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Headpole Dave
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« on: June 16, 2010, 01:58:30 PM »

Things I've noticed while betting the races.

1 - Anytime I bet a horse and he breaks, the announcer is sure to mention the fact that he is "WAY WAY BACK," "Hopelessly out of the race," or "Not going to be a factor today," about a dozen times. It never fails.

2 - The more I drink the bolder my handicapping skills become. Whodathunkit?

3 - I miss the smell of Cigarette smoke, greasy french fries, and the mountains of non-winning tickets around like when I was a kid.

Anyone else?
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« Reply #1 on: June 16, 2010, 02:02:50 PM »

Miss those annoying guys that used to sell "tip sheets" at the track entrance.

 Miss the long wagering lines and 'checking out" all the weirdos Wink
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« Reply #2 on: June 16, 2010, 02:10:11 PM »

How about the guy who starts yelling for the '3' at the half, the '6' at the 3/4 pole and as the '2' starts closing down the stretch, he starts rooting for the deuce.
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« Reply #3 on: June 16, 2010, 02:15:38 PM »

I miss the large overflowing grandstand of screaming fans, the smell of DMSO as the horses jogged past along the outside rail.......... and the cold beer.

Jim
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« Reply #4 on: June 16, 2010, 02:17:37 PM »

How about the guy who starts yelling for the '3' at the half, the '6' at the 3/4 pole and as the '2' starts closing down the stretch, he starts rooting for the deuce.
WTF you must have been at the track with me.  laughing guy laughing guy laughing guy
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« Reply #5 on: June 16, 2010, 02:18:12 PM »

Miss talking to the regulars at the same tv spot in the grandstands.
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« Reply #6 on: June 16, 2010, 02:28:23 PM »

I miss getting ripped off for another $5 to park 10 feet closer at Maywood.
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« Reply #7 on: June 16, 2010, 02:29:44 PM »

I miss getting ripped off for another $5 to park 10 feet closer at Maywood.
Generally worth it IMO...unless you are packin.
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« Reply #8 on: June 16, 2010, 02:40:15 PM »

I miss the smell of spilled beer, hot dogs, and horse sh$%! The program and tip sheet sellers. Watching kids run around and pick up losing tickets. Announcers like Phil Georgeff, Tony Salvaro, and Gil Levine. The summer night open air of Sportsman Park Grandstand. The usher's chasing people away from box seats who were setting in boxes without box seat tickets. Drivers like Burright, Farrington, Busse, Banks, Rapone,Curran, Paisley, Marsh Jr., etc. etc. etc.
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« Reply #9 on: June 16, 2010, 02:45:44 PM »

Miss talking to the regulars at the same tv spot in the grandstands.
That is what I miss the most too!
I miss all of the goodtimes with my betting homeys and each of us buying the others a drink when one of us cashes a ticket and calling it cocktail money.
Or racing against one of my friends for a cocktail.
Sure dont miss the happy horse shit with trainers.
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« Reply #10 on: June 16, 2010, 03:46:33 PM »

 Went busted one time at Maywood in seriously cold weather,came out to my car to find 4 flat tires.Luckily I had change for a phone call and got home 2 days later to Indiana!!!!!pre cell phone days!!!an ice pick through the sidewalls!!!!Oh the good old days!!!!It was a Chrysler NEW YORKER!!!!!!!!!I promised not to lie on this forum it was a Dodge Dart!!!!lol
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Then i got rich... then i got poor again havent changed since !!!
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« Reply #11 on: June 16, 2010, 04:10:49 PM »

Also. . .those very early days, when you rushed for the double or another race and failed to take notice of where you parked your car.

 Nothing like standing in the lot and waiting for everybody to leave Wink
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« Reply #12 on: June 16, 2010, 04:27:27 PM »

I miss the days of horses coming out of the chute and onto the main track at Vernon!
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« Reply #13 on: June 16, 2010, 04:30:46 PM »

They had a chute at Vernon Wink
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« Reply #14 on: June 16, 2010, 04:32:26 PM »

Seems to me that another track used a chute as well?
 
 Wheeling or Cahokia?
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« Reply #15 on: June 16, 2010, 04:35:32 PM »

Seems to me that another track used a chute as well?
 
 Wheeling or Cahokia?

They race out of a chute at Colonial Downs in Virginia  too.

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« Reply #16 on: June 16, 2010, 04:36:23 PM »

from a 1958 Harness Horse.

Here is a shot of Cahokia Downs three-quarter mile track at East St. Louis, and gives a splendid view of what the fans will see when the horses come out of the chute for the opening race of the 30 night meet, starting October 14. Here the horses race towards the fans, who can get to see the start and the racing for positions in that first eighth, which they cannot see where the chute comes straight down. Shown here is the close proximity of the 1,025 stalls to the track.
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« Reply #17 on: June 16, 2010, 04:38:44 PM »

They have Standardbreds in Virginia Wink

 There was a couple of mutli-generation families and farms that used to race across the country.
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« Reply #18 on: June 16, 2010, 04:47:09 PM »

one turn mile racing out of the chute at Colonial. Los of fun.
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« Reply #19 on: June 16, 2010, 04:58:26 PM »

Arlington Park raced 7/8th's races out of the mile thoroughbred chute.
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« Reply #20 on: June 16, 2010, 05:52:57 PM »

I miss harness racing at Sportsmans and Hawthorne Park. Esp in the summer.
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« Reply #21 on: June 16, 2010, 06:07:28 PM »

The indoor paddock with big glass windows at Monti
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« Reply #22 on: June 16, 2010, 08:24:52 PM »

At Buffalo raceway in the 70's at the end of the night as you walked out their was a fat breadman with donuts and fresh bread.He would yell to all "YO HO YO HO I GOT THE BREAD I WANT YOUR DOUGH."
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« Reply #23 on: June 16, 2010, 08:34:44 PM »

I remember the boxed in $100.00 windows at YR and RR, standing nearby, and seeing who went in there. Couldn't really see who they were betting, but as an 18 year old, in 1962, it was hard to fathom someone walking away from the $100.00 window, stuffing a handful of tickets into their pocket.

The cast of characters at the track in those days was something special. One of my favorites was an elderly Chinese (I assume) guy, who you would buy him a dinner, based on the threadbare clothes he was wearing...yet he always marched to the $100 booth, and invariably pulled out a wad of benjamins every time.
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« Reply #24 on: June 16, 2010, 09:12:58 PM »

I never experienced it, but I would like the promotion of limited simulcasting to increase live handle.
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