New York Showcase Day!

How do I love thee, New York Showcase Day? Let me count the ways!

Tomorrow at Belmont Park is all about New York, on and off the track. And having spent all but 10 years of my life here, I am rather an unabashed cheerleader for all things Empire State.

(OK, maybe not all things. Not our state government, for one.)

And really, on Showcase Day, what’s not to love?

First of all, there’s free wine: five New York wineries will have a tasting in the lobby of the clubhouse. In the grandstand, visitors will find cheese, fruit spreads, and jams, to taste and to buy.

Out in the backyard, families will find a scavenger hunt, a hayride and pumpkin patch, face painting, a pumpkin carver, and pony rides and much more…all FREE for children 12 and under (think of all that money you’ll save for gambling).

On the track, the New York-breds will take center stage. So fine, Haynesfield, you go to Kentucky and tangle in open company (sniff.  Open company? They’ll just let anyone in…) and we’ll stay home at Belmont…and be really, really, really glad that you’re not here, too.

But even without him, the card is full of Backstretch and New York favorites, with no shortage of hunch betting opportunities with which to avail ourselves.

Be Bullish, claimed from Scott Schwartz at Saratoga this summer, comes back to Belmont from his new Finger Lakes home to run in the Hudson; he was fourth in the 2007 Sleepy Hollow (another Showcase Day fixture) to Giant Moon, and ran last year in this race, not faring too well.  Perhaps the third Showcase time is the charm.

Hessonite, last seen breaking her maiden at Belmont on September 18th, makes her third lifetime start in the Maid of the Mist, named for the steamboats that operated on Niagara River in western New York.


In the second race, a maiden race, how can you not bet Adirondack Summer, making his first lifetime start on New York Showcase Day?

And in the Mohawk, can you really overlook Spa City Fever?

And in the Maid of the Mist, don’t you ignore Ausable Chasm at your peril?

I’d like to thank personally the connections of Giant Moon, Wishful Tomcat, Naughty New Yorker, Ruffino, and Icabad Crane for offering the chance to bet the perfect Brother Backstretch five-horse dime super (three horses on top, those three + two more in each subsequent spot–$7.20) with five horses I love to see run.

Giant Moon will be hoping to make it two-for-two on Showcase Days; on the day after the Jockey Club Gold Cup, Rick Schosberg wrote, “Moon’s happy!” Much as Schosberg admires Haynesfield and assistant trainer Toby Sheets, both he and his horse will be quite happy to watch Haynesfield run in two weeks, rather than tomorrow.

Wishful Tomcat—‘nuff said, right?

Wishful Tomcat

Naughty New Yorker—ditto. But come on…Naughty NEW YORKER?

Naughty New Yorker ran in the 2004 Sleepy Hollow as a maiden; it was his fourth start, and he finished second, 7 ½ lengths behind Galloping Grocer (remember him?) and 2 ¼ lengths in front of Carminooch (remember him?).

He raced in the Empire Classic the next year, finishing sixth (Spite the Devil won); he was sixth again the next year. Fourth in 2007, he didn’t run in the race in 2008, and last year he finished fifth.  Maybe the sixth time is the charm?

Jim Bond’s super-game Ruffino finished less than a length behind Haynesfield in this race last year; a lightly raced seven-year-old, from 18 starts he’s got a record of 8-4-3.

It’s too bad that Icabad Crane’s not a perennial two-year-old, because with that name, he really should be racing in the Sleepy Hollow.  And while, full disclosure, he’s not up there in my racing heart with those other four, on New York Showcase Day, how do you not include a horse named for a New York literary legend?

And then, of course, there’s my Crazy Catlady, who’s never run on Showcase Day and who has raced so well in her three starts this year; she’s got two thirds and a fourth, but has been beaten by less than four lengths altogether. She apparently comes by her name honestly; she’s a daughter of Freud (Storm Cat) and Lady Groush, and according to her owner, she exhibited some less-than-totally-rational behavior in her earlier years.

Now, she welcomes visitors to her stall, gentle and affectionate; on the racetrack, she’s game and determined.  And at this point, overdue for a win. Let’s hope that she rewards her connections’ faith.

In a bit of terribly practical news—and I do mean terribly—the Long Island Rail Road is essentially out of commission this weekend, so those of you who usually get to Belmont via the Queens Village station are pretty much entirely out of luck.

NYRA has suspended its shuttle bus from Queens Village to the track, and instead will provide a free shuttle between the Jamaica station and Belmont.  The bus will pick up visitors at noon at Jamaica, and return from Belmont Park’s center gate at 6:15 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday.

Many thanks to Daily Racing Form for past performance information.

I Heart NY image from Logo Buzz.

12 thoughts on “New York Showcase Day!

  1. Ah, didn’t realize that was a Dee Tee horse! She’s going to have to pick up her game to threaten, based on last race.

  2. So agree, Dana. And it is with no small bit of trepidation that I used it, given that it is so explicitly NOT in public domain (NYC doesn’t allow its use)…but really, it was irresistible!

  3. I’m not really the logo police, BUT I must correct your reference to, and follow-up comment on, the I Love NY logo and add a serious caution about its use without permission. It was NOT designed for, nor is it used exclusively by, New York City! The logo designed by Mr. Glaser was done for the New York STATE Department of Economic Development (NYSDED) in 1977 for its STATEWIDE tourism promotion campaign and is still revered and used by the state for this purpose. NYSDED holds the rights to the logo and its use, so you are correct that it is not in the public domain and, accordingly, your trepidation should not be small. (I note you omitted the registered mark symbol – not a good idea either.) I know slightly more about horse racing than I do about NYS and tourism promotion in the state, which is rather a lot, so trust me on this one. If NYRA wanted to use it in connection with the New York Showcase Day, they’d need permission from NYSDED, as well. The I Love NY logo has been an iconic symbol for 33 years (and counting) that has a real value to the State, its 11 tourism regions and 62 counties that use it in conjunction with their annual tourism promotion efforts. Tourism is a multi-billion dollar industry in NYS, so the integrity of the logo and its use is tightly controlled and licensed accordingly.

    • Leslie,

      All duly noted, cautions which I take seriously. I did not omit the registered trademark symbol–I deliberately sought an image that didn’t have one, thinking, hoping that perhaps the logo was slightly modified and not in fact in violation.

      As a teacher, I work rigorously with my students to work within copyright, fair use, and intellectual conventions.

      It sounds as though you’re saying that any reproduction of any version of the logo violates–copyright law? And that I should remove it. Yes?

  4. I’ve heard, Linda, that the injury isn’t serious. He was already slated to go in November sale, anyway; this would have been his last race. He’s certainly earned the retirement!

  5. Theresa: Thought this might amuse (if anything causes offense, apologies in advance. Humor is my sole intent).

    Looking at our other posters’ missives, boy, do I hope you have “paragraph separation.” If this arrives all in one heap, obviously, it was not intended to be.

    Hope you enjoyed NYSD. I was saddened that so fewer vendors were present, as opposed to earlier editions.

    Don Reed


    Today was NY Showcase Day. Enough about our opinions; this was the opportunity to ask the female fans at Belmont Park how they felt about the Churchill Downs ad.

    It wasn’t my day – I’ll explain – so getting involved with the surveying, fortunately, also distracted me from temptation. As a gag, $2 was bet to win on every horse in the 5th race. Return: $8.50. If it had been my day, the inspiration would have been $2 to PLACE (Joe Aquilino’s Majestic Raffy finished 2nd at 131-1 & paid $95.50).


    Survey #1: I didn’t happen to notice the Teamster logo on her sweatshirt & she broke my nose.

    With her binoculars.

    Survey #2: She liked the ad & then borrowed $20 from me for the upcoming 3rd race.

    (“Honest,” she’s going to pay me back on Tuesday.)

    Survey #3: An attractive candidate was avoided at the last second when I recognized her as an old girlfriend from college (it had ended badly).

    Survey #4: A female teller’s response was civil, yet discernibly cool. The ticket she sold me was a winner in Race 3 – until I noticed on the way to cashing it that she had sold me a bet for tonight’s 8th race at Woodbine (harness).

    Musta been an honest mistake.

    Survey #5: Wanting to continue to upgrade the survey with women blessed with successful careers, I asked Gil’s wife. I think her response was colored by the time years ago when I needled Gil that he shared his Polk Journalism Award with a notorious previous honoree whose dispatches were later exposed as fairy tales.

    (Her irritation is understandable. Walter Duranty had received a Pulitzer Prize.)

    Survey #6: Continuing with the successful-achiever angle, I asked another female teller if she’d like a trip to Europe (I was getting bored with the original gambit).

    We sail a week from tomorrow (how to tell the missus?).

    Survey #7: Still somewhat bored, I smashed the interviewing glass ceiling & asked a young man who was getting on the elevator at the paddock level. His oddly effeminate response:

    “I’m having a sex change on Wednesday. Can you ask me that again on Friday?”

    Survey #8: I did look for that unforgettable lady, a Belmont paddock regular, last seen in a state of sublime semi-consciousness at a bar in Saratoga on August 2nd.

    She wasn’t in today.

    Survey #9: Resulted not in the asking of a question.

    Rather, on the way out the door after the 7th race, it was immensely satisfying to be able to shake the hand of a great retired jockey, Richard Migliore – thanking him for “everything” – & to see his gratified smile, in return.

    (It is simply murder to see racing’s most articulate spokesman sitting on the media sidelines at the same time that far lesser-talented people have been hired, instead.)

    Survey #10: Not wanting to skew the results by asking only ladies at the race track, when we got into Manhattan, I stopped by the CBS theatre on Broadway & asked the obviously eligible members (this excluded only two employees hired by Mr. David Letterman since 1991) what they thought.

    They unanimously responded with heartfelt endorsements & avidly expressed the desire to pose for any subsequent editions of the ad campaign.

    (When I showed them the Australian ad, they showered me with affection & a life-time free pass to the show, entrance, back-stage door.)

    Louisville, the ball is in your court.

  6. Uh, DJLoo, didn’t take my own advice and didn’t bet the horse. Brilliant, right?

    Don: Nothing offends. But I also rather miss the point of this missive, and I’m not sure why you wanted to cross-post an identical comment at the Paulick Report and at Big Event Blog. And perhaps elsewhere?

    As for Mr. Migliore, from what I understand (from him), he’s doing exactly what he wants these days.

  7. Sorry to be so long to respond, Teresa. While I do appreciate your desire to use the logo in this case, since it is being used in support of New York State and its homebred thoroughbreds on NYRA’s Showcase Day at Belmont Park (admirable, in my view – I like the tourism tie-in with racing), I think it would be advisable to determine whether permission from the copyright holder (NYSDED) is needed in this application.

    Omitting the “R” in a circle (registered mark) doesn’t really avoid the question of ownership/permitted use because it’s the logo itself, as shown in your post that is registered. The graphics are the original heart design, font and format and inclusion of the circled “R” with the logo image merely signifies that it is the registered mark.

    My further thought is that because your blog falls into the realm of being a “media outlet” and you are using the logo in an editorial context in connection with your reporting on NYRA’s Showcase Day promoting New York State-bred horses at Belmont Park, and not as an endorsement of, or promotion for, your blog specifically, you might have the right to use the logo without specific permission from NYSDED, but with the circled “R” included along with a credit line (usually seen in teeny, tiny type) indicating the ownership of the mark. I do know it’s NYSDED (and not Logo Buzz) who owns it – with or without the circled “R”.

    I’d suggest inquiring whether your use is permissible from NYSDED’s legal office (the real I Love NY logo police), just to be safe. They are the folks who monitor appropriate use of the logo by other public and private sector promotional partners, especially vendors whose items they license to carry the logo for commercial purposes, and those who use it without permission. They’re generally reasonable people and can tell you whether yours is a permissable use and, if so, the exact language needed for the credit line. The worst they can say is “no,” but I tend to think, as a media outlet, you’d be safe with the “R” and the credit line added.

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