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Fairmount Park

  • Blogs

    January 4, 2013

    What St. Louis Taught Me

    This is my last day as music editor of the Riverfront Times. It's been 21 months and two weeks since I moved to St. Louis from Denver, and there has not been a more dynamic stretch in my life. My predecessor, Annie Zaleski, offered me some tips when I started, just as her predecessor had. Daniel Hi ... More >>

  • Calendar

    July 12, 2012
  • Blogs

    August 11, 2011

    Windfall for Fairmount Park; Weathered Horse Track To Get Estimated $14 Million

    Last time we ventured to Fairmount Park in '09, the JumboTron was in much need of repair.​The long legal battle between Illinois horse tracks and casinos is over. After losing an appeal and failing to get a hearing in front of the U.S. Supreme Court, Illinois casinos said goodbye this week to $141 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 21, 2011

    Apt to Dance: Racehorse Dies on Horse Hooky Tuesday

    image viaAn injured racehorse (though not Apt to Dance).​This week's Horse Hooky Tuesday at Fairmount Park did not end well for Apt to Dance, a three-year-old mare. While waiting in the paddock just before the start of the fourth race, something spooked the horse. She reared on her hind legs ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 9, 2011

    Fuck Michael Pollan #5: Breaking the Food Rules at "Winter Blows" Swap Meet & Bike Show

    Michael Pollan's 2007 best seller The Omnivore's Dilemma documented the industrialization of the world's food supply and whipped the foodie vanguard into a self-righteous froth. His encore, the "Manifesto" In Defense of Food, revealed the author as a proselytizing zealot/minimalist poet. ("Eat food. ... More >>

  • Calendar

    June 23, 2010
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    May 10, 2010

    Illinois Lawmakers Take A Siesta to Condemn Arizona's Immigration Law

    Image sourceThe Illinois House of Representatives asks, "¿Como se dice 'snooze' en español?"​On the eve of their summer recess, the Illinois House of Representatives boldly passed a resolution that officially condemns Arizona's harsh new immigration law. Trouble was, they ended up taking the leg ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 30, 2010

    5 Places to Watch the 2010 Kentucky Derby in St. Louis

    ​The Kentucky Derby is described as the most exciting two minutes in sports. But as exciting as it may be, not everybody is willing to make the drive to Louisville for a two-minute race. If you're looking for a place to watch the race in St. Louis -- maybe drink a few Mint Juleps or sport that fun ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 27, 2010

    And They're Off! Live Racing at Fairmount Park Starts Today

    Image viaLocal gamblers will get to see this 52 days this year at Fairmount Park.​After winter filled with labor disputes and political wrangling nearly left the track with just three days of live racing in 2010, Fairmount Park kicks off the first of 52 days of thoroughbred action this afternoon w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 26, 2010

    Illinois Proposes Law to Prevent Labor Lockouts At Fairmount Park

    Horse racing fans celebrated yesterday like a gambler who just hit the daily double. A last-minute deal was reached to allow Fairmount Park to host 52 days of live racing in 2010, as opposed to the three days the track was stuck with after a prolonged labor dispute.It's not exactly a full schedule ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 25, 2010

    Jackpot! Last Minute Deal Saves Fairmount Park's 2010 Season

    Just got off the phone with Lanny Brooks, director of the Illinois Horseman's Benevolent and Protective Association. He confirmed the early reports that Fairmount Park will indeed host 52 days of horse racing in 2010, a full schedule.Image Via​The announcement was made official at a 1:30 p.m. pres ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 12, 2010

    Deal to Save Fairmount Park Coming Down to the Wire

    Four. That's the number of state union workers at the Fairmount Park racetrack in Collinsville who are at odds with the Illinois Racing Board.Three. That's how many days of racing the track will be limited to in 2010 -- April 27, 30, and May 1 -- if the dispute isn't resolved by February 1.Hundreds. ... More >>

  • News

    December 30, 2009
  • Blogs

    December 22, 2009

    2009 in Review: April

    ​​In 2008, then-Senator Barack Obama fell in love with Pi's pizza during a campaign visit to St. Louis. In April of this year, President Obama invited Pi's Chris Sommers and team to the White House to cook that pizza. Surely, that couldn't annoy anyone, right? Except for the owners of Chicago pi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 17, 2009

    Latin King Gang Member Shot While Tagging Garage Near Fairmount Park

    ​A southwestern Illinois man claims he shot in self defense when a 17-year-old gang-banger attempted to break into the home where he was staying Tuesday night.Law officers, however, tell another story. They say the 38-year-old shooter fired at the teen from a distance of 75 to 100 feet away. And - ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 30, 2009

    Fairmount Park Could Cash $7-Million Ticket Today

    Image via​The owners of Fairmount Park might as well have hit a superfecta, a quadrella, and a pick four in the same afternoon of betting -- the jackpot they're about to cash-in is just that huge.Today, after nearly three years of legal wrangling, the area's only horse track will likely finally re ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 9, 2009

    The Sneak vs. the St. Louis International Film Festival

    ​This weekend, I watched the Breeders' Cup from the hospitable living room of a dear friend, pizza in one hand, PBR in the other, yelling for some very fine horses to beat the spread. That's not particularly sneaky, though sneaking food into horse races is quite enjoyable. The topic of conversati ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 14, 2009

    Latest Panacea for Fairmount Park: Internet Gambling

    ​After trying for years to get slot machines at tracks, the Illinois horse-racing community is hoping the next-best thing will help the troubled industry. Yesterday the Illinois Racing Board legalized online gambling for horse racing. As the Belleville News-Democrat reports this morning, the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 8, 2009

    St. Louis Concert Announcements: Week Of September 8

    ​The Pageant *Trey Songz/Mario, Friday, October 16 *Our Lady Peace, Friday, October 30 *The Swell Season, Friday, December 4 The Gramophone *Serengeti/Polyphonic, Saturday, September 26 *Bawn in the Mash, Saturday, October 3 *Chicago Afrobeat Project, Saturday, October 10

  • Blogs

    August 3, 2009

    The Future of Fairmount Park Looks Like a Long Shot These Days

    Photo: Chad GarrisonOpening Day at Fairmount Park this past April​It's been a rough summer for Fairmount Park, the venerable and decrepit horse track in Illinois. The windfall it expected to receive this summer from a tax on casinos is tied up in appeal. And it's looking as though the track will n ... More >>

  • News

    July 8, 2009
  • News

    June 17, 2009
  • Blogs

    June 9, 2009

    Now That Fairmount Park Is In Line for $7 Million Bailout, Will It Finally Fix Its JumboTron?

    Good news horse-racing fans. Yesterday the U.S. Supreme Court declined to review an appeal filed by four Chicago-area casinos over a special fund established to help horse racing. The fund, passed into law in 2006, required Illinois' four biggest casinos (all located near Chicago) to set aside part ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 29, 2009

    Ten Things to Do Under $10 This Weekend

    After a quick four-day work-week, the weekend's here again. If you spent too much over the last three-day weekend, know that a night at the theater is probably out. So are wine-tastings and fund-raisers. But there are always local concerts, free art gallery openings and at least one food-centric str ... More >>

  • Dining

    May 6, 2009
  • Blogs

    April 27, 2009

    The Sneakfecta: The Sneak Visits Fairmount Park

    Dara Strickland is a leading expert on sneaking food and drink into the movies. She reports on her exploits for Gut Check (from an undisclosed location) every Monday.Show: The Saturday night claiming race at Fairmount Park.Food: Sandwiches: brie, apple and walnut; goat cheese, basil, and tomato. Yea ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 7, 2009

    Horse Hooky Begins Today ... See You at Fairmount Park

    It's that time of the year again. The first day of live racing at Fairmount Park. As of this writing it's 29 minutes to post time. Gotta run...

  • Blogs

    September 1, 2007

    Our Horse, of Course

    An inveterate reader of the small print, Unreal took note yesterday morning that St. Louis Post-Dispatch Thoroughbred handicapper John Scully was touting River Front Times to take Friday night's seventh race at Fairmount Park. "A little excursion to the race track might be just what the doctor orde ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 1, 2007

    Our Horse, of Course

    An inveterate reader of the small print, Unreal took note yesterday morning that St. Louis Post-Dispatch Thoroughbred handicapper John Scully was touting River Front Times to take Friday night's seventh race at Fairmount Park. "A little excursion to the race track might be just what the doctor orde ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 31, 2007

    All Together Now: Assknocker!

    Bob Schneider's in town and Unreal's got our dancing shoes on. But Bob, why the VooDoo Lounge? Blueberry Hill was far more convenient. After the show we could stagger back to the office and sleep it off in the Unreal cubicle. Now we have to drive way the hell out to a casino -- in St. Charles. Tru ... More >>

  • News

    May 2, 2007

    In It to Win It

    Unreal talks ponies with a true racing expert, learns some things about mowing (severed toes are bad) and receives a particularly biting Commontary.

  • News

    March 28, 2007

    Unreal uncovers the secrets of "manly men"!

    Plus, playin' the Name Game and countin' cards. Wouldn't Mom be proud?

  • Calendar

    March 7, 2007
  • Blogs

    March 6, 2007

    How River Front Times Broke His Maiden

    River Front Times: That's a winner, baby! Today was a banner day for River Front Times. Not the newspaper, the horse. Two years ago Unreal asked perennial Fairmount Park force Lou O'Brien how much he'd charge us to rename a horse after our source of income. Replied O'Brien: "$1 million." We talke ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 6, 2007

    How River Front Times Broke His Maiden

    River Front Times: That's a winner, baby! Today was a banner day for River Front Times. Not the newspaper, the horse. Two years ago Unreal asked perennial Fairmount Park force Lou O'Brien how much he'd charge us to rename a horse after our source of income. Replied O'Brien: "$1 million." We talke ... More >>

  • News

    November 9, 2005

    Money Down

    We diversify our investment portfolio (hint: it involves scuba gear!), get metaphysical and bump into one of the strangest Bargain Box items yet. Plus: What's Buggin' Sly Brown?

  • News

    May 11, 2005

    Stoopers

    Unreal stands up for stooping and encounters a local blogger who only has eyes for the Tampon Fairy. Plus, in a shocking move not seen since the Mesozoic era, the Mississippi River leaves St. Louis!

  • Best of St. Louis

    September 29, 2004

    Best Jockey

    Ramsey Zimmerman

  • Best of St. Louis

    September 29, 2004

    Best Bus Route

    Madison County Transit No. 18

  • News

    September 15, 2004

    Shipping Blues

    Fairmount Park's owner can't squander his prize filly's talent on home turf

  • Calendar

    August 18, 2004

    Budweiser/ MDA Poker Classic

    A good time is in the cards

  • News

    May 12, 2004

    Nags to Riches

    A late push for slot machines in Springfield may be Fairmount Park's silver bullet

  • News

    February 18, 2004
  • Music

    September 24, 2003
  • Best of St. Louis

    September 24, 2003

    Best Thoroughbred Trainers

    Ralph and Raul Martinez

  • News

    May 14, 2003

    Party Favor

    Our pick for the best 2004 celebration slogan

  • Calendar

    April 30, 2003

    Painting While Intoxicated

    Plein air party in Augusta

  • News

    April 16, 2003

    Overexposed

    Magazine article shines an unwelcome spotlight on St. Louis' civic squabbles; PLUS: Is this any way to announce a party? Let's have some suggestions!

  • Best of St. Louis

    September 25, 2002
  • Calendar

    May 10, 2000

    A Night at the Races

    The excitement on the track is secondary to the human drama played out in the grandstand at Fairmount Park

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