It’s hard for me believe that we’re coming up to the last weekend of the Aqueduct meet; I’ve always been fond of the track, and having spent more time there this meet than any other time, it is truly with some regret that I will bid it farewell until October.
OK, so the racing’s not so hot; OK, so the facilities are neglected; OK, so the crowds are usually small. But four blocks from my apartment, I get on the A train, and about half an hour and $2 later, I am deposited at the Aqueduct subway station, the formidable grandstand visible from the train as we pull in and looming over the track and its section of Queens. There are plenty of good spots at the Big A from which to watch racing, both indoors and out, and Aqueduct has hosted its fair share of memorable moments since it opened last October. This weekend, I’ll be posting my Top 10 Aqueduct moments.
But before then, a traitor to one of my home tracks (and how lucky I feel that I actually have three), instead of attending Aqueduct’s closing weekend and the Withers, I’ll be embarking on a mid-Atlantic racetrack odyssey: on Thursday afternoon I head south for my first visit to the ailing Atlantic City Race Course. On Saturday, I break my Pimlico maiden, and on the way home on Saturday I’ll be stopping at Delaware Park for my third visit. Next week will feature reports from all three tracks.
It’s Thursday morning, and I say with a little annoyance that I still have no updates on our Brooklyn Backstretch league in the ST Publishing Take Ten! Derby fantasy game. I am hopeful that post-Derby day the full league table will be published so that our winner can choose his/her charity, and rest assured that if the full table isn’t published, I’ll contact Brian Nadeau to see who our winner is. We’ve got $150 pledged…that’s $100 beyond my original $50 offer. Totally, totally, totally cool that in addition to having some fun (at least for those not at the bottom of the table), some money is going to an equine cause.