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Old 06-19-2010, 11:54 AM   #16
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you used to get all kinds back then, i sound like my grandpa now, boy have times changed. i went to the racetrack every day of my life, or was in some casino sitting in a horseroom. today, i sit at home behind a computer and bet at 10 different tracks all at the same time, and have never tipped a teller once in the last decade. i only make it to the track once or twice a year, i live 20 minutes from sulfolk and haven't stepped for in the place since the masscap that offlee wild beat funnycide in. that was the first time i saw funnycide in person since he was a baby before he ever ran, and the only reason i went was because my wife wanted to go backside to see him

so true. when i went yesterday i was the youngest guy there, and I'm 48. Saw Jim Hannon and got a "Settoncourse is right on course" from him. It's so wierd seeing the place sooo empty. Growing up it was always hopping, especially on the weekends. I went to the track every day. Now, i barely get there. I go as many days to Saratoga as I do to suffolk.
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Old 06-19-2010, 12:03 PM   #17
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I resemble that remark. In addition to the "kisser", I also have the "clicker" going on too (clicking the tongue off the roof of your mouth). My dog doesn't care for it either.

It's not too bad if you're on the same horse and it's going to win. But when the "finger snapper"/"smoocher" has the winner and he beats your horse for the win then it's cruel and unusual punishment.
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Old 06-19-2010, 12:07 PM   #18
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What about the jamaican....classic...sooooooouuuuuuuup jooooocccckkkkeeyyyy!
Or hey trainerrrr how you lookin today.
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Old 06-19-2010, 12:18 PM   #19
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If you could put any of us, which have replied to this thread (including me) on the rail at any track, you would see every characterization mentioned, plus a few which haven't.

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Old 06-19-2010, 12:19 PM   #20
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who are you?

I think i'm pretty good. But i'm the closest to the obsecure pedigree guy. I've been known to ramble about pedigrees.
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Old 06-19-2010, 12:36 PM   #21
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There are many characters in the Pub/OTB that I visit usually on a Friday. Most are in their 70/80's and are retired city workers.
There is one that bets cat horses, if the third letter in the name is an "R" and of course the "ninth in the ninth". Another player when his horse runs out which is eight out of nine times says "Go take a shit for yourself." Most need reading glasses and refuse to wear them. They bring a magnifying glass with them to see the paper or program. Then there is "first time latex" one of my favorites.
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Old 06-19-2010, 12:42 PM   #22
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who are you?

I think i'm pretty good. But i'm the closest to the obsecure pedigree guy. I've been known to ramble about pedigrees.
I am just an old handicapper with 45 years of playing the ponies. If you have a passion for the game, it would be hard not to admit to imitating any of those characters, just once in a lifetime.

It has nothing to do about being good or bad. It has to do with having a heart beat (being live or alive) when they come running in the stretch. That's what kept me a fan all these years. Well, plus making a little money.
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Old 06-19-2010, 12:45 PM   #23
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He forgot the Mush.
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Old 06-19-2010, 12:56 PM   #24
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Saw Jim Hannon and got a "Settoncourse is right on course" from him.
Jim Hannon is still alive??!! He must be 90!!

Where are the railbirds nowadays? Well at least at Tampa they are among the missing. I can remember the grizzled old vets leaning over the rail to give a jock a hard time after a bad ride back in the day at New England tracks. My first visit to Tampa was the 2001-02 meet. I can remember watching a race where the heavy fave got an absolutely horrid ride. I purposely went down to the rail to catch the show. Nothing happened. Nobody said anything. I couldn't believe it. Please tell me that "jock abusing railbirds" are still around somewhere.
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How about the guy who has his horse in front and as others are charging closer in the final 1/8 or 1/16 he starts yelling "Come on wire, come on wire" about 10 or more times.....hmmm was there a horse named wire in the race?
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There used to be this guy everyday at Woodbine who called himself Sandy Hawley. The elevator didn't go all the way to the top as he actually believed he was Hawley. The first time I saw him after I saw his antics I gave hime the name jockey fall off. When the horses turned into the stretch in the left hand he would hit his left leg with the form and then hit his right leg with the program while hollering all the way down the stretch.
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Most need reading glasses and refuse to wear them. They bring a magnifying glass with them to see the paper or program.
I had taken my grandfather to the National Orange Show once so he can make his bets, it was before I was into horse racing or really knew much of it, and while he was in line doing his bets I was sitting at a table and had a person come up asking me if I could read some things from her program for her, but after that I started to get serveral people asking me to do that.

Its like someone put a sign on me as the designated reader for those who probably needed reading glasses lol.
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What about the guy whos yelling.."Come on 4 come 4 come 4...and all of a sudden the 3 wins...and the guys yells out yeeeeeeeeessss...i have the the 3 collldddd!!"
man i wanted to spit my coke out when i read this. man

we need to make a let it ride part 2
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Old 06-19-2010, 01:28 PM   #29
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these "characters" or what they really are
SCUM , are one of the reasons the attendance is
down to almost nothing.

You thing a family of 4 wants to go to belmont , arlington or monmouth
and see these scumbags?
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Old 06-19-2010, 01:49 PM   #30
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You can't be serious. Which do you think the track would rather have, a family of four licking ice cream cones, or these SCUM characters betting real money? Characters in front, by many.
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