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HRN Original Blog:
12th Crown
Posted Wednesday, June 12, 2013
After attending the Belmont Stakes last weekend, I completed my journal of handicapping angles to look for on next year's Triple Crown trail.
Posted Thursday, June 06, 2013
Make no mistake, a victory Saturday would resurrect plenty of chatter about Orb being a special horse and certainly clinch the 3YO male division if the trend of recent years Eclipse Award voting continues. Since 1970, only four horses have completed the Derby - Belmont double making it rare air indeed. Riva Ridge accomplished the feat in 1972, then Bold Forbes '76, Swale in '84 and finally Thunder Gulch in 1995.
Posted Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Shortly after D. Wayne Lukas won his first Kentucky Derby with the filly Winning Colors back in 1988, Restless Heart had a top 5 hit on the country music chart called Big Dreams in a Small Town. The lyrics began as follows… “Big dreams in a small town, eighteen and glory bound. Nothing here to tie us down, big dreams in a small town.” This could very well serve as the symbolic theme song for the owner of Will Take Charge – Willis D. Horton.
Posted Wednesday, June 06, 2012
"And the sign says, you gotta have a membership card to get inside." That is exactly what the eleven preceding members of the Triple Crown fraternity are sorting out right about now.
Posted Thursday, May 03, 2012
Creative Cause’s trainer, Mike Harrington - age 71, and owner, Heinz Steinmann - age 80, seek to turn back the clock this Cinco de Mayo, as did Sea Hero’s Derby winning connections back in 1993 (see below).
Posted Monday, April 30, 2012
My Creative Cause for this year's Kentucky Derby contains some international flare.
Posted Friday, April 13, 2012
Welcome to the last Derby dance Saturday! While the Arkansas Derby itself seems to be coming up lighter than in recent years, there are some BIG names running at the "Spa of the South" tomorrow.
Posted Tuesday, April 10, 2012
The Racing Festival of the South was inaugurated in 1974 by Oaklawn Park and owner Charles Cella with a stakes race each day ...
Posted Saturday, March 17, 2012
Travelers to Oaklawn Park for this afternoon's Rebel Stakes are in for quite a treat with a large festive crowd, great horses and even green beer.
Posted Monday, February 20, 2012
After seeing a few of The Southwest contenders stretch their legs over the Oaklawn oval on a picture perfect Hot Springs morning, I have a few observations.
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Meet Eric Kords
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Eric is a historian of thoroughbred racing at Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs, Arkansas and across the country. He has witnessed in person nearly every significant race that has occurred at Oaklawn Park since the mid-1980’s including such recent Eclipse champions as Zenyatta, Rachel Alexandra, Lookin at Lucky, Summer Bird and Curlin, classic performers including Afleet Alex, Smarty Jones, Victory Gallop, Lil’ E Tee, Pine Bluff and Grindstone, top handicap champions Cigar, Lawyer Ron and Best Pal, and finally Distaff champions the likes of Azeri, Bayakoa, Paseana, Escena and Ginger Punch.  
 
Eric has also attended the most historically significant races across the country including the 2010 Breeders' Cup featuring Zenyatta’s epic finale, 2008 Breeders' Cup featuring Curlin’s final race, the Eclipse clinching victory by Rachel Alexandra against the boys in the 2009 Woodward Stakes at Saratoga, 2010 Preakness Stakes won by Eclipse champion Lookin at Lucky, 2004 Belmont Stakes where Smarty Jones was denied the Triple Crown by Birdstone, 1996 Pacific Classic at Del Mar where Cigar’s 16 consecutive win streak ended at the hooves of Dare and Go, Jim Dandy Stakes and Travers Stakes at Saratoga, Fountain of Youth Stakes at Gulfstream Park and Summit of Speed Festival at Calder just to name the most memorable.  Eric now resides in Dallas, TX and counts Oaklawn Park, The Fair Grounds and Lone Star Park as his “home tracks.” He has recently entered the thoroughbred owner ranks with the launch of his Saturday Racing Syndicate.