I am here at the meeting and reporting, as cub reporters do. I present my notes from today's NYRA board meeting. Some of these things clearly didn't come across in the video and my twitter is broken. I describe them here, for you.
2:08 PM - Meeting called to order, new NYRA chair - that doesn't know much about racings internal situation - is still milling around, talking to people.
2:09 PM - New NYRA Chair introduces himself and shakes hands with Joe Drape. Crowd hisses. NYRA Chair looks confused.
2:10 PM - Ray Paulick shows up in gym shorts.
2:12 PM - Steve Byk enters, and proclaims "It's going to be a great year for NYRA"
2:14 PM - O Crunk enters
2:15 PM - O Crunk escorted out
2:16 - Tom LaMarra seen handicapping the sixth at Turfway Park. Serling tells him he likes the four on the turnback.
2:17 PM - Brooklyn Backstrech is collecting for the Toys For Tots backstretch Christmas fund. Mike Repole gives her a fifty.
2:18 PM - Lasix ban mentioned. Trainers huddle up, and exclaim "no, not at this time". Repole nods.
2:19 PM - Fireworks! Todd Pletcher enters, meets @notthetoddster, freaks out because they have exactly the same haircut.
2:22 PM - Maggie Wolfendale seen writing twitter posts, types "Jerry Bossert looking fit, he could like the distance"
2:23 PM - Andy Beyer comes in, drops a signed copy of Beyer on Speed in the Toys For Tots box.
2:24 PM - Allan Mann seen listening to his iPod, having a fruit smoothy with that James Odato guy. One straw
2:29 PM - NYRA financials presented. Man in crowd wearing a "2016 Cuomo" pin shouts, "Fraud". Man escorted out to sit with O Crunk.
2:31 PM - Takeout changes discussed. Steve Crist says he doesn't know anything about them.
2:33 PM - Ray Paulick seen signing autographs, "Kevin Bacon"
2:34 PM - Sid Fernando comes in late. Had to wait for his take out Thai dish from Park Slope.
2:36 PM - Nick Kling getting unruly, smoking a Cuban. Escorted out to sit with O Crunk and the "Cuomo 2016" guy.
2:40 PM - Man asks for OTB's to be re-opened. Crowd pelts him with finger sandwiches and other meeting buffet fare.
2:42 PM - Slots budget for 2013 presented. Eight hundred thousand million earmarked for purses, $927.16 slated for "Free Andy Serling Poster Day" for customers. Everyone looks happy with the 2013 split.
2:44 PM - Some woman asks Ray Paulick to dance like he danced to "Let's Hear it For the Boy". Replies "Later sweetheart"
2:52 PM - Someone looks over his shoulder and catches Joe Drape's next byline: "mangled meetings, maimed executives". Crowd buzzes.
2:55 PM - A throng of Asian men enter, surrounding a man in a white suit. The crowd goes wild. The man in the suit is none other than Bill Nader. "I'm coming back to become President" he bellows.
2:58 PM - The wires hum. Paulick contacts the guy who really runs the Paulick Report - Brad "Louisville GOP" Cummings. Mann turns off his iPod, Brooklyn Backstretch opens her iPad. Others too open Apple devices to report the news.
2:59 PM - O Crunk let back in. Nader says "I like your stuff on twitter. I want to make you my Vice President". O Crunk says he'll think about it. Nick Kling let back in, too. "Good to see you again Nick" says Nader. Bobby Flay presents Nader with a specially made cob salad. It's a joyous time. Festive atmosphere right now.
3 PM - New NYRA Chair says "Meeting adjourned for three weeks", and asks "Who's Bill Nader?"
Me, PTP your cub reporter, will be here in three weeks, reporting as accurately as I did today. It's never a dull day at a NYRA meeting.