Monday, April 13, 2015


ARKANSAS DERBY DAY at Oaklawn Park Race Track 2015 and we were there.  I had never been to the Derby so I added it to my bucket list and took it off the same day. 

There were over 67,000 people filling the stands and the infield.  We walked through the tunnel to the infield. It was like one big party.  Live music in the Pavilion, families having picnics, and some on blankets or lawn chairs just people watching.  The weather was perfect.  Yes, some wore gaudy hats like they do at the Kentucky Derby.  (Some hats should have been left at home!)

The highlight of the day was the 11th Race when American Pharoah out ran the field in grand style.  He is considered one of the favorite contenders for the Triple Crown this year.  
Chuck bought a 'win' ticket on him and didn't cash it. The odds were 1:9 paying $2.20. He is saving it in case American Pharaoh wins the Triple Crown.  The plan is to buy a winning ticket from each of the 'Triple Crown' tracks.  Then he'll have all four tickets...hmmm!...maybe sell them of EBay.  Okay, we are just dreaming.  We'll keep them as souvenirs.

We had a great time and are putting it on our 'Do it again!' List.

Oaklawn Park from the Infield

Starting gate ready
 to be moved to the track.
Jockey lost his mount
right before he was to be loaded
into the gate.  Not sure what happened?

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