You can bet local dentist RAY NIKODEM will be watching the track this weekend: He’s part-owner of MUCHO MACHO MAN, the 3-year-old colt who finished third in this month’s Kentucky Derby. The horse is a favorite for The Preakness this weekend, as well as The Belmont on June 11. Nikodem, who has been in thoroughbred racing for seven years, also owned a Derby horse in 2006 (Flashy Bull, who placed 14th). Nikodem and his wife LISA live in Chesterfield.

    Kudos to the MICDS Mock Trial Team for its second-place finish at the National Championships in Phoenix, Ariz., the highest finish ever for the state of Missouri! A senior on the MICDS team, CAROLINE ROUSE, also went home with an outstanding attorney award.

    There’ll be a grand party in Kirkwood next month to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT House as a house museum, as well as commemorate the iconic architect’s 144th birthday. The June 5 fete will include a special concert featuring singer ERIN BODE and St. Louis Symphony concertmaster DAVID HALEN. Tours of the Ebsworth Park home and the debut of an exhibition of architectural miniature buildings from private collections are also planned. For more information, visit

    The 1,000-pound Uzumaki Curve now calls Carondelet Plaza in downtown Clayton home. The bronze sculpture, by internationally acclaimed Seattle artist GERARD TSUTAKAWA, is the first of its kind in the Midwest. The artwork, representing a theme of naturally spiraling curves, is a gift to the neighborhood from MK&C Crescent, builders of The Crescent in Clayton.

    If your little ones can’t get enough of baseball, check out a new Cardinals-inspired children’s book by local couple, writer ERIN CALLIER and watercolor artist DAN McCARTHY. Their first collaboration, A Cardinal’s First Game, features the tale of young Louie the cardinal bird’s first Major League game at Busch Stadium.

    Two of our town’s marketing mavens are writing a book to follow in the footsteps of their humorous blog, Quirk Out: Crazy Things Women Do to Stay Sane. The Touhill Performing Arts Center’s CARY GOLDWASSER and Regional Arts Commission’s DIANE KLINE have signed with Dystel & Goderich, the literary agency who represented PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA for his book, Dreams from My Father. We’re told that Goldwasser and Kline got together over salads and French fries and compared notes on their behaviors, and realized that women have many quirky coping strategies that are as funny as they are efficient. For their book, they’d like to hear from others about their quirks. For more information, visit quirkout.comLN