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« Reply #25 on: February 26, 2006, 10:15:56 PM »

That's a shame, because Chicago has such a large number of restaurants with BYOB policy... And if my memory is correct, BYOB contributes to weekday attendance at Monmouth and Saratoga (although I'm sure Sar is in no need of help in this respect).
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« Reply #26 on: February 26, 2006, 10:16:15 PM »

David, is it true that Arlington allows picnic baskets and "outside" refreshments in the park area? Someone told me they do. That's probably a great draw too.

Picnic baskets and outside refreshments of a non-alcoholic nature. Officially. Though you see a lot of the yupster families in the park toting brews you know aren't sold anywhere in the facility.

Now, if Hawthorne HAD a park, maybe you could duplicate something like that, but why bother when your best weather months are April and October? Closest they come is the nice apron bbq and music during harness season.
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« Reply #27 on: February 26, 2006, 10:18:03 PM »

I was up at Kenosha dog track last weekend, their variety and value of food was excellent. They had little booths set up here and there selling specials like bbq ribs and chicken - I had the chicken was 4 bucks for the typical 1/2 chicken dinner. On Friday nights, I think, they have 1 dollar beers and dogs and everything - haven't been there in a while - but they get a strong young crowd for that - but then again - there isn't much to do in Kenosha.
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« Reply #28 on: February 26, 2006, 10:18:15 PM »

That's a shame, because Chicago has such a large number of restaurants with BYOB policy... And if my memory is correct, BYOB contributes to weekday attendance at Monmouth and Saratoga (although I'm sure Sar is in no need of help in this respect).

NYRA tracks discontinued BYOB in the last couple years. Dunno about Monmouth, maybe Al will tell us.

 
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« Reply #29 on: February 26, 2006, 10:21:14 PM »

I was up at Kenosha dog track last weekend, their variety and value of food was excellent. They had little booths set up here and there selling specials like bbq ribs and chicken - I had the chicken was 4 bucks for the typical 1/2 chicken dinner. On Friday nights, I think, they have 1 dollar beers and dogs and everything - haven't been there in a while - but they get a strong young crowd for that - but then again - there isn't much to do in Kenosha.

Pshaw! They have the Brat Stop! What more does anyone need!

Was this during live dog racing? I always thought their concessions during simulcasting sucked. Haven't had to go up there since I quit owning horses in Arizona, and had to hike up there to see them run because Arlington wouldn't import TuP. Arlington or someone.
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« Reply #30 on: February 26, 2006, 10:22:34 PM »

This is unrelated to the current thread, but I was just sorting through Haw charts... seems that Noggin Dude is burning money at the n2L level now! I don't know how many times I've seen this bum lose as the favorite... Why do people bet on horses to win that have shown they can finish 2nd often enough but can only finish 1st with God's assistance?
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« Reply #31 on: February 26, 2006, 10:29:50 PM »

Yes, there was a live card going on, the concession stand on the simo floor (2nd Floor) (sports bar or whatever they call it) is nothing more than adequete. But, they had some stands on the landing outside of of there. They also seemed to have a decent looking buffet set up (as far as buffets go anyways) on the 3rd Floor (where you look out onto track) for like 5 or 6 bucks, but I didn't go for it.

On a non food note, they seemed to have a real nice crowd - alot of people up watching and betting the dogs, and a real strong simo crowd - many of which were actually betting real decent money (maybe they don't have the internet in Wisconsin yet). Odd part was they didn't have Tampa Bay for some reason, and they seemed to give preferential treatment to any Magna track, even alot of posters and announcements etc. etc. Haven't figured either out yet.

They have a model of what thier proposed Indian Casino will look like if they ever get it approved.
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« Reply #32 on: February 26, 2006, 10:40:21 PM »

The Indians have as big a stronghold in WI as in AZ. Good luck to 'em. And to CA while we're at it.
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« Reply #33 on: February 27, 2006, 07:50:27 AM »

That goes without saying, everything will be fixed, and horseplayers will suddenly materialize from thin air to flock to the tracks to bet the quality horses that will also materialize from thin air, and they (the new players, not the new horses) will shove $billions in parimutuel handle through the windows, and it will be a grand and glorious renaissance of horse racing, when everyone will wear hats and crowd the $50 windows and stand in line with their well-dressed paramour to dine at the Gold Cup Room, just like in the old days, so staggeringly awesome is the power of slots. But we were just noodling around other ideas, on the slim chance the tracks don't get slots.

Terry, don't forget the children!

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« Reply #34 on: February 27, 2006, 02:21:29 PM »

NYRA tracks discontinued BYOB in the last couple years. Dunno about Monmouth, maybe Al will tell us.

 

Monmouth still has a BYOB in the picnic area. (from the 1/4 pole to the 1/8 pole a furlong of picnic fun and always teeming on weekends when people get there early to reserve their favorite table close to the action.
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