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Friday, March 09, 2007

Notes - March 9

- Invasor worked five furlongs in 1:00.60 at Palm Meadows this morning.

- Gregory A. Hall, who does a great job reporting for the Louisville Courier-Journal, read further into the Magna-Churchill agreement and saw that the companies have agreed to explore the rebate market; and that Magna has agreed to not oppose any slots initiatives in Miami-Dade county. That's where Calder is located, not a half hour's drive from Gulfstream, so normally you would expect Magna to naturally oppose the competition. The companies also agreed to pursue legislation in Florida that would alter simulcasting rules and allow thoroughbred tracks to conduct live racing after 7 p.m.

Night racing at Gulfstream? That would have been an absurd idea when the old real Gulfstream existed with its lush backyard area. But now the place sounds just perfect for racing under the lights.

- Happy Birthday John Henry, 32 years old, and as mean and nasty as ever, according to the AP. And thanks to reader cookie jill for sending along this You Tube video of his thrilling stretch duel with Perrault and Laffit Pincay in the 1982 Santa Anita Handicap, which resulted in John Henry's win by disqualification. Enjoy.


AJ said...

I think Gulfstream night racing wouldn't be bad at all, and I agree that the new setup is what will allow it to work.

There's a fondness there as well for the old set up, with the folding chairs out there by the walking ring. Kinda homey and comfy. But I don't mind the new setup (at least, I don't mind it as much as Beyer).

The new saddling area it kinda cool and very comfortable. There might even be more room along the rail than there was before. And things are newer, and a bit classier. But I'll never forget the old track. She was my first . . . (sigh!)

suebroux said...

Night racing at Gulfstream? you question. Here's something else to speculate: A second Gulfstream meet ... additional live racing later in the year, perhaps. The thoughts of some individuals that I met (and I don't mean the tipsy bettors but actually racing folks in-the-know) ponder that Gulfstream may try to lure some racing dates from Calder because Gulfstream has slots.

alan said...

Sue - That sounds logical, but it would go against the warm and cuddliness of this agreement between the two. "Frankie, this could be the start of a beautiful friendship..."