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Famous Name Brands
Wed., June 13 - Sat., June 16
Manufacturers Suggested Retail
$80-$ 120 and up
A watch is a gift that any father would cherish,
and during this special purchase sale, hundreds of
brand name watches will be offered for one low
price. But Dad isn't the only one that should
benefit from this incredible sale. Pick one for
Mom or your favorite brother or sister. Give
yourself a gift of a dressy and a casual watch.
Choose from day date, diamond, nurse-sweep
second, analog quartz, sports, fashion and dress
styles. All are gift boxed and fully warranteed by
the manufacturer. Shop early for the best
selection and buy enough for gift giving the year
through. Styles and brands may vary. Accessories
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Not: This story contains the opinions of the
Pack your bags, we're taking at trip.
Until August 25, the ponies will be running at
Ak-Sar-Ben. For those empty days of summer, the
horse races provide a fulfilling and relaxing way to
spend some time and extra cash. And for a com
paratively low price, there aren't many better enter
tainment bargains around.
Tuesday through Saturday $2 will buy admission
to the grandstands. For a little more, $6, you can get
into the clubhouse and enjoy the comfort of air
conditioning and refreshments. If you have three
friends with you, $6 more will reserve you a turf
But to be where the real action is, the grandstand
is the place to be. The people are always near and
noisy, the track is only yards from you, and the
familiar aroma of adrenaline is dense in the air.
Last year the daily average parimutual funds (the
total amount wagered) ran $1,612,152. The totals
for the year at Ak-Sar-Ben are even more impressive
at $137,032,883. But don't let that scare you away.
Betting starts at $2 a ticket, a small price to pay for
the excitement exclusive to the races.
The hour-drive torn Lincoln passes quickly even
though conversation usually is stifled by anticipa
tion. From the minute you enter the grandstands
your heart beats to the rhythm of the ponies' hooves.
After settling into the pattern of reading the odds
board and watching the clock, you notice that every
one has that same dazed look on their faces. It
comes from your soul, mingling with the spirit of an
animal let loose to challenge itself with the odds.
Even if your horse is dead last, there is a chant in
your heart echoing all the way up to your head,
escaping through your mouth, "Come on Magic Dee,
let's go Magic, come on Magic!" A little prayer never
hurts even if your horse finishes ninth in a field of 1 2.
When the race is "official," there is never time to sulk,
(except in the last race). Time spent looking other
places than the program or the odds board is time
The chance that you will win a big pay off is slim
but it is always there, and hope never leaves. In a $2
pic-six bet (choosing the winner -of the first six
races) a lucky handicapper (that's what you call
yourself after you win your first race) won $225,000.
The highest $2 return on a regular race was $307.
The record return for a daily double (picking the
winner of the first two races of the day) was $4,897.
And the highest payoff for an exacta (picking the
win and place horses in an exacta race) in Ak-Sar-Ben
history was $3,483.
You always think of the possibility of a record
payoff when the public address system informs you
that your horse is moving out of the fifth position on
the inside track.
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"And around the turn it's George .And I running
nose and nose with Tight System. Then it's Peggy
Pitso back by a half a length and Miss Double Dancer
following. Coming into the stretch it's George And I
but Tanna Hill is making a move on the outside."
Your chant becomes a shout and then a scream as
Tanna passes George And I with Peggy Pitso and
Tight System right on her tail. Unconciously you
move to the fence where your body is restrained, but
your spirit jumps on the spurs and you're the rider.
"It's Peggy Pitso by a nose, Peggy Pitso, now Tight
System moves up by a head but Tanna Hill is finish
ing strong." Hey that's me. "Now it's Tanna Hill by a
head " your sprinting faster than your heart now
which is exploding. "And it's Tanna Hill with Tight
System and Peggy Pitso with a photo finish for
A split second passes when you hear nothing.
Then you turn and look into the large eyes of a
stranger that has bet on the same horse. Imme
diately they're your best friend you celebrate as oth
ers throw they're tickets into the air. You restrain
the urge to run and cash in your ticket because
experts cash their tickets when they place their
next bet. -
After your first win ticket is cashed and the odds
board promises to enhance your winnings tenfold,
your chance and screams take on a more profes
Win, break even, or lose, you leave the Ak-Sar-Ben
track, one of the top 10 tracks in the nation, know
ing that you have accomplished something. A large
sun is setting on the horizon as you stop at "U Save
Two Cents" and bet on K So Bud in the tenth. You
and new found or old friends stay up for hours and
reminisce of the day's excitement
After Ak-Sar-Ben finishes its 85-day extended
season, the ponies will run at the State Fair Grounds
in Lincoln. The season here in Lincoln begins Sep
temeber 14 and ends October 12. See you at the
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