questionsany horse racing fans?

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sorry: i needed to document your tag line because i like it, and know it will get changed but thought others might enjoy it too. no real comment since i haven't seen a horse in years (and then only when driving by fields), i have no real comment, but you get +1 for the tag.

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My brother and I were planning on going to Oaklawn (Hot Springs, AR) today, but the season ended yesterday with the Arkansas Derby. I don't have a strategy for betting, either. My brother swears by the "whichever horse pooped last" method.

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@rprebel: I've been to the Hot Springs track once, many years ago when I lived in Arkansas. Golden Gate runs most of the year and they have simulcast so we can bet on tracks across the states and even in other countries.

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Not really, but I like the tag, as well. I have friends who are very invested in horse race betting...I just don't get it. Now if the horses were chasing the the riders, that I could get on board with.

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Never been a big fan of horse racing or gambling. Even though I live about 80 miles from Hot Springs I have only been to Oaklawn once.

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@jsimsace: I'm a big fan of horses in general. I was the little girl who always begged for a pony, bought my first horse at age 32 and went on to have a horse farm where I bred and showed Quarter Horses in halter (conformation) classes.

Also a fan of gambling as a form of entertainment but I definitely have my limit...my husband and I each have a $20 per day limit at the track for gambling.

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No tracks close to here, but I'm getting excited for the Derby/Triple Crown. Here's a spin-off question...Any favorites for the Derby? I'm keeping an eye on Union Rags and Gemologist. Union Rags is trained by Michael Matz (same trainer as Barbaro)so it would be nice to see him get a win. Gemologist is undefeated currently so I'm sure he'll be a favorite going in.

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@ohcheri: I was the same as you, but I got the pony (APHA horse really!) I showed all through middle school/high school. Mainly open shows/4-H but some circuit shows too. My high school had an equestrian team that for awhile was the only major sport we were good at. By the end of high school I hated it. I loved my horse but I hated showing; the politics, the commitment, the amount of money spent, etc. It's been 10 years since my last show and now I miss it. I still have my horse but she's basically an expensive lawn ornament. She has chronic founder so we've just been keeping her comfortable the last couple years. I actually envy your situation, to be able to approach the sport from an adult perspective. I'm sure some of the same old issues are still there but now there's maturity on your side. :)

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@magiclela: I gave up my horses when I left Arkansas (along with the ex-husband). I totally agree about the politics with horse shows, it really tainted the whole experience. I'm not super competitive and could never understand the lengths some people would go just to win a ribbon or trophy.

Sorry to hear about the founder, that is painful for the animal and the owner :(

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Nope. Worked at a track, didn't much like what I saw both in the races behind the scenes.