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See you at the races!

Posted Monday, April 18, 2011, at 6:43 AM

Several friends and relatives are enjoying what I understand is the last race weekend for the year at Hot Springs, Arkansas. Though I can't be with them, I'll share the picture I took earlier this year, the one that my loyal reader "lovebooks" mentioned in my last blog.

This beautiful horse sculpture has greeted visitors at the entrance of the Woodlawn race track in Hot Springs, Arkansas since it was commissioned in 1991. The remarkably life-like statue was created by former Dexter resident Alan Gibson, who made it in two pieces and then put it together on site.

As Lovebooks points out, Gibson goes down each year to change the color of the jockey's silks, as a new winner of the Arkansas Derby is declared. This year's winner of the last race would appear to be a horse named Archarcharch, ridden by jockey John Court. Silk colors were purple and yellow, which will look very nice on Gibson's sculpture.

For more information about Alan Gibson, check out his website at alangibsonart.com.

See you at the races next year!

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A beautiful place where my dear late wife and I spent many happy days. The thoroughbred is a wonderful addition to the Oaklawn Racing Park.

-- Posted by Dexterite1 on Mon, Apr 18, 2011, at 6:38 AM

A talented man! And you never know where you're gonna find people like this.

-- Posted by goat lady on Mon, Apr 18, 2011, at 8:56 PM

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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 advancensc@sbcglobal.net.
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