Spring break is over. The inner track is closed. The Wood Memorial is less than a week away. All the signs are there…but spring is staying stubbornly away from New York, and if, as the weather forecast indicates, April showers bring May flowers, they will most certainly not bring turf racing back to New York, despite the races carded for the grass later this week.
Another sign of spring is the sight of foals gamboling in their fields, and the folks at the New York-Bred newsletter have obligingly provided us with plenty of photos of foals in their on-line Foaling Barn. Check out babies by Bernardini, Hook and Ladder, and New York leading sire Freud; this perky filly is by Friendly Island, out of Distinctive Miss, and she was foaled on January 11th at Sugar Maple Farm.
A month from yesterday, racing moves from the winter track at Aqueduct to the green (we hope) of Belmont, and in light of the MTA’s decision to ax the train to Belmont, PowerCap has helpfully offered a walking map from the closest train station to the track. Save this; you’ll need it.
In other transport news, if you’re thinking of heading to the Wood Memorial this weekend, be aware of some major service changes on the A line. Due to weekend track work, the A train will not be running through much of Brooklyn. Anyone beginning a journey west of Jay St./Borough Hall in Brooklyn needs to build in extra time to get to Aqueduct, and you’ve got two options:
1) Take the A to Jay Street, transfer to the shuttle bus to Utica Avenue, and then get back on the train.
2) Take the L to Broadway Junction and transfer there to the A.
I’m not sure how much longer it will all take, but I’d plan on at least an additional thirty minutes.
Finally, in an utterly bizarre instance of worlds colliding, this morning at church the sermon used as its starting point Jack Dreyfus’s recent death. There wasn’t a lot of racing content, but I gotta tell you, the priest sure got my attention when he began, “I want to read to you from Jack Dreyfus’s obituary in the New York Times.” Amen!