April 14, 2007
There’s a big race down in Dallas.
Don’t you wish that you were there?
You can bet your bottom dollar
On that iron grey mare.
Won’t you bet on Stewball? – She might win, win, win.
Bet on Stewball – She might win.
There weren’t any big races in Dallas on Saturday; just a starter handicap, a couple allowances and a bunch of maiden and claiming races. Elsewhere, there was the Arkansas Derby, but that was in Hot Springs.
The big feature at Lone Star Park was the Robert Earl Keen show after the day’s race program.
Over the last twenty or so years, Robert Earl Keen has become the quintessential Texas singer songwriter. He’s honed his ability to weave a quirky story with familiar oddball characters and put it to a catchy tune that frequently manages to work its way into the state’s larger musical tapestry.
Think “The Road Goes On Forever” or “Merry Christmas From The Family”. They’re both practically anthems in these parts. And they both also feature a certain kind of Texas-centric atmosphere that he’s made into a trademark of sorts.