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Wally Hall

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Like It Is: Justify truly in horse racing's spotlight

posted: 05/22/2018 2:03 a.m. Discuss

Watching Saturday's Preakness was like watching the 2004 Belmont Stakes, but instead of Eddington, with Jerry Bailey riding, and Rock Hard Ten, ridden by Alex Solis, not allowing the favorite, Smarty Jones, to relax it was Good Magic forcing Justify to keep a strong pace.

Like it is: Justify responds when buttons pushed

posted: 05/20/2018 3:02 a.m. Discuss

Bob Baffert was confident to the point of being smug, but that's usual on any day that ends in Y.

Like it is: Compromise great for all of Arkansas

posted: 05/18/2018 4:30 a.m. Comments 6

With a new logo in the background, and just feet away from a memorial saluting every Arkansan who has won the Medal of Honor, a compromise was announced.

Like it is: No need to overthink it: Justify's the pick

posted: 05/17/2018 2:37 a.m. Discuss

There is absolutely no reason to believe anyone other than Justify will win the Preakness, and that he will go into the Belmont as the overwhelming favorite to become the second horse this decade to win the Triple Crown.

Like it is: WALLY HALL: Temper excitement a bit for betting parlays

posted: 05/16/2018 4:30 a.m. Comments 2

Years and years ago a roommate named Charlie had a penchant for betting on games. Said it made them more interesting.

Like it is: Johnson, love of Boston drive rooting interests

posted: 05/15/2018 4:30 a.m. Discuss

There are people, good people, who love the NBA. They prefer it over the alleged amateurs who play college basketball.

Like it is: WALLY HALL: Mom's a blessing, even in face of Alzheimer's

posted: 05/13/2018 4:30 a.m. Comments 4

At first, mom fought it.

Like it is: WALLY HALL: Golfer Duke heeds when Arkansas calls

posted: 05/10/2018 2:28 a.m. Comment 1

Ken Duke is a great golfer, but he's a greater Arkansan.

Like It Is: Diverse board's impactful decision coming

posted: 05/09/2018 2:18 a.m. Comments 16

In two weeks the UA board of trustees will meet with an agenda that includes a gag order for themselves and probably the future of games in Little Rock.

Like it is: WALLY HALL: Too early to crown impressive Justify

posted: 05/08/2018 2:06 a.m. Discuss

Every year, because of the big fields, horses run into trouble in the Kentucky Derby. Always.

Like it is: Track a mess, but Justify comes out clean

posted: 05/06/2018 2:50 a.m. Comments 2

Saturday was America's day to basically celebrate the margarita. Cinco de Mayo, the fifth of May, is a minor holiday in Mexico, but in the USA it is the day to celebrate everything about Mexican restaurants, especially the limey drink.

Like it is: WALLY HALL: Latest 'Arkie' a solid bet at Kentucky Derby

posted: 05/03/2018 4:30 a.m. Discuss

It was 2004 and the Cella family was in a box at Churchill Downs waiting to see if history would be made.

Like it is: Arkansas lost a great writer, human being

posted: 05/02/2018 2:29 a.m. Discuss

David McCollum would have been embarrassed.

Like It Is: Draft proves SEC still at top of its game

posted: 05/01/2018 2:08 a.m. Discuss

Looking at the 2018 NFL Draft and the league that for the 12th consecutive year had the most players drafted – the SEC.

Like it is: Study a good step in battling NCAA fraud

posted: 04/29/2018 2:46 a.m. Discuss

Last week there were ripples across the landscape of college basketball when the Commission on College Basketball revealed findings of its six-month study and laid it at the feet of the NCAA to wake up and take control of one of its sports.

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