The Kentucky Derby is a Southern ritual, especially if you're rich. In Kentucky proper, thousands of people will put on their Sunday finest and excessive headware to watch horses run around the track for exactly one and a quarter mile. Seems boring, but I'm pretty much down for any occasion to drink ... More >>
The Aledo High School Bearcats didn't want to score 91 points over Fort Worth Western Hills on Friday night, nor did they intend to hold their opponent completely scoreless. When the team glanced at the scoreboard as time expired and discovered they'd done both those things, he pangs of remorse were ... More >>
Trying to find legitimate record labels in the Dallas/Fort Worth area turned into a quest that crossed the thin barrier of insanity on more than one occasion as more and more record labels fell off our list. Fifty-four or so for the Dallas area alone were the number of record labels listed on the st ... More >>
Wednesday, May 1 This Wednesday, Martin House Brewing Co. of Fort Worth will saunter over to Craft and Growler to introduce its newest brew, Daybreak, a four-grain breakfast beer modeled after cereal finished with a touch of honey. Co-owner David Wedemeier will be there and it's a keep-the-koozie ki ... More >>
Jojo is a new restaurant going in at 2626 Howell St., the space that was most recently Bella. This new spot is the "bébé" of French chef Laurent Poupart, who was born in northeastern France and began his career at the then-three Michelin star restaurant Au Crocodile in Strasbourg. He also trained ... More >>
Tonight, The Ranch at Las Colinas (857 W. John Carpenter Freeway, Irving) and Makers Mark Bourbon will be joining forces and hosting a dip n' sip party. You know, the kind of party where you get tipsy and celebrate your inebriation by dipping random items into a vat of hot wax. Makers Mark w ... More >>
Allen Ginsberg and Michael Minzer during recording sessions in 1987Michael Minzer sent me an email earlier this week containing the good news: His long-in-the-works Hunter S. Thompson record is finished. Finally. This is the one mentioned two years ago in the Evergreen Review piece done on Minzer ... More >>
You know me, the biggest Dirk Nowitzki homer in town. But Rick Carlisle even made me cringe earlier this week by tabbing the Mavs' star as a top 10 NBA player "of all time."Carlisle has been great in these NBA Playoffs. Keeping his Mavericks mentally together after the Game 4 Portland Pratfal ... More >>
Animal Kingdom won the Derby. Animal couplings got a sweet deal at a Dallas Derby fest.And they're off...discriminating against singles again. That's right Park Place Volvo's Day at the Races 2011 charged single people more per ticket than couples. The Lee Park Junior Conservancy hosted the ... More >>
Whether you've reached the end of your rope or merely the end of your week, welcome to Whitt's End:*Mavericks-Lakers and Rangers-Yankees in our town in the same weekend. Delicious. If you had a front-row ticket to just one, which would it be? Are there really semi-sane humans who'd choose ... More >>
Edgefest 2010Pizza Hut Park in FriscoMay 1, 2010Better than: watching the Kentucky Derby, although probably not if you were doing so from Churchill Downs' infield--because that's a party, folks.Phoenix headlined Edgefest's smaller stage on Saturday.Believe it or not, there was music at Pizza Hut ... More >>
The crack of the bat. Allergies. Longer days. Bluebonnets. And, ah yes, the trumpet. Spring has definitely sprung. Tonight in Grand Prairie Lone Star Park kicks off another horse racing season with its $50,000 Premiere Stakes. The 6:30 post time will officially begin the track's 65-date seas ... More >>
Bart Forbes doesn't recall the painting of his currently up for grabs on eBay; "boy, this is old," says the Dallas-based illustrator when reached by Unfair Park for a little backstory. Course, he's done plenty of pieces since the 1970s -- everything from stamps for the U.S. Postal Service to Kentuck ... More >>
Danny Bollinger Dirk Nowitzki has a case of the old-school Bird Flu. Certain that my prediction of Thuggets in 5 is spot on, my head is bursting with pride. But desperately wanting my Mavericks to pull the upset, my heart is breaking with pain. Before tonight's pivotal Game 2 at De ... More >>
Few bartenders know how to make a decent mint julep and few people order the bourbon cocktail. There must be a connection.But which came first? It's a perfect cooler for blazing summer days (which seem unlikely to arrive anytime soon)--icy fresh, with a wicked punch--and one closely tied to the Amer ... More >>
Even these dark, ominous skies looming all around us, don't make it less true: today is May 1, and summer's right around the corner. That means patios, pools and mint juleps (or Cheladas) -- and another week of highlights from City of Ate.The Week in Review(s):Your own Dallas Observer: A few trips t ... More >>
Even back in '05 we knew he could hit. But like this?Last night was one of those nights. In a season of 82 Mavericks' games and 162 Rangers' games, we'll remember April 15. For it was last magical night that we were treated to two - almost simultaneous - rare individual athleti ... More >>
Lone Star Park kicks off another season
Putting down galliant fillies like Eight Belles is only one of horse racing's serious problems Tomorrow, Lone Star Park holds one of its biggest days of the year, and after a disastrous and embarrassing Kentucky Derby, horse racing could use some good news. Maybe that’s why Lone Star Park is t ... More >>
Why was Big Brown so happy after winning the Kentucky Derby?
While most of you were sleeping, this guy scored. Exciting. Excruciating. Exhausting. … Exalting. In an epic hockey game that climaxed a fantastic series and prompted lots of bleary eyes, Brenden Morrow scored in the fourth overtime — at 1:23 a.m. thank you very much — to ... More >>
Hate to be the continual bearer of bad news regarding horse racing, a sport I truly do love and grew up around, so consider this a public service announcement to all you degenerate gamblers out there: Jockey Roman Chapa, who has been one of the top 10 riders at Lone Star Park since 2000, has been su ... More >>
Is Steve Asmussen the greatest racehorse trainer in America, or is he a cheater?
Sports Illustrated's Rick Reilly goes Troutt fishing in this week's issue. Last summer came word that local billionaire Kenny Troutt was spending a small chunk of his estimable fortune to bankroll two youth AAU basketball teams, both called the Texas Titans. (One's made up of third-graders; the othe ... More >>
Cue the twinkling piano, usher in Jim Nantz's hushed, reverent tones and get PETA on speed dial, because I'm about to beat a dead horse. While Sammy Sosa and Mike Singletary are coming to town, Barbaro is gone. The tributes, of course, are pouring in. During the eight months the Kentucky Derby winne ... More >>
Let me solve one mystery right upfront. During the two hours of Cavalia's Cirque du Soleil-inspired spectacle combining horses, riders, acrobats and aerialists, not a single animal was seen to relieve itself. Forty-seven horses, most of which had a part in last night's show: Not a dribble, not a tur ... More >>
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Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships
The unlikely story of the greatest Texas athlete you've never heard of
PDNB Gallery gives a left hook with The Best of Neil Leifer
Marlon St. Julien regains his winning form at Lone Star Park
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Dented reputation; Please, stop calling. Please; Dot-dot-dot stuff
Snap, crackle, pop! It's the 4th.
Scandal taints the career of another Dallas athlete -- this time it's a horse, not a Cowboy
Michelle Mullins trains winning horses. Oh, yeah--and she's a woman.
Marlon St. Julien has beaten the odds at Lone Star Park. Now he's got the inside track to bigger things.
Grand Prairie's horseless Lone Star Park offers the seedy side of the sport of kings
Fog City Diner endures a few rocky opening weeks, but promises great things to come
The Hungry Jockey--a North Dallas institution--fades in the stretch