You heard it here first a week or so ago. Yesterday, the IRB denied AP's request to run fewer than 8 races per card. It is expected they will next request to cancel the upcoming Thursday dates and all of September. I expect the IRB to come back with the same response to those requests.
CDI isn't the only one who holds some blame here. Start w/ the legislature who failed to renew the ADW bill in a timely manner last year and cost the horseman's fund nearly a million dollars which has impacted availability of vets and stewards. The horsemen themselves have waged war w/ CDI. And then back to Springfield where the inability to allow the tracks any way to generate additional purse monies while other states (starting w/ Indiana) have slot fed purses. AP is not the only horse racing in IL, although they do get the prime dates, and the other tracks are struggling right beside them.
I do fault CDI for making AP a less than patron-friendly environment. The park area, my stomping grounds on Friday for the last 20 years or so, is now about 2/3 reserved and chained off. Admission prices through the roof. DJs instead of bands on Fridays. No player program. Charging to bring in coolers of food and soft drinks. People used to bring families out for a reasonable cost and enjoy some racing and sunshine on the weekends but those numbers grow fewer as CDI finds new ways to nickel and dime the patrons. On Derby Day it was hard to believe they were owned by the same organization hosting the main event. Two bars selling juleps in the entire place with 30 minute lines, AND they ran out of glasses. Grossly understaffed in general with long lines at the windows and drink outlets.
Arlington is petitioning the IRB to run less than the required 8 races per card, and to cancel the Thursday dates in July. it's also rumored that they are going to petition to cancel ALL September dates. This is mostly due to the fact they can't get anyone to run for the pittance purses being offered. The local horsemen are not happy about other things as well. The training track is only open 5 days a week, so anyone wishing to work out on the other two have to use the main track. That requires a trip from the stables across the lot, and then a run on what is being called a "very thin" polytrack. Supposedly AM breakdowns are up, but hard to say if that's the result of the training conditions or the general (lack of ) quality in the animals being entered here.
Illinois racing is in pretty bad shape and not looking to get better any time soon.
You could have just stopped at "Why would I read anything"? It's already pretty well established how mis-informed you are on anything not discussed on TMZ.
Hey, I managed to see the race, too. Was stunned it didn't spit the bit in the stretch. My new strategy for the triple crown will be to bet everything on my pick to place - had I done that this year I'd be up a few thousand.
Now the question is - will this animal run the rest of its 3yo campaign, or is it off to the sheds?
I've thrown him out of the last two, why stop now? Seriously, I think the three I named have enough step to be waiting for him to tire in the stretch and then duel the last 16th. And obviously I like the value offered with AP not hitting the board! Now just to figure out where to watch it, I'll be at a beer festival in Indiana which is scheduled from 1-7, and of course there's a little hockey game after it as well....on NBC, no less. Maybe Slowfla can look up the ratings on the last two races if he can't muster up a pick for the race.
Glanced at the form earlier. If it's a dry track, I'll look at boxing Frosted, Keen Ice, and Materiality in the exacta and tri. I probably lean to the last horse overall. If it's messy - we probably have a long awaited triple crown winner in AP, although Tale of Verve showed it could save ground in the slop at Pimlico 3 weeks ago; didn't notice if there were any other mudders that might like to play in that, though.
You next, Slowfla...
Well, I should have cancelled all my tickets when I saw the track conditions. Race was over before they hit the turn. I think Tale of Verve is for real and that late step will be a big factor when they stretch out to a mile and a half in 3 weeks.
I've only glanced at the form, I like Firing Line a lot with the race shortening up a 1/2 furlong, and AP will need a great break to not have to come through a lot of traffic from the 1 hole. The newly broken maiden, Tale of Verve, is intriguing with a great time in it's last at Kee and a good work at CD. I recall a similar entry by the name of Bernardini in this race in 2006 that took the field by surprise. Probably can't count on American Pharoah to break the gate before the start like Barbaro, though.
I'll look at it more in depth tonight and update if I get a chance, but I'm leaning towards 8 with 1/2/5 for the perfecta and tri,, and might bet a little beak money on the 5 if the price is 10-1 or better when I hit the OTB in the morning.
Kinda late for your gloom and doom. Nice try but brutal for you with the stock trading 12X your target. I'm guessing the record attendance will just be another thing you have to swallow this weekend.
I think Greyhound is offering free wi-fi now. How bennie lugs that donated salvation army computer on the bus and finds a power source is another question.
Maybe he and Sofia are traveling together and they'll join the six foot high club somewhere between Kansas City and St. Louis.
I'll give Benny a teaser on this one.
Over 170K +130
Under 165K +110
And here sofa thought the high point of the weekend would be all the cars to count!
He lies about attending the Derby, then has to create a substantially larger - and easier to dis-prove - lie about why he isn't going. For someone who lies so much he doesn't seem very good at it.