“They say that you can measure a man’s wealth by the number of friends they have.”
If that is the case then I am one Rich S.O.B!
It was bound to happen, after many years of hanging with a bunch of old peeps it was finally time for CBT to join the ranks of the ‘over the hill’ club and this past weekend marked that occasion. In an agreement with Mrs CBT, there was to be no surprise party but just a relaxed weekend at the track with any and everybody who wanted to make the trip. For those who are ‘not from around these parts’ Hot Springs, AR has Oaklawn Racetrack and is a good training ground for those horses who plan to run for the roses at Churchill Downs for the Kentucky Derby. Mrs Trumpet and I have always stayed at the Arlington Hotel as being downtowners we enjoy parking the car and going on foot for dining, shopping and grabbing a cup of ‘diet coke’ as Bath House row should not be missed.
The plan was to get over on Friday morning and catch some races, have dinner and hang out with our friends from St. Louis, then Saturday we head to the track for a full day of gambling, telling lies and oh yeah have a couple of beers too! The weather was perfect, the races were good for some (self included) and a good time was had by all!
Sunday was Easter Sunday so after we all got back from Mass we headed home back to Crime Free Memphis and enjoyed the end of a great weekend.
The pictures will give you a better idea how the weekend went!
I don’t know who this Robilio effer is but a bunch of Jackarses were wearing this shirt at the track this weekend.
Oh did I fail to mention that the Arlington was also a huge place for Al Capone (not the singer, the Gangster) to come down from Chicago to hang out? Yep that is his normal room too.
Calvin Borel you magnificent B@st@rd, oh how you have made me some money over the years!
For those of you who watched the Kentucky Derby last year and watched that 50-1 horse ‘Mine that Bird’ win huge money, it was Calvin who was on the mount. He loves Oaklawn and Hot Springs and I love him too!
Hmm, Pink silk wearing Jockey…Wonder if CBT put some money on him????
You bet your sweet Arse and all grey horses too!
Look my Sister from St. Louis even made the trip too!
Um Girls can you act like you are having a good time? Please?
The Easter Bunny is ready and is heading to the Track!
A beautiful day for racing!
Thank you Easter Bunny..Bwak, Bwak!
DS – “Hey CBT, I had the same numbers that they just posted on the board, what does that mean?”
CBT – “Oh nothing, here give me that ticket and I will go throw it away for you in the recycling bin.”
DS – “Ok, but what does it mean when the Trifecta pays 185.50 to the winner?”
CBT – “That means you go up there and trade that little ticket in for 185.50!”
As you can see JS and DS have now decided that Horse racing is easy and out of respect they are going to let us play some now.
If you are wondering why I took a picture of this and spewing obscenities at this time please check out the next picture.
That’s right and I had pretty good odds on horse Numero 12 too!
Thankfully the Stewards did not see enough evidence that there was a foul and denied the objection!
(thank goodness we had an attorney traveling in our group too!)
Gives a whole new meaning to Mr Ed’s head doesn’t it?
And they are out of the gate!
And look my horse is dead arse last!
Again a great day with friends, good weather and even some good John McNicholas from up above good luck!
Aaron Gryder showed up at Oaklawn on Thursday to prep for the Arkansas Derby and none of the handicappers picked him in any races.
(well except for CBT and others who realized he was trending and some made some good money on Saturday!)
For those who don’t know who he is, he is a pretty good and accomplished jockey who races in the Breeders Cup and Triple Crown races each and every year.
Beautiful day on the Rail
You would have to kill me to sit inside on such a great day!
Cold Beer, Good Reuben Sandwiches and some warm temps!
Did I mention beer?
Tucker did you happen to pick that exacta with the 50-1 long shot horse in the last race?
If she played at 2 dollar exacta she would have had to claim an IRS form.
Baby Fine Hair got so hot at the track she started smoking!
Did you hear that CBT is going to go streaking in honor of his 40th? Guess she did!
Even Tucker heard it!
I hold the Popper Olympic CD in my hand
So a Rabbi, Priest and a Nun walk into a bar….
And even in honor of CBT’s 40th trip around the sun this guy put these pants on!
Now don’t worry, I also took some “If you wore something stupid, I took a picture of it” pics this past weekend and I will be posting very soon!
TTK and thanks to all my friends for the Birthday well wishes!