May

Happy Preakness Week

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Happy Preakness Week

Clearly distracted by the NYRA events of the week past, I failed to wish everyone a happy, merry, and profitable triple crown season.   So, to make amends, let me start by wishing you and yours a happy triple crown season and much success in the racing year ahead. Preakness week always seems to sneak up on me - only two weeks after the Derby, it always seems as if they have just crossed the finish line and then are back in the gate for the second leg of the triple crown.  While the Derby is a lot of fun to bet and watch, the Preakness typically offers a truer reflection of the talent levels of the runners, mostly because the field is usually a manageable size and doesn't present as many excuses as does the Derby.   Not needing any excuses, Tone-lov hit it big with his call of I'll Have Another two weeks prior to the Derby - focus, focus, focus is the take-away from that experience.  Focus on having another cocktail, focus on people who have a definite opinion about the Derby, and focus on having another cocktail.   Did I already say that? . . .  what was that take-away again? ...never ...

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No More Nattering Nabobs of Negativism?

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No More Nattering Nabobs of Negativism?

I was recently reminded of the great term that was coined by William Safire when he was a speech writer for Spiro Agnew and the Nixon administration -- nattering nabobs of negativism.   I thought it would be great to use it so that I could point out how such recent and upcoming events as Spring having sprung, the Triple Crown season arriving, our horses hitting the track, would all serve as a great counter to all the negative people we meet and see on a daily basis.   Well, blah, blah, blah - guess what happens?  The arrogant, smug, and now apparently crooked leader of NYRA has opened up the franchise to investigation by a Governor who was just looking for a reason to take control of all gaming in the State.   Not only does Cuomo want to take control of gaming, he has no interest whatsoever in the racing game itself, rather his priority is the money that will be generated from casino gaming.   If he has to trod over thousands of farm owners and workers, race track operators and their employees, as well as owners and breeders, so what?   If the breathing room that was negotiated when NYRA resolved ...

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