Subject:

Lou O'Brien

  • 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 >>

  • Blogs

    May 1, 2009

    RFT's Namesake Horse Sighted Just in Time for the Kentucky Derby

    In two days, the cream of the three-year-old Thoroughbred crop will contest the 135th Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs in Louisville.But let's go back a week or so, to another race, in another city...Sunday, April 26. Fonner Park race course in Grand Island, Nebraska. Seventh race; distance 1 mile. ... 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

    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 >>

  • News

    April 25, 2007

    River Front Times Wins Again!

    (The horse, not the paper.)

  • Blogs

    April 18, 2007

    River Front Times Wins Again!

    After a disappointing second-place finish on a sloppy track on March 31, Unreal's (vicariously, anyhow) Thoroughbred, River Front Times, won a six-furlong race in the slop at Fairmount Park this past Saturday night under jockey Camilo Pitty. Unreal, who'd cheered on RFT to his maiden win at Fairmou ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 18, 2007

    River Front Times Wins Again!

    After a disappointing second-place finish on a sloppy track on March 31, Unreal's (vicariously, anyhow) Thoroughbred, River Front Times, won a six-furlong race in the slop at Fairmount Park this past Saturday night under jockey Camilo Pitty. Unreal, who'd cheered on RFT to his maiden win at Fairmou ... More >>

  • News

    March 14, 2007

    On a Horse and a Prayer

    Unreal prays, then bets it all on our namesake equine. Then, we get schooled in vocab by a fifteen-year-old.

  • 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 >>

  • Best of St. Louis

    September 29, 2004

    Best Jockey

    Ramsey Zimmerman

  • News

    April 28, 2004

    Where's Florissant?

    Some Lou denizens feel dissed by Miss USA (but Unreal still loves her!), a Pattonville student is treated criminally, and an 84-year-old grandma praises the Rams in song; plus, we clock local athletes on our gaydar

  • News

    June 4, 2003

    One-Track Mind

    On top of old Fairmount: Collinsville's humble racecourse is home to one of the nation's winningest Thoroughbred owners

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