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Saturday, February 12, 2005

NYRA Gets into Gouging Game

- After long holding the line on Belmont Stakes admission prices, NYRA announced astronomical price increases for almost everything connected to this year’s final leg of the Triple Crown. NYRA would always proudly declare that it costs only two bucks to get into their highlight race of the year, but no more. The regular $2 admission fee will go up to $10, and the $5 clubhouse will soar to $20! You want seats? Better be prepared to dig deep. Read on. These prices are going up faster than the cost of the president’s Medicare prescription drug plan!

Oh, and one more thing. Forget about bringing your coolers with beer, no alcohol will be permitted:

Nader said the ban on alcoholic beverages was a result of several incidents at last year's Belmont, when a record 120,139 were in attendance. Another factor, Nader said, was the recent decision against concessionaire Aramark, which was found liable for $75 million in punitive damages after a fan at a New York Giants home football game in 1999 was charged with DWI in an accident that left a young girl paralyzed.[Daily Racing Form]
No word yet on how much it’ll cost you for a Bud Lite.

NYRA better hope that someone has their Triple Crown hopes alive...

- Derby hopeful High Fly goes to Nick Zito’s barn. [DRF] Tough break for his former trainer Bill White, who watched High Fly suffer through a horrible trip in the Holy Bull.

- Breeders Cup founder John Gaines dies at 76.

- With Roman Ruler expected to scratch, Consolidator will face only three rivals in the San Vicente.