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I have history with the Southwest Stakes. I remember in 2009 when Old Fashioned won. I had singled Old Fashioned in the third leg of the Pick 4, and had survived the first two legs with some good-priced winners. After Old Fashioned came home an easy winner in the Southwest, my dad high fived me and said, “who do you have in the last leg?”

“All of ’em,” I replied.

“What do you mean all of ’em?” he asked.

“I got all of ’em. I got every damn horse.”

On Monday, Oaklawn Park presents a special holiday race card for Presidents Day. Here are eight things you should know about this blockbuster day of racing.

1. Presidents Day is Oaklawn’s third most attended race card, behind Arkansas Derby day and Rebel Stakes day. The past five years, the track has welcomed an average of more than 25,000 people for the holiday card.

Tired of sending roses for Valentine’s Day? Is the dinner-and-a-movie combination stale? Do you long for an outing with endless opportunities for fresh conversation and interesting people watching? Head to the racetrack, because horse racing is for lovers.

My husband and I went to Oaklawn Park for our third date. We were already smitten with each other, but as we watched the horses race around the oval, I became even more enchanted with him and the sport.

Breeders’ Cup officials have announced that tickets for the 34th running of the World Championships will go on sale to the public beginning Monday, March 6. The 2017 renewal, scheduled for Nov. 3-4, will be the first Breeders’ Cup held at picturesque Del Mar racetrack in Del Mar, Calif., 20 miles north of San Diego.

Tampa Bay Downs is a place that’s very close to my heart: I worked there before starting my job with America’s Best Racing, and it was an incredibly happy time in my life.

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