I still haven’t watched yesterday’s races.
And I can’t decide when I’m going to be able to.
Years of Catholicism have taught me that whatever is the hardest, most sacrificial thing to do is the right thing to do, even when–especially when?–it defies sensibility.
So even though I was in a bar on Friday afternoon for at least two, maybe three, of the filly and mare races, I had my back to the TV on which they were playing. I did hear who won, and a little bit about how the races were run, but that’s about it. I’ve muted the channel and turned away when highlights are shown on ESPN.
I’ve got a commenting conscience, so maybe he or she will tell me when it’s OK for me watch? I’m thinking tomorrow sometime.
I did TiVo the races, and that feels a little like cheating. Another item for the confession list?
The Blood-Horse tells us that a North American betting record was set at Santa Anita on Friday; Steve Crist tells us that
In total, intrarace betting on the three races moved from Saturday to Friday was
$18.8 million, down 31 percent from Monmouth in 2007 ($27.6 million) and
down 44 percent from Churchill Downs in 2006 ($34.0 million). (Crist Blog)
Ed DeRosa at Thoroughbred Times tells us that attendance was up 3,400 from last year’s Friday event at Monmouth.
The Friday card last year was run in torrential rain and temperatures in the high sixties/low seventies. Yesterday’s card was run, according to weather.com, in glorious sunshine and temperatures in the eighties.
Listening to NPR this morning, I heard not only a headline in the news broadcast about yesterday’s races, but also a clip from a correspondent there. That’s good news, right?
I’m off to Belmont later this morning, to check out my hometown horses, watch the races from California, and attend Evening Attire’s retirement party. Details of the event and the schedule are available in Jenny Kellner’s article on the NYRA website.