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Forum: General Racing Discussion 11-02-2018, 08:01 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,055
Posted By Thomas Roulston
Rocketry was totally awesome in the Marathon. He...

Rocketry was totally awesome in the Marathon. He has picked up the torch that Calidoscopio used to carry.

And where was Carlino? He probably would have gotten third.
Forum: General Racing Discussion 10-22-2018, 12:09 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,839
Posted By Thomas Roulston
There was a similar fight between two jockeys at...

There was a similar fight between two jockeys at the now-defunct Green Mountain Race Track in 1976. It made the local paper, the North Adams Transcript.
Forum: General Racing Discussion 10-22-2018, 12:05 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 322
Posted By Thomas Roulston
Areyoutalkingtome: The New Arrrrr?

In Saturday's 8th race at The Track Formerly Known As Calder, Pete Aiello sounded out the name of Areyoutalkingtome in the form of a question; that is, "Areyoutalkingtome?" - reminiscent of Tom...
Forum: General Racing Discussion 10-09-2018, 10:28 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 892
Posted By Thomas Roulston
Thanks for the info - and (for the most part)...

Thanks for the info - and (for the most part) thoughtful posts.

But why the double standard that turf races at these distances; e.g., the San Juan Capistrano, are "acceptable" - but dirt races are...
Forum: General Racing Discussion 10-09-2018, 10:20 AM
Replies: 81
Views: 5,162
Posted By Thomas Roulston
How come Maryland has never hosted a BC? If...

How come Maryland has never hosted a BC?

If they're good enough to host one of the Triple Crown races ...
Forum: General Racing Discussion 10-09-2018, 10:17 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 2,188
Posted By Thomas Roulston
I liked KD better when they ran in the spring...

I liked KD better when they ran in the spring (late '70s/early '80s, as the Dueling Grounds).

And why not do both - one meeting in the spring and one in the late summer/early autumn?
Forum: General Racing Discussion 10-09-2018, 10:03 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,651
Posted By Thomas Roulston
I never said it did. But outdated tracks create...

I never said it did. But outdated tracks create a depressing environment for everyone - patrons (i.e., bettors), horsemen, and jockeys. This observation has often been made about Aqueduct, which is...
Forum: General Racing Discussion 10-09-2018, 08:33 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,651
Posted By Thomas Roulston
But a large part of what makes them "shitholes"...

But a large part of what makes them "shitholes" are antiquated facilities and track designs. Arlington, Gulfstream and Laurel with their super-wide turf courses, allowing many different distances to...
Forum: General Racing Discussion 10-09-2018, 07:49 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 3,196
Posted By Thomas Roulston
The fact that racing jurisdictions need to come...

The fact that racing jurisdictions need to come up with "creative" ways like this to bolster field sizes is the most melancholy story of our time.
Forum: General Racing Discussion 09-30-2018, 01:55 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,367
Posted By Thomas Roulston
Of course they were "saving" the turf as much as...

Of course they were "saving" the turf as much as possible during the week for all the big stakes races on the turf yesterday - and there needs to be "truth in labeling" when it comes to the reported...
Forum: General Racing Discussion 09-30-2018, 12:21 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,133
Posted By Thomas Roulston
The turf sprints at the NYRA tracks have proved...

The turf sprints at the NYRA tracks have proved wildly popular with the bettors - so much so that the Inner Dirt Track at Aqueduct was replaced with a turf course so that 6-furlong turf races could...
Forum: General Racing Discussion 09-30-2018, 12:15 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,426
Posted By Thomas Roulston
I remember when the JC Gold Cup was 2 miles, and...

I remember when the JC Gold Cup was 2 miles, and Shuvee beat the boys in it - twice!

Today's racing is so watered-down it isn't funny.
Forum: General Racing Discussion 09-30-2018, 12:11 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,133
Posted By Thomas Roulston
If it's around two turns, it is not a sprint.

If it's around two turns, it is not a sprint.
Forum: General Racing Discussion 09-30-2018, 12:09 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,234
Posted By Thomas Roulston
When most horses had at least some Solid or...

When most horses had at least some Solid or Professional chef-de-race influences in their Dosage Profiles, these premature retirements were far less prevalent. Some also blame the now-legal status...
Forum: General Racing Discussion 09-30-2018, 12:00 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,367
Posted By Thomas Roulston
This lame "3% to be divided equally among the...

This lame "3% to be divided equally among the remaining finishers" business isn't helping: In a 12-horse field, that's 3/7ths of 1% each to 6th through 12th, which in the cheapest races doesn't even...
Forum: General Racing Discussion 09-30-2018, 11:33 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 705
Posted By Thomas Roulston
Or pay further down in the purse: This year's...

Or pay further down in the purse: This year's Melbourne Cup will have a whopping twelve "monies" -

https://www.punters.com.au/melbourne-cup/melbourne-cup-prize/

Of course I vehemently disagree...
Forum: General Racing Discussion 09-30-2018, 11:21 AM
Replies: 224
Views: 12,689
Posted By Thomas Roulston
But remember that the hidebound stuffed shirts at...

But remember that the hidebound stuffed shirts at NYRA stubbornly resisted using the saddlecloth colors - just like they didn't legalize Lasix until September 1, 1995, and didn't so much as add fifth...
Forum: General Racing Discussion 09-30-2018, 11:16 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 892
Posted By Thomas Roulston
Forum: General Racing Discussion 09-30-2018, 11:12 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,133
Posted By Thomas Roulston
There is enough difference between the two...

There is enough difference between the two distances to make both of them viable. And how about running 7.5f turf races? Or don't they know that this is the 21st Century?
Forum: General Racing Discussion 09-15-2018, 09:13 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,256
Posted By Thomas Roulston
California's problem is that its tracks are small...

California's problem is that its tracks are small compared with tracks in other parts of the country.

Maybe a new track can be built with specifications like this, as I have posted here...
Forum: General Racing Discussion 09-15-2018, 08:58 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 2,188
Posted By Thomas Roulston
If the tote can only accommodate 12 betting...

If the tote can only accommodate 12 betting interests the track can always bring back the old-school mutuel fields. As for starting gates, don't Abu Dhabi, Dubai etc. use 16-horse gates? And with...
Forum: General Racing Discussion 09-15-2018, 12:02 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 310
Posted By Thomas Roulston
I saw a documentary on Barrington a while back. ...

I saw a documentary on Barrington a while back. The track is so choked with weeds that it could be mistaken for a turf course - and the Marshfield fair grounds suffered severe damage from the...
Forum: General Racing Discussion 09-15-2018, 11:56 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,042
Posted By Thomas Roulston
Gulfstream's turf course is in terrible shape -...

Gulfstream's turf course is in terrible shape - and I haven't seen a turf race at "Gulfstream Park West" recently enough to form an opinion.
Forum: General Racing Discussion 09-15-2018, 11:53 AM
Replies: 68
Views: 3,097
Posted By Thomas Roulston
It is fascinating to see what happens to morning...

It is fascinating to see what happens to morning lines when there are a lot of late scratches, such as when a race originally scheduled to be run on the turf course is taken off the turf.
Forum: General Racing Discussion 09-15-2018, 10:51 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,857
Posted By Thomas Roulston
Many tracks already have "reverts to the...

Many tracks already have "reverts to the Association" policies for very short fields, including the NYRA tracks. And these policies do not reduce the shares of the purse awarded to the horses that...
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