ said...

This may be worse though, at least in '04 we were in the discussion. The Duke and NC snottiness makes me sick. Even with a tourney, they still do their best to control everything. (the media that is)

2:07 PM  
Blogger Monica said...

Miller http://www.madduxsports.com/sec-tournament-bracket.pdf

2:09 PM  
Blogger barkley for governor said...

The ESPN media confused me last night. Bob Knight and Jay Bilas were talking as though it was a no brainer Auburn would be in, then Joe Lunardi didn't even have us on his bubble.

2:12 PM  
Blogger Jim Rome said...

JG - My dad graduated UK and I went there my Fresh. year then transfered to AU. UK is a pretty cool place - I did get to see the Derby and it was fantastic!

2:16 PM  
Blogger Monica said...

Full NCAA Tourney printable bracket
http://www.madduxsports.com/ncaa-tournament-bracket.pdf

2:16 PM  
Blogger BigEZ said...

What's funny is the other day when we were being considered a quality win for South Carolina. You can't have it both ways guys. You can't have a bad team as a quality win. I feel dumber even talking about this. Guess that's what it feels like to be an espn anchor.

2:18 PM  
Blogger BigEZ said...

Where are my manners? Good day to you Mon and all Hotties. Am I an official hotty yet?

2:20 PM  
Blogger Monica said...

Hey EZ - Per Jay G. Daddy Bear's declaration long ago if you read and/or post here, you're a Hottie.

2:22 PM  
Blogger BigEZ said...

Thank you Mon, off to the gym I go to run oft' some uh dem twankies.
(^-^)

2:26 PM  
Blogger Jet said...

Having gone to church, then planted a tree at the behest of Mrs. Jet, I am now sitting down, and glad to do so.

I saw the ridiculous shot that the Infidels made to win the game. All that does is once again devalue the league, in my mind.

2:31 PM  
Blogger Jet said...

Barkley ...

I saw what they said. I interpreted Knight as saying that we've improved our argument, and Bilas pointed out the fact that no 10-6 team has never been left out -- nothing more.

Hubert Davis can be interpreted as saying we are in, but his field would include all 341 teams if we took the ones he said were in.

We need to win, win, win. I'll be surprised if we get in, short of winning the tournament -- which I believe we can do.

Here's our problem ... the committee is looking to eliminate teams, not include them.

2:34 PM  
Blogger barkley for governor said...

Bob Knight said we improved our seeding, so I assumed he had us getting in.

2:40 PM  
Blogger Jet said...

When I saw him, Barkley, he said "position."

Seth Davis, at halftime of the Infidel game, said we've gotten into the conversation.

But the numbers guys don't say that. And I hate that, but I'm just not going to let my hopes get up.

2:43 PM  
Blogger Ragan said...

Ok, so I told you to eat at Vinos in Little Rock. My wife is from Hot Springs and the absolutely best pizza I have ever tasted is from Hawgs on Airport Rd. Wow. And they have a bunch of Razorback memorabilia around.

2:46 PM  
Blogger barkley for governor said...

Even if they all said we're on the bubble, at least they mentioned us. The midnight madness crew didn't even show the freaking highlights of the game, as far as I know. I fell asleep about 3/4 of the way through the show, but there was no mention of us at that point. They had Joe Lunardi talking about every team in the NCAA but us, it was embarrassing. We just beat the #12 team in the country and they are talking about some Kentucky team who has lost four straight games.

2:46 PM  
Blogger barkley for governor said...

The bama game was on CBS? What a disgrace.

2:55 PM  
Blogger Jet said...

Barkley ... that was decided before the season when the game would have been thought to be meaningful.

Too bad both teams couldn't lost in 9 overtimes.

2:58 PM  
Blogger barkley for governor said...

Joe Lunardi probably has bama in as a 2 seed now.

3:04 PM  
Blogger scottie b in tennessee said...

3.5 hrs till SEC Championship tip-off. :)

3:06 PM  
Blogger Jet said...

If we can get this Ill. State-No. Iowa out of the way, we can watch Duke and the Heels.

3:06 PM  
Blogger barkley for governor said...

I don't get off of work until 3:30, then I'll be heading home to watch it.

There is an article on bleacherreport.com with an SEC tournament preview. They have Auburn beating South Carolina in the championship game.

3:08 PM  
Blogger Jet said...

I'm all over that ... I hate that I will be out of pocket on Saturday and Sunday.

I'm flying to San Diego on Saturday, and will be in meetings all day Sunday.

3:10 PM  
Blogger barkley for governor said...

That sucks, Jet. Hopefully you have a Blackberry.

3:13 PM  
Blogger Jet said...

Oh, I'll have the crackberry with me. No doubt.

3:18 PM  
Blogger barkley for governor said...

Did I read that right? Hansborough is shooting three's?

3:26 PM  
Blogger Jeremy Eubanks said...

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5:22 PM  
Blogger Peter Frankenschmidt said...

Auburn baseball won a tough one in 11 innings today. Pitching was terrible, with five different pitchers allowing a total of 9 earned runs on 16 hits. I'd say Austin Hubbard was a bright spot, as usual, but he gave up a run in the 11th, causing the tigers to have to generate 2 runs in the bottom of that inning to win.

The Tigers scored six runs on 12 hits, including another home run by Trent Mummey.

5:23 PM  
Blogger Peter Frankenschmidt said...

don't know what I was typing. Auburn scored 10 runs.

5:23 PM  
Blogger Peter Frankenschmidt said...

Good breakdown of teams in similar situations to Auburn missing the NCAA by Andy Bitter.

5:35 PM  
Blogger khani said...

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6:56 AM  

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