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Author Topic: YOUR BREEDERS CROWN GREATEST MOMENT ,,OR RACE!!!!!!!!  (Read 1274 times)
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« Reply #25 on: October 09, 2012, 10:06:02 PM »

As a guy in mid 20's I simply can't even begin to imagine Maywood being a "happening" place.. I've read about it and seen pictures but actually envisioning traffic  congestion @ 6:30 before a 7 o'clock card at Maywood is completely unfathomable.. Must've been a great time to be a harness fan!

There were no 7:00 cards. Post time was 8:30 and then they moved it up to 8:15. The last race had to go off before midnight so they would just stop the clocks. All the lots were full on a Friday or Saturday including the one where they have the truck driving school. I think sometimes if we came late we may have had to park over at Polk Brothers.
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« Reply #26 on: October 09, 2012, 10:09:27 PM »

In a way I'm thankful I wasn't around for "the good ol days" bc I have nothing to compare against today's racing
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« Reply #27 on: October 09, 2012, 10:32:37 PM »

Oops 4give me fr posting same thing twice, tired
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« Reply #28 on: October 09, 2012, 10:33:59 PM »

You wouldn't believe the crowds at Maywood & Sportsmans during the mid 80's.

Had some great times at Maywood -except for the time we got busted smoking bud & got detained in the security office

But at that time no casinos, no simulcast, no internet wagering..Just your home track
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« Reply #29 on: October 09, 2012, 10:49:17 PM »

As a guy in mid 20's I simply can't even begin to imagine Maywood being a "happening" place.. I've read about it and seen pictures but actually envisioning traffic  congestion @ 6:30 before a 7 o'clock card at Maywood is completely unfathomable.. Must've been a great time to be a harness fan!
Yes my young friend Maywood was indeed once an in place.
Barns on both sides of the road were full of horses.
Of course when I first was at Maywood(early 1960's) the barns were all wood frame barns.
All the area west of the track that is now shopping center was parking lot, and needed.
When the race track was muddy and closed for training we would jog horses in the gravel parking lot were Target is today.
The three race paddock was the building that still stands at the east turn.
The old building that is now offices and the drivers room was the main clubhouse.
The track kitchen was open from dawn till after the races, and always a beehive of activity.
Maywood Park also owned and operated at training track at Elgin, IL. for the overflow of horses.
Maywood also owned and operated a nine horse van that would ship horses to and from Elgin. (At Maywood's expense)
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I am just an old "Hoss" trainer, that has been raced hard and put away wet. 
As my Friend from Maine(Ora Stratton) says "There are horse trainers, and then there are real "Hoss" trainers.
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« Reply #30 on: October 10, 2012, 12:01:22 AM »

I. Have never been to breeders crown only breeders cup , but in comparison watching Zenyata win the first bc!
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" when I get got , I get my Glock"
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