2 p.m., 7 p.m., Alltel Arena. $24.25-$31.25.
Even though the horses are out of the gate at Oaklawn, expect plenty of equine lovers to turn out for the annual return of the World Famous Lippizzaner Stallions. From highly-controlled, stylized jumps to other movements known as the “airs above the ground,” their liveliness and grace promise to astound. The Lipizzan breed dates back to the 16th century, when it was developed with the support of the Hapsurg nobility, and the ancestors of the Lipizzan can be traced to approximately A.D. 800. By the 16th century, when the Hapsburgs ruled both Spain and Austria, a powerful but agile horse was desired for both military use and for use in the fashionable and rapidly-growing riding schools for the nobility of central Europe. Today, the principles taught at the Spanish Riding School are based on practices taught to calvary riders to prepare their horses for warfare. Horse lovers will certainly want take advantage of the opportunity to witness this rare and valuable breed when the stallions perform at Alltel Arena.