Playin' the ponies 

11 a.m., Oaklawn. $2.

The ground, frozen overnight, will be crunchy. If the forecast holds up, by the first post time, at 1 p.m., the sun will be shining and the wind will be brisk. The horses are bound to be frisky. How can you not call in sick to work? It's opening day! As tradition dictates, thick, mouth-watering corned beef sandwiches go for throwback prices — 50 cents — while you'll be able to get a Coke for a measly dime. Sadly, beer prices don't get thrown-back. Calvin Borel, the 2007 Kentucky Derby winning jockey, will head the jockey colony. If you win, stick around. Martin Luther King Jr. Day, on Monday, is Smarty Jones bobble horse day.

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