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Author Topic: AP Newbie - Sunday, visit #3  (Read 426 times)
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« on: July 14, 2013, 07:07:50 PM »

Managed to draw myself away from weekend research cathciup at the university to attend my third live card of the summer at Arlington Park on Sunday. Was accompanied by three mates, including my Nigerian channeler, a home lad from Brixton (via Cairo) and an American local who spent formative years near other Chicago-region courses in a suburb called "Cicero." Must admit I was goggled by the number of children in attendance; I fairly well thought your Santa Claus must have been on the premises. I can't imagine that the wee people help the punting totals much but thank goodness they appeared to be get outside for most of the scorching (for me) afternoon.
Remained both engaged and chagrined by the "styles" of a number of your local lads, which really is no style at all. Very little cheek shown on the synthetic in terms of asserting and maintaining inside position. Most winners appeared to take the safe overland route, meaning that if they had the best horse, they won. I'm not sure there was a single result today prompted by any keening or strategic wist by the diminutive buggers. I think the tone was set in the first chase when a chap named "Eduardo E. Perez" all but rallied to tally from somewhere near the train station. Most of the tinies would be eaten up and larded at Nemarket or many of our B- and C-designated rounds.
Spent some time in an eatery I believed is referred to as "The Paddock Grille" (spl?), which afforded a royal view of the saddling. Again, setback to see that many of your trainers appear more appropriately dressed to shag rags than to preen in the charmed circle. I would think course management might consider minimum dress standards for the training corps at Arlington, many of whom looked like they selected their garb from the lot swain of Watermick's Poorhouse. My Brixton mate noted, "Beggars outside the tube (in his district of London) dress better than some of these limpid." To which I could only reply, "Here, here!"
My punting continued to ascend. I am amused at how easy your races are to pick. I believe I had seven victors in eight tries (we left before the finale) and ran a modest $120 from an ATM machine into something upward of $400. That was good since our time in the Paddock Grille was not inexpensive.
I was baffled mid-card when The American National Anthem played. Was that an afterthought and the correcting of a pre-card gaffe? Some people stopped all and stood at attention whilst others carried on as if a Lonnie Donegean shuffle was playing. I, for some reason, your National Anthem was played BEFORE sporting events and not during. I"m sure I've seen
musical jingoism of that ilked degree since a visit to Chantilly more than ten years ago. And you know how the French are.
Three visits in, I would say this may be the easiest racecourse I have ever been at in terms of identifying victors. I would assume your professional selectors must be good for six or seven victors per day (since they are professionals). If it the number is anything less, I would be tilted. Although I must admit, the rather Gothic bird who spoke on the in-house telly between races appeared rather bereft of any legitimate insight into the races and appeared much more concerned with keeping her hair of out her eyes (might I suggest "hair hold," or in AmeriSpeak,
"hair spray." Then again, maybe some jaded punters find that come-hither head-weaving somewhat titilating.
Again, all in all, a good carry and I hope to get back before Your Million since my fortune is running so well. Given my extensive analytic credentials, I would offer an interim suggestion that too many Chicago punters overthink their speculatives and fail to follow Zelaski's Third Theorem, which distilled simply states that only semantics and overthought cause straightforward logic to swerve.
To all kindst enough to say hello, deepest courtesies. A fine day and a fine crowd, save the rather unruly urchins. Hopefully the posters on this site hold some sort of annual attend perhaps I can attend before my return home this autumn. Godspeed to all.   
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« Reply #1 on: July 15, 2013, 10:06:20 AM »

Who is this fraud who calls himself UFO?  Fake Blimey!
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« Reply #2 on: July 15, 2013, 01:10:34 PM »

He may be legit, he sure makes me laugh and is an interesting read.
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« Reply #3 on: July 15, 2013, 01:24:46 PM »

amused or bemused?  pretty funny stuff...

Although from my memories of past Breeders Cups, wasn't the Euro representative a bloke by the name of MUTTON CHOPS...

Kind of like Ben Franklin was bred to Albert Einstein
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« Reply #4 on: July 15, 2013, 03:08:12 PM »

He may be legit, he sure makes me laugh and is an interesting read.

Still no "pip pip, cheerio!"
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"There are no $7500 maiden claimers, state-bred or otherwise, at Arlington."
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