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Old 12-20-2005, 02:47 PM   #46
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I've been to at least 20 tracks. Pimlico ranks dead last. I have seats on the finish line every Preakness Day. They are inside seats located in the Grandstand. The Clubhouse juts out so badly that the first turn is completely obliterated. i used to go to Cleveland Stadium as a kid and sit behind a big iron girder. You can really enjoy a ballgame looking at one of those things.
Not to brag, but i've been to to a VIP Room at Churchill on Breeder's Cup Day as well as on the finish line at Hollywood Park BC in 1997. Also on the finish line at Keeneland a few times. A HUGE difference!! Tell me a few tracks I missed that are worse than Old Milltop.
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Old 12-20-2005, 03:01 PM   #47
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Gird Yourself

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I have some grave news. That was no girder. That was Rocky Colavito.
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Old 12-20-2005, 03:12 PM   #48
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Don't knock the Rock! I did see Tony Horton hit 3 HRs in a game. He popped out in his 4th AB and CRAWLED to the dugout. Saw Charlie Sheen run out to the mound to pitch for a scene in Major League. The producers scrapped the whole shooting to go do it at Milwaukee's old stadium. Now that's a real smackdown.
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Old 12-20-2005, 04:59 PM   #49
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Don't you mean Willie Horton, the Gates Brown of his day, and no relation to the center of the whole Bush-pere and Dukakis brouhaha?
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Old 12-20-2005, 07:19 PM   #50
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Nope, Willie Horton played for the Tigers, Tony was the next Generation Jimmy Piersall, having a Nervous breakdown in the early 70's. Nothing like a Sunday DH at the Stadium. 2 games for $8.00. Attendance about 8,000. Thistledown wishes they could 8,000 for a weekend nowadays.
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Old 12-20-2005, 08:47 PM   #51
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Attendance: 619,970 (11th out of 12)
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Old 12-20-2005, 10:09 PM   #52
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Horton Hears A Who

I knew about WH, I just figured he played in CMS when the Tigers came to town.
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Old 12-20-2005, 10:54 PM   #53
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Should get back to the topic....Even tho I think Arlington is great, some of the live tellers are not. On more than one occasion, I've said " A dollar tri 1 with the 2-3-4-5" and have been corrected by a teller. "That would be a dollar part wheel, 1 with 2-3-4-5", was the response. There was one guy that told me next time to remember what I was told and call out the bet the right way! i just said "give me a voucher for $200, and hope you still have a job someday".
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Old 12-21-2005, 11:56 PM   #54
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RR,

They do that shit everywhere.
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Old 12-22-2005, 12:06 AM   #55
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Thistledown always did it, especially the Oldtimers. I think they just wanted to punch WIN tickets, so they'd piss off the customers that play exotic combinations. This way the patrons would go to the SAM's on their own. I knew of one teller that would press REPEAT on tickets she thought were being played by the "smart guys". She ended up begging for money to pay her drawer at the end of her shift. Eventually got fired.
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Old 12-22-2005, 10:13 PM   #56
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Fairmount Park

Right across the river, they spent money on new simucast room, etc. college cooeds on weekends from SLU,SIU,SIUE. Theracing has gone downhill, casinos have crushed them, plus the chicago tracks and peeps giving a rats about the track. But it's always been $$$


been too:

riverdowns: liked the track, seriously a sleeper, but thought the simucast building was poorly placed sum 30+ yards from wire. And AC was out, and it was one hot muther!

Turfway: Favorite, loved handicapping the track, loved the people, and enjoyed the old lady. I'm a simpleton like that.

Bluegrassdowns(anyone know the name of it now adays?): wow, a dump, but a great place to just go and bet the horses, the peeps are pretty much your typical hardworking weekend gamblers, love the bartender, you get your beer and ask her for a $10 exacta 4-3. Not a place to bring a chick, or buddys who want to party, but a great, quiet place to gamble!
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Old 12-22-2005, 10:23 PM   #57
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East Saint Louie Toodle-Oo

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You don't mean Blue Bonnet, do you? And how about Ellis Park? I've heard it's something right out of Huckleberry Finn. Okay, I exaggerate.
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Old 12-22-2005, 10:42 PM   #58
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its in paducah Kentucky

it used to be Bluegrass downs, then Became a harness track!



Funny thing is, 90% of the races there were handtimed, and you couldnt get a true pp of their races.


it would be like 24 1/5 1(4 lengths)
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final: handtimed buwahahaha! i was like ok, and what was it?
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Old 12-23-2005, 10:12 AM   #59
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Fort Erie ( Saratoga of the north )

Woodbine ( giant of the north )

Woodbine is massive - 700 acres!

Two training tracks: dirt and turf. The grandstand turf course circles the main track - no crossing the dirt track here: 11/2 miles and an endless stretch run.

They're building a huge entertainment center, and plan to have a shuttle bus from the airport which is five minutes away - smart move!

I would love to visit CD, Sar, SA, etc - I sure plan to.
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Old 12-23-2005, 10:37 AM   #60
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Woodbine is great but I wouldn't exactly call Fort Erie , the Saratoga of the north.


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