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Forum: General Racing Discussion 09-17-2022, 01:40 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 3,713
Posted By dilanesp
There's an old saying among Black lawyers that...

There's an old saying among Black lawyers that they have to work twice as hard because a lot of potential clients have racist stereotypical assumptions and they have to overcome that.

I suspect...
Forum: General Racing Discussion 09-16-2022, 01:57 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 968
Posted By dilanesp
Right. You can add Bay Meadows to your list- in...

Right. You can add Bay Meadows to your list- in urban areas where the real estate is super-valuable, if you see a big acquisition, it's totally appropriate to ask questions about whether the track is...
Forum: General Racing Discussion 09-16-2022, 11:49 AM
Replies: 77
Views: 5,824
Posted By dilanesp
Zenyatta and California Chrome were good for...

Zenyatta and California Chrome were good for racing!

Compare them to Flightline, who is wonderful but never runs, Arrogate, who was wonderful but only ran 4 great races, American Pharoah, who won...
Forum: General Racing Discussion 09-14-2022, 12:10 PM
Replies: 77
Views: 5,824
Posted By dilanesp
They did later on. There's an inconsistent...

They did later on.

There's an inconsistent history on this. For instance, "Bmf" was adopted back in the 1960's or 1970's for the "Bay Meadows Fair", even though it was run at the same track as...
Forum: General Racing Discussion 09-14-2022, 12:07 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 2,511
Posted By dilanesp
Del Mar is specifically an attendance driven...

Del Mar is specifically an attendance driven track. Why race at Del Mar rather than, say, holding the races in a low population, low rent area? The answer is because Del Mar is a facility designed to...
Forum: General Racing Discussion 09-14-2022, 10:19 AM
Replies: 67
Views: 2,511
Posted By dilanesp
Del Mar's attendance is way down even from...

Del Mar's attendance is way down even from numbers it put up in the internet wagering era.
Forum: General Racing Discussion 09-14-2022, 12:59 AM
Replies: 67
Views: 2,511
Posted By dilanesp
There was a time not all that long ago when Del...

There was a time not all that long ago when Del Mar's average attendance exceeded the Padres, especially if you didn't count the no-shows (this is deep in the weeds but MLB used to announce actual...
Forum: General Racing Discussion 09-13-2022, 10:39 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 782
Posted By dilanesp
By Into Mischief from a full sister to Cross...

By Into Mischief from a full sister to Cross Traffic. Even I know that's primo breeding (I'm sure Spalding No! can fill in the details on it).
Forum: General Racing Discussion 09-13-2022, 05:29 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 2,511
Posted By dilanesp
The Padres have had a bunch of sellouts this year.

The Padres have had a bunch of sellouts this year.
Forum: General Racing Discussion 09-13-2022, 01:37 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 2,511
Posted By dilanesp
70,000 people were packed into SoFi Sunday for...

70,000 people were packed into SoFi Sunday for the Raiders-Chargers. I wouldn't overstate this issue.
Forum: General Racing Discussion 09-12-2022, 01:46 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 2,511
Posted By dilanesp
Well, the drunks will always have the Running of...

Well, the drunks will always have the Running of the Outhouses in the Preakness infield to look forward to every year!
Forum: General Racing Discussion 09-12-2022, 01:35 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 2,511
Posted By dilanesp
The track really loses its ambience with small...

The track really loses its ambience with small crowds. Large sections (such as the infield and the area west of the grandstand) are just closed off entirely.

Contrast this with Saratoga, where...
Forum: General Racing Discussion 09-12-2022, 12:45 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 2,511
Posted By dilanesp
They averaged over 13,000 in 2019, the last...

They averaged over 13,000 in 2019, the last non-pandemic year, and under 9,000 this year. Yes, they were up from the trough last year, but that's still a historically terrible number for Del Mar.
Forum: General Racing Discussion 09-12-2022, 12:18 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 2,511
Posted By dilanesp
You are right. They ended later this year, but...

You are right. They ended later this year, but also started later. Still, it was a pandemic trough.
Forum: General Racing Discussion 09-12-2022, 11:58 AM
Replies: 67
Views: 2,511
Posted By dilanesp
Not really. The increase is from a pandemic...

Not really. The increase is from a pandemic trough, plus they ran more dates this year (they reported total, not average per day!).

If you actually went to the track this season, it was pretty...
Forum: General Racing Discussion 09-12-2022, 11:37 AM
Replies: 341
Views: 79,379
Posted By dilanesp
If you had done so (which is probably a much...

If you had done so (which is probably a much better thing to do than what you did), this whole thing would have never blown up.
Forum: General Racing Discussion 09-12-2022, 11:36 AM
Replies: 67
Views: 2,511
Posted By dilanesp
I'm glad you led with the zero fatalities-...

I'm glad you led with the zero fatalities- California has done a great job of cutting horse deaths, something that really could have killed the sport here given the amount of support for animal...
Forum: General Racing Discussion 09-12-2022, 11:32 AM
Replies: 341
Views: 79,379
Posted By dilanesp
Here's the thing. There's one person here with...

Here's the thing. There's one person here with personal knowledge of what happened. And he won't tell us any real facts (nor can he- I'm not blaming him for THAT; his job is more important than...
Forum: General Racing Discussion 09-09-2022, 12:52 PM
Replies: 324
Views: 28,605
Posted By dilanesp
All these statements about "I came close to...

All these statements about "I came close to making it faster" and "it could have been faster" are concessions that in fact there's nothing being statistically measured here because there's no way to...
Forum: General Racing Discussion 09-08-2022, 07:18 PM
Replies: 324
Views: 28,605
Posted By dilanesp
Here's the thing. You assign Flightline some...

Here's the thing. You assign Flightline some number. After assigning that number, how the hell do you test it? Do you have a database of 19 length winners in major stakes races who ran super-fast...
Forum: General Racing Discussion 09-08-2022, 11:15 AM
Replies: 324
Views: 28,605
Posted By dilanesp
I realize it does to many others. Many others...

I realize it does to many others. Many others also care profusely about how far Tiger Woods hit his drives in the 1997 masters, or what some batter's WAR is in a baseball game.

But the points I...
Forum: General Racing Discussion 09-08-2022, 10:43 AM
Replies: 324
Views: 28,605
Posted By dilanesp
One thing I would say about situations like this-...

One thing I would say about situations like this- which will be an apostasy to figure makers- is the numbers are truly unimportant. The reason speed figures are useful is to compare performances of...
Forum: General Racing Discussion 09-07-2022, 10:44 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 401
Posted By dilanesp
I look forward to watching. I have a thing for...

I look forward to watching. I have a thing for true crime and this is one of my favorite unsolved mysteries- what this man missed out on, after he went missing and presumed drowned, is astounding.
Forum: General Racing Discussion 09-07-2022, 11:38 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 657
Posted By dilanesp
The big thing is that if a horse is going to...

The big thing is that if a horse is going to become famous to normies and DOES NOT run in the Triple Crown, the horse needs to have a long career so the publicity builds up. We saw this happen with...
Forum: General Racing Discussion 09-07-2022, 09:22 AM
Replies: 341
Views: 79,379
Posted By dilanesp
You always mischaracterize what I said back then....

You always mischaracterize what I said back then.

To be clear, I don't think announcers are important in the scheme of things. Plenty of tracks have been successful over the years while having bad...
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