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Author Topic: AP today (Wednesday) - far from the maddening crowd  (Read 3631 times)
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« on: June 20, 2007, 05:47:06 PM »

I spent a rare weekday at AP today on its first Wednesday program of the meet. The weather was outstanding and there was a decent crowd - certainly not like Father's Day but not a ghost town either. Plenty of free seats available upstairs and no long lines for those spensive beers and foodcourt. Better yet, the fields were solid and there were a few turf races to boot.

What I really like is despite going to 5 days of live racing, AP is carding 10 races on Fri, Sat and Sun and the entries are solid. For you turfers - tomorrow has 3, Fri has 2, and Sun has 4.

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« Reply #1 on: June 20, 2007, 06:09:25 PM »

Thanks for the report Pete. Past years Wednesdays and Thursdays were ghost towns. Sounds like the good buzz of the meet is carrying though to weekdays. Amazing what can happen when you start offering full fields, for whatever reason. AND THEY DID IT WITHOUT SLOTS!
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« Reply #2 on: June 20, 2007, 06:37:33 PM »

Plus 8 times your points on the Twin Spires Card!!!

I rejoined Twin Spires just because of the 8 times points on Wednesdays!

Let's face it, though. This was not a great card. However, I did hit 3 bets out of 7 plus a photo that I lost. A great day.

Also, it seems to be non smoking on the whole first floor!

And I think they actually moved some picnickers from under the overhang! Wow.

And I think you can sit at that nifty Terrace Cafe deal and not buy anything - I'm not even sure it was open, but a lot of people were sitting there without buying anything. Nice leather padded chairs (OK, maybe it wasn't real leather - pleather, maybe)

/Nobody chanted "Moon, Moon, Moon" in the paddock, though. Sad
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« Reply #3 on: June 20, 2007, 06:42:08 PM »

Plus OTABEK UMAROV!!! WHOA! An Uzbek jockey. Man, that's something. I'll bet he was disheartened when he saw how tall the horses are in the US. Those short little Mongol ponies they ride in Uzbekistan are nothing compared to thoroughbreds.

maroon

pj, man, oh, man, I can't believe you did a report on Arlington today and didn't include OTABEK!!!

We need to learn an Uzbek chant.
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« Reply #4 on: June 20, 2007, 06:44:29 PM »

Some big bettor at out OTB told me to never use those cards. (Twin Spires which were something else before?)

He said it was not smart because of government tracking or some crazy thing like that.  (he's a dentist so I don't know what he knows about it) 

Anyone have an idea?
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« Reply #5 on: June 20, 2007, 06:50:28 PM »

8 TIMES POINTS, pamwaggy!!!

How can you NOT use that card. If you bet $130 today, you would have 1040 points and a free admission is 1000 points, and admission costs $5. Woo+! Free admission!

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« Reply #6 on: June 20, 2007, 06:55:01 PM »

Hey PJ. I've got a day off and am planning to get out to AP tomorrow. How about some picks for Thursday. I like what you did last week. Also where are the free seats upstairs?

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« Reply #7 on: June 20, 2007, 06:56:45 PM »

8 TIMES POINTS, pamwaggy!!!

How can you NOT use that card.

John Frank told us a couple years back Arlington would narc you to the IRS.
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« Reply #8 on: June 20, 2007, 07:00:11 PM »

John Frank told us a couple years back Arlington would narc you to the IRS.

Well, since I bet almost exclusively win bets, a horse would have to be 300/1 before I had a signer.

maroon

/It could happen.
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« Reply #9 on: June 20, 2007, 07:00:40 PM »

Sundevil,
   Most of the non box seats are "free" on the weekdays (no ushers will move you out of them). I sat in first row second floor seats directly across from the jumbotron with no problems.

   I'm "working" on tomorrow's card and will post some suggestions - no warranties, but I'm having a pretty good meet so far. Good luck.

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« Reply #10 on: June 20, 2007, 07:02:20 PM »

John Frank told us a couple years back Arlington would narc you to the IRS.

Ah yes, the epitome of reality and factual statements.

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« Reply #11 on: June 20, 2007, 07:05:30 PM »

Thanks for the report Pete. Past years Wednesdays and Thursdays were ghost towns. Sounds like the good buzz of the meet is carrying though to weekdays. Amazing what can happen when you start offering full fields, for whatever reason. AND THEY DID IT WITHOUT SLOTS!

T, this is one subject that you and I are in full agreement - no slots at the tracks. Any "relief" should go entirely into purses and the breeding program. Throw in ADW and the tracks can make out fine.

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« Reply #12 on: June 20, 2007, 07:07:03 PM »

T, this is one subject that you and I are in full agreement - no slots at the tracks. Any "relief" should go entirely into purses and the breeding program. Throw in ADW and the tracks can make out fine.

Agreed we are on that, Pete. "Relief" to purses.
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« Reply #13 on: June 20, 2007, 07:07:42 PM »

Also, I went to AP with $100 and came out of AP with way over $200.

/I love horse racing.

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« Reply #14 on: June 20, 2007, 07:12:30 PM »

Where do I get a Twinn Spires card? Is it free?

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« Reply #15 on: June 20, 2007, 07:13:53 PM »

Nice job Moon. Who do you like tomorrow?

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« Reply #16 on: June 20, 2007, 07:17:42 PM »

Nobody! I'm going to watch the US play Canada in the CONCACAF championship round at Soldier Field!

/International soccer PLUS BEER! Awesome.

/Also, I can walk home without crossing any streets other than Division at the inner Drive, so I can get really, really drunk.

/Plus, I have to do my semi-annual laundry tomorrow. Sad, but true.
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« Reply #17 on: June 20, 2007, 07:20:24 PM »

Twin Spires card is free- Go to the 2nd floor right behind the Grand Staircase
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« Reply #18 on: June 20, 2007, 07:25:17 PM »

8 TIMES POINTS, pamwaggy!!!

How can you NOT use that card. If you bet $130 today, you would have 1040 points and a free admission is 1000 points, and admission costs $5. Woo+! Free admission!

maroon

It's 1500 points now.They jacked it up 50%.
Better bet more next trip  Cheesy
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« Reply #19 on: June 20, 2007, 07:31:41 PM »

It's 1500 points now.They jacked it up 50%.
Better bet more next trip  Cheesy

Dammit!
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« Reply #20 on: June 20, 2007, 07:32:26 PM »

Just looked at todays handle--1st open Wednesday- no promotion- no senior day- Total handle 3,677,000----over 330,000 live-- not too shabby-- only nine races
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« Reply #21 on: June 20, 2007, 07:33:22 PM »

A $9.25 Tuna Sandwich will cost you 6000 points
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« Reply #22 on: June 20, 2007, 07:33:55 PM »

A $9.25 Tuna Sandwich will cost you 6000 points

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!
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« Reply #23 on: June 20, 2007, 07:40:35 PM »

A $9.25 Tuna Sandwich will cost you 6000 points

That would be, "Asian Tuna Salad", not plain tuna. The hoisin sauce is what makes it worth the Arlington bucks.



Man, there's a dog in my neighborhood that's driving me crazy!

 
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« Reply #24 on: June 20, 2007, 07:45:22 PM »

Twin Spires card is free- Go to the 2nd floor right behind the Grand Staircase

Thanks dogs-up.

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« Reply #25 on: June 20, 2007, 09:55:00 PM »

OK FINE.  I'm getting one of those cards.
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« Reply #26 on: June 20, 2007, 09:56:05 PM »

Where will you get it?
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« Reply #27 on: June 20, 2007, 10:01:01 PM »

I keep getting email offers. 

Maybe I'm thinking of another card?  There was a flyer about it at our OTB many times.  When the other card was obsolete.

Is this one only for Churchill players? 

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« Reply #28 on: June 20, 2007, 10:03:02 PM »

Yes and Churchill related tracks like Arlington, Calder, Fair Grounds.
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« Reply #29 on: June 20, 2007, 10:11:07 PM »

I play all of those tracks.  But the rewards are only for "at the track?" 

In person?  (like get in free, etc.?")
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« Reply #30 on: June 20, 2007, 10:46:24 PM »

I play all of those tracks.  But the rewards are only for "at the track?" 

In person?  (like get in free, etc.?")

You have to bet at one of their facilities, and run your card through a machine when you bet, so they can track you. After you have bet $20,000 and rung up 80,000 points, you can get a free lime green Frankenstein Pez dispenser key chain, or a track program for that day. If you can hold off until 150,000 points, there's a free Coke with your name on it. Medium.
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« Reply #31 on: June 21, 2007, 01:07:37 AM »


How can you NOT use that card.

maroon

Everytime I even think about using that card I have black and white images in my head of Raymond Burr as Perry Mason interrogating me on the witness stand at my future divorce trial ( I love my wife and don't REALLY expect this); but regardless the *** is holding up my twin spires card and the records he has subpoenaed  from AP and he asks me point blank what were you doing at the track on a FREAKING WEDNESDAY?! 

If you see me at the track feel free to swipe your card on my bets.
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« Reply #32 on: June 21, 2007, 09:01:41 AM »

Everytime I even think about using that card I have black and white images in my head of Raymond Burr as Perry Mason interrogating me on the witness stand at my future divorce trial ( I love my wife and don't REALLY expect this); but regardless the *** is holding up my twin spires card and the records he has subpoenaed  from AP and he asks me point blank what were you doing at the track on a FREAKING WEDNESDAY?! 

If you see me at the track feel free to swipe your card on my bets.

Do I have to share half my tuna sandwich with you then?

maroon

6000 points!
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« Reply #33 on: June 21, 2007, 11:54:34 AM »

If your at the track you might as well use the TWIN SPIRES CARD you are leaving something on the table.

What would always kill me was it was 1500 pts for a simulcast program in IL but 1000 in IN when CD still owned HOOSIER PARK.AP overprices everything.
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« Reply #34 on: June 21, 2007, 12:04:45 PM »

There isn't any reason to use it unless just to stay on the mailing list.
The points/prize structure is an insult.
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« Reply #35 on: June 21, 2007, 12:42:46 PM »

I agree it is not the greatest program out there but if you are betting CDI tracks and not doing anything else you are leaving money on the table.I had a very good quarter in 05 and got upgraded to gold for 06 and believe me I got my money's worth for 06.
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« Reply #36 on: June 21, 2007, 06:26:50 PM »

It must be a different card they are trying to talk me into.

I free soft drink, I'm not interested in.
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« Reply #37 on: June 22, 2007, 12:51:28 AM »

It must be a different card they are trying to talk me into.

I free soft drink, I'm not interested in.

I think the only card you are eligible to get is the Golden State Rewards network card. That's some better than a free soft drink for 80,000 points, but I don't know the details.

Hey - something I learned today - AIRPORT concession prices are lower than AP.
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