- A couple of quickies before I'm off to opening night at the Garden, Rangers hosting the Florida Panthers!
When I mentioned that first race on Wednesday in which Indian Hawke was extremely well-bet in winning by 12, I of course didn't mean to imply any improprieties. But Jerry Bossert in the News reports that the stewards will review the race [Thursday] morning with several of the jockeys involved in the race. Two of the horses, Stonewood and Raceland, normally show speed that was absent in this case; and Bossert writes that Kent D, on Stonewood, gave a "lackluster performance."
- Reader Late Scratch mentioned the hard line taken by Charles Hayward regarding the possibility of no franchise deal being reached by 12/31. Hayward told the Saratogian that NYRA could reopen their land claim if there's no agreement by that date; and said that NYRA has no intention to let the state use its tracks to run racing.
"I wouldn't go to the $50 window that racing will be in existence Jan. 1 without an agreement here," said John Sabini, D-Queens, ranking minority member of the Senate Committee on Racing, Gaming and Wagering. "It's not a sure bet."Well, I'd actually be willing to make that bet.....at appropriate odds, anyway. More on this later, but it's time to drop the puck!