Oaklawn opens today. It should be proclaimed some kind of holiday, I'm thinking. A beautiful racetrack in a town with a very colorful past. Bath houses, prostitutes, and Al Capone hanging out at the Arlington Hotel can do that to a town's reputation.
But Hot Springs is a great place to visit. And the track always has great races for wagering.
Tomorrow, the American Beauty Stakes will have a field of six fillies and mares. And one that I've been watching is True Tails. She's trained by Cole Norman - and broken neck or not, he's formidable at Oaklawn. The first time I saw True Tails was last spring at the Warfare Farm Stakes at Lone Star Park. She won gate to wire. And what was absolutely eye-popping was that she led within a length down the backstretch, and at the half-mile, she turned on the gas and pulled away as if her competition were standing still, winning by almost 8 lengths in stakes record time (1:08.76). It was a visionary experience that stays with you.
Saturday's pick for the 9th race at Oaklawn: True Tails. Exacta with late closer Josh's Madelyn.