Three horses break down at Aqueduct over the last week, but over two tracks—what does that mean? RIP, Megadiva; Yes She’s a Lady appeared to be OK after unseating Rajiv Maragh in the collision; both he and Winston Thompson were uninjured.
Decided in the paddock: put a great sports bar at the Big A. Good bar food, zillions of TVs with racing and football and Sunday hockey, and free drinks for women. It’ll be a gold mine. One horseman: “Get the women in here, and the men will follow.”
Using a betting machine on Sunday at the track was like playing roulette—or maybe a foreshadowing of VLTs? What numbers will come up? The first time I went to bet, the keypad for my PIN read:
A little startling, OK, but manageable. But then it got like one of those tests where if you get the first question right, the next ones get harder:
I’m pretty sure that the horses were still assigned the right post positions, though. It might have helped my wagering if they weren’t…
A plus of the inner track: five of nine races started in front of the grandstand.
Classic Dutrow: Reptilian Smarts wins by five on Thursday; comes back on Saturday and wins again.
A potentially sublime New York sports day: Belmont backstretch in the morning; Aqueduct in the afternoon; the Garden at night. The Rangers did not, unfortunately, oblige…