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Try as we might, your correspondents here at Night & Day Global Industries can't possibly get out to each and every event we trumpet. So you might not see us tonight at the inaugural 2007 installment of Party at the Park at Fairmount Park (9301 Collinsville Road, Collinsville, Illinois; www.fairmountpark.com or 314-436-1516).

Rest assured, though, that our fellow horse-playing devotees will spot us plenty of times during this year's meet, which opened earlier this week and continues through September.

No, we're not the ones who bring a lawn chair and oversize birding binoculars and go through seventeen tipsheets and two packs of Kents.

That's our mom.

But we're sure to be on hand to simulcast-bet the Triple Crown in May and June. And you'll see us plenty on Fairmount's irresistible Horse Hooky Tuesdays, which feature reduced admission, hot dog and beer prices. We damn well were there for the grand opening earlier this week, when our paper's namesake, River Front Times, went off as a lukewarm 9 to 5 favorite in his thirteenth try at breaking his maiden. Homeboy did it this time, by a neck!

Doors open for tonight's party at 6 p.m.; fork over $10, and you'll have plenty of time to avail yourself of the $1 longnecks, the all-you-can-eat buffet and the live music (courtesy of cover band Ben Wah Bob) before the first of ten races goes off at 7:30 p.m.

Say hi to Mom for us.
Fri., March 9

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