Hot Springs On The GO!

The Sentinel-Record - HER - Hot Springs - - News -

Imay have ex­hausted this story for sev­eral peo­ple, but hu­mor me as I share one of my fa­vorite child­hood mem­o­ries of grow­ing up in a town that loves rac­ing as much as Hot Springs. When I was lit­tle, on the morn­ings we got an early start to school, mom would take me to see the horses train. We would sit in her car, parked on a small patch of dirt on Tal­is­man Street as horses gal­loped by, sil­hou­et­ted by the sun com­ing up over the track at Oak­lawn Park. To this day, if I get an early start on chilly morn­ings in Jan­uary, I'll park there and watch them race by.

This live meet is a par­tic­u­larly ex­cit­ing one for Oak­lawn, com­ing on the heels of the first Triple Crown win in 37 years by Amer­i­can Pharoah. The ath­lete got his start win­ning the Rebel Stakes and Arkansas Derby, all eyes were on Hot Springs in the months af­ter as he proved the road to the Triple Crown runs through Oak­lawn.

An­other rea­son peo­ple love Oak­lawn so much is the food, which is cel­e­brated be­gin­ning with 50-cent corned beef sand­wiches on open­ing day. But with new eater­ies in the gam­ing ex­pan­sion — of­fi­cially open for one year — like Silks Bar & Grill, guests have been in­tro­duced to new fa­vorites that are here to stay.

Those look­ing for a foot race for a good cause need not look any fur­ther than the Van Davis 5K, on Feb. 20, now in its fourth year, hon­or­ing the mem­ory of a long­time his­tory and political sci­ence in­struc­tor at Na­tional Park Col­lege. In his time ed­u­cat­ing stu­dents, he also pro­vided schol­ar­ships to sev­eral over the years who needed the ex­tra help. Many of th­ese stu­dents had no idea of his im­pact on their education, and all spon­sor­ship pro­ceeds of the race go to­ward pro­vid­ing more schol­ar­ships.

There's a lot hap­pen­ing in the fi­nal stretch of win­ter with spring right around the cor­ner. But we don't slow down here in the Spa City.

See you at the races,

Beth Bright-Reed As­so­ciate editor

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