MTA updated their service advisories for the week. Nothing to get in the way of our planned endeavor. Still seeking 1-3 more folks to be part of the adventure.
I’m excited, knowing this will actually be done and documented, and I feel like it really will be the first of a good series of adventures.
Tomorrow night I’m going to the Baggott to see Bettina Schelker…might even get a few camera shots in. Yes, i’m being brave. I don’t know how the flash is going to react.
I’m checking out Yonkers Raceway for attendings and wagering. I have this urge to want to go there every other month, while I have my other bimonthly gig at either Aqueduct or Belmont Park, whichever is open. Dad liked the horses in both forms, whether standardbred or thoroughbred. Back in the days of the late 70’s…..there existed “Racing From.. (fill in the track name) “ of the active local track. It was a decent ‘tape-delay’ program, where you’d see a short feature on a horse or notable figure in racing, and the running and post parade of the featured race, plus the race after (usually 8th and 9th). The races were probably an hour old when the show came on but it was still fun to watch. Charlsie Cantey, Frank Wright and then-track announcer Marshall Cassidy hosted the show. Alongside that show, airing late on channel 9, was Racing From … (Yonkers or Roosevelt)….where the standardbreds would be showcased in 4 races from earlier that evening. Stan Bergstein and Spencer Ross (a TV/radio vet) cohosted. Dad and I would often try to pick winners with these shows. The latter show would often be accompanied by (yikes) disco music of the day. For a slice of how the show aired, check out http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DHexkk8Xhl0
As for Yonkers, I really need to doublecheck the travel there and also how to properly handicap those horses; different ballgame than thoroughbreds, but I’m sure I’ll pick up on that. Tentatively planning to go on one Saturday in February. My date at Aqueduct is 1/19.