NYRA's Chief Operating Officer Hal Handel (the CEO in waiting in the view of one reader), will be hosting a live web chat tonight; so here's the chance for all you anonymous NYRA-haters to have at him. Here's the link. This is your shot, no excuses (unless you're going to see the legendary Mission of Burma at Bowery Ballroom, as I am).
I'm rather surprised that racing resumed here today given the freezing temperatures and howling winds here in the city today. Things started with a bang as Shoe Babe ($37.60) edged 3-5 favorite Sunday In Malibu in the opener. The winner was shipping in from Philly Park, where she ran in the same 25K NW3L class in her last race, but for a $27,000 purse rather than the $22,000 purse today. What's wrong with that picture?
I'm apparently not the only one who's finding it hard to look past the governor's role in the Aqueduct/NYRA mess; at least according to the local Queens Chronicle.
Though the governor remains unpopular, his favorability ratings are edging up because of his newfound fiscal restraint and focus on ethics reform. But many Queens residents and officials including fellow Democrats such as state Sen. Joe Addabbo Jr. of Howard Beach have had it up to here waiting for Paterson and legislative leaders to pick a vendor for the redevelopment of Aqueduct Race Track.
The ongoing delay saps any support Paterson has here and increases the once-remote possibility that Belmont could see lucrative video lottery terminals installed before Aqueduct. A scenario in which the eastern Long Island Shinnecock Indians could build a racino at Belmont, just over the border in Nassau, seems less the stuff of fiction than it had, as the tribe is racing to win the federal recognition it needs for gaming operations, while the Aqueduct plan remains stuck in the gate in Albany.