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by Rick1323
Wed Sep 04, 2019 1:00 pm
Forum: Racing
Topic: Saratoga 2019
Replies: 42
Views: 2779

Re: Saratoga 2019

I toured it one morning and was impressed with both the architecture and interior finishes. Quite the alternative from the pre-historic state of the main grandstand. One concern I had was efficiency of betting, as it seemed to lack SAM terminals and spots for tellers. Any issues getting your wagers...
by Rick1323
Sun Aug 04, 2019 8:46 pm
Forum: Racing
Topic: Saratoga 2019
Replies: 42
Views: 2779

Re: Saratoga 2019

Rock and roll, Rick. Racing is alive and well at the Spa, that's for sure. I echo the sentiment on the heat wave situation and I also agree on the new schedule. The price hike was one reason I got a picnic table this year. We did the 4 star Dave this year. I walk out to watch the races, unless it i...
by Rick1323
Sun Aug 04, 2019 1:59 pm
Forum: Racing
Topic: Saratoga 2019
Replies: 42
Views: 2779

Re: Saratoga 2019

I have been up here for much of the meet this year, so I will make a few comments from my personal perspective. The Saturday cancelation was a good call. The humidity is what may have killed a horse or two. I went on Sunday, IMO that should have been canceled as well. There are a ton of scratches ev...
by Rick1323
Tue Jun 04, 2019 10:03 am
Forum: Racing
Topic: Santa Anita 2019
Replies: 892
Views: 52966

Re: Santa Anita 2019

I don't follow racing like I used to, but it is the TC season, and Finger Lakes is open, so I want to add my 2 cents as someone who was around in the pre Lasix days. It wasn't pretty, especially on hot summer days. At a low end track like FL, many horses were here because they were bleeders. Trainer...
by Rick1323
Mon Mar 18, 2019 2:13 pm
Forum: Racing
Topic: Santa Anita 2019
Replies: 892
Views: 52966

Re: Santa Anita 2019

for those of us who remember the pre Lasix days, this will be difficult at best, especially in hot weather. it will mean some horses can only run a very limited schedule, and some wont be able to run at all. in any case, it will hurt field size, something they can ill afford.......
by Rick1323
Tue Jan 15, 2019 10:12 pm
Forum: Racing
Topic: 2019 derby prep races.
Replies: 75
Views: 7686

Re: 2019 derby prep races.

Somnambulist wrote:
Wed Jan 09, 2019 10:34 pm
There just aren't many races that I have witnessed the rise and fall of in my life. After 20 years of following this game am I finally a veteran?
I have to remind myself that you are no longer that horse cray kid. I think by now you have torn up enough tickets to be considered a veteran.
by Rick1323
Sat Dec 29, 2018 10:32 pm
Forum: Racing
Topic: Ken Ramsey
Replies: 30
Views: 3842

Re: Ken Ramsey

Con men come in all shapes, sizes and ages. But he has been good for the game and I wish him well......
by Rick1323
Thu Dec 20, 2018 10:35 pm
Forum: Racing
Topic: What if we had a National Racing Czar?
Replies: 58
Views: 9661

Re: What if we had a National Racing Czar?

It is post time and the horses are a quarter miles from the gate, in Florida make that a half mile. The serious betting has just begun, the 4-1 odds you thought you were getting just dropped to even money. Maybe 5 minutes after post time they load. Horses go off and half way through the race you se...
by Rick1323
Thu Dec 20, 2018 10:31 pm
Forum: Racing
Topic: 2019 Graded Stakes
Replies: 24
Views: 3969

Re: 2019 Graded Stakes

If race tracks would establish some solid criteria for entry into Grade 1 races, they would be naturally reduced to realistic levels. But fans hate 3 or 4 horse fields. So they round them out with horses off minor stakes, or even allowance wins. When you cheapen your criteria, you cheapen the sport.
by Rick1323
Thu Dec 20, 2018 10:25 pm
Forum: Racing
Topic: What if we had a National Racing Czar?
Replies: 58
Views: 9661

Re: What if we had a National Racing Czar?

It is post time and the horses are a quarter miles from the gate, in Florida make that a half mile. The serious betting has just begun, the 4-1 odds you thought you were getting just dropped to even money. Maybe 5 minutes after post time they load. Horses go off and half way through the race you se...
by Rick1323
Thu Dec 20, 2018 10:21 pm
Forum: Racing
Topic: Accelerate vs Justify HOTY
Replies: 219
Views: 35721

Re: Accelerate vs Justify HOTY

I argued this earlier in the thread, a few weeks ago. There are ample opportunities for connections to select where and when a horse runs to maximilze his Gr1 win chances. That flexibility doesn't exist for a Triple Crown, and thus it will always be the most difficult of challenges. A curse and a b...
by Rick1323
Wed Dec 19, 2018 10:50 pm
Forum: Racing
Topic: What if we had a National Racing Czar?
Replies: 58
Views: 9661

Re: What if we had a National Racing Czar?

It is post time and the horses are a quarter miles from the gate, in Florida make that a half mile. The serious betting has just begun, the 4-1 odds you thought you were getting just dropped to even money. Maybe 5 minutes after post time they load. Horses go off and half way through the race you see...
by Rick1323
Wed Dec 19, 2018 10:33 pm
Forum: Racing
Topic: Accelerate vs Justify HOTY
Replies: 219
Views: 35721

Re: Accelerate vs Justify HOTY

"There’s no timetable you can employ at will. The Triple Crown dates are set in stone, three races in a five weeks, period. You can’t pick and choose." Bob Baffert makes a point. You can't pick and choose. [snip] I argued this earlier in the thread, a few weeks ago. There are ample opportunities fo...
by Rick1323
Tue Dec 18, 2018 10:06 pm
Forum: Racing
Topic: Santa Anita 2019
Replies: 892
Views: 52966

Re: Santa Anita 2019

They need to fill some gates. I hope this helps.....
by Rick1323
Mon Dec 17, 2018 8:58 pm
Forum: Racing
Topic: Accelerate vs Justify HOTY
Replies: 219
Views: 35721

Re: Accelerate vs Justify HOTY

On a related note, this weeks Sports Illustrated has a story on Justify. A well written piece that covers his 112 day career. It should have been titled "Home run hitters get all the chicks"......
by Rick1323
Sun Dec 16, 2018 10:23 pm
Forum: Racing
Topic: Accelerate vs Justify HOTY
Replies: 219
Views: 35721

Re: Accelerate vs Justify HOTY

https://www.horseracingnation.com/news/No_debate_here_Justify_lands_spot_on_ESPNs_Dominant_20_list_123# Justify lands on ESPN's dominant 20 list-- Accelerate ain't there Point being: the triple crown is a very big deal When it comes to horse racing, ESPN reminds me of my local newspaper. They look ...
by Rick1323
Thu Dec 06, 2018 11:38 am
Forum: Racing
Topic: Accelerate vs Justify HOTY
Replies: 219
Views: 35721

Re: Accelerate vs Justify HOTY

sorry that is just so much speculation. in any horse racing season a horse runs against the horses who show up. He won the triple crown- please tell me who the hell Seattle Slew beat in the triple crown races? Sanhedrin? I love Seattle Slew and he is a great horse and he is a great horse in great p...
by Rick1323
Wed Dec 05, 2018 8:11 pm
Forum: Racing
Topic: Accelerate vs Justify HOTY
Replies: 219
Views: 35721

Re: Accelerate vs Justify HOTY

And I still maintain that he would not have won any recent Preaknesses with that performance. The Belmont and Derby are substantially more arguable; I certainly think he would have won all or most of the second-tier Belmonts (i.e. years besides 2015, 2007, and 2005) with that same trip. Probably a ...
by Rick1323
Fri Nov 30, 2018 6:09 pm
Forum: Racing
Topic: Saratoga Good Idea!?
Replies: 11
Views: 2111

Re: Saratoga Good Idea!?

thinair wrote:
Thu Nov 29, 2018 7:27 pm
Rick1323 wrote:
Thu Nov 29, 2018 7:21 pm
I hope this is a one year exception to allow the hockey rink to be built. While Mondays are quiet, it is the one day of the week that allows leisurely activities like multiple trips to the paddock, or a trip to the rail to watch a race.
It was an inaccurate report regardless.
Thanks
by Rick1323
Thu Nov 29, 2018 7:21 pm
Forum: Racing
Topic: Saratoga Good Idea!?
Replies: 11
Views: 2111

Re: Saratoga Good Idea!?

I hope this is a one year exception to allow the hockey rink to be built. While Mondays are quiet, it is the one day of the week that allows leisurely activities like multiple trips to the paddock, or a trip to the rail to watch a race.