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On the Road to the RacesPosted Thursday, April 7, 2011, at 9:38 AM
On March 17, St Patrick's Day of this year, I experienced my first horse race. My friend took me to Hot Springs for what I think was the first race of the year.
As you can imagine, I was pretty busy gawking at the sights and sounds, and was less interested in the betting process.
My favorite things were in roughly this order: the sunshine, the horses, the FOOD in the Carousel Room, the carved horses in the Carousel Room, the jockey silks, the colorfully-dressed ladies in green, and the entire experience as a whole!
Since we were on our way to see my friend's brother and sister in Texas, we stayed for only a couple of races, but it was very interesting to get to sit at a comfy table up high in the restaurant, where we could see the horses line up and run. A trip down to the track was pretty cool, too!
My friend did win $30 on a horse named "Awesome Symmetry." The name reminded him of my 7-year-old grandson Michael Patrick's first-grade science project over black holes! It was Michael's birthday, so, in celebration, we chose Awesome Symmetry, with, I think, a $4.00 bet. The filly won her first race. Yes, I know--too bad we didn't bet more, but winning might only hook us, anyway. Best to just enjoy the outing and not get all hung up on games of chance!
Anyway, I understand that all these beautiful carousel horses were carved by a former Dexter resident? They are breath-taking and well worth the trip to see them!
From the sunny hills of Kelso. MO, where I am babysitting a sick 1 1/2 year old grand daughter, this is your roving reporter signing out, before nap time is over!
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Madeline (Giles) DeJournett is the Advance writer for the North Stoddard Countian. A retired high school English/history teacher, she spent 32 years teaching in 5 schools in Missouri and Alaska. These days, she lives quietly with a menagerie of wild and domestic animals on 52 secluded acres in the remote Tillman hills south of Advance. She graduated from Dexter High School in 1960 and Southeast Missouri State in 1964. She can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 573-722-5322.
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