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July 18, 2011

"Encore, encore". Those were the words which were echoed one night when I was a young fellow in the Paris Opera House and just finished listening to a concert by the great pianist Arthur Rubenstein. He did seven encores that evening, each one better than the previous. Read More


The Best Rivalry No One Will See

July 15, 2011

Thoroughbred racing in America has yearned for a great rivalry since Affirmed and Alydar dueled with each other in the late 70s. That rivalry not only made the horses famous, but also put young jockey Steve Cauthen on the cover of Sports Illustrated and had the sporting world talking racing. This weekend the first great racing rivalry since that time, Blind Luck and Havre de Grace, will have a significant edition, but there is no television coverage beyond Simulcast or the limited audience of the very targeted racing channels on cable tv. Read More


1984 - Orwell and Oaklawn

July 12, 2011

When many of us were still of school age, we were fascinated by the work of George Orwell and his book, "1984". The book was written in 1948. It dealt with Big Brother watching over you and was a "must read" to many a "Baby-boomer". There were quite a few of us who really looked forward to the year 1984 and how close Orwell would be to correct. While Orwell missed by plenty, the year 1984 turned out to be a banner year at Oaklawn, hardly a thought of many who targeted 1984, thanks to Orwell. Instead 1984 at Oaklawn turned into a "record" year, some of which still stand. Read More


Fighting Back

July 10, 2011

Over the past week I philosophized about slumps and how to fight through them. Then, with Saturday's card, I had a momentary break. Much in the spirit of baseball's Derek Jeter, I celebrated a number of wins on Saturday and it is a day that stands out in recent memory. I hope you were along for the ride. Read More


Overcoming a Slump

July 07, 2011

There are basically three kinds of simulcast players: the player who is there everyday and seeks out the best plays from all the tracks; the player who limits himself or herself to one or two tracks and plays them religiously; and the weekend player who just goes for it. They all encounter slumps and have to figure out how to get through it. Read More

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