Over at r2 Dana wrote an absolutely excellent post on race replays. Replays were voted as the #2 innovation this decade by industry panelists. The history of them are pretty cool and she touches all the bases. I remember PTP reader "whip" being a huge replay follower and taping them on his VCR back in the 1990's. He would always have a trip note gem or two from them. Nowadays? Not so much.... we can watch replays in many of the areas Dana touches on.
Darryl Kaplan at Standardbred Canada has a festive poem up, on racing, and its hopeful growth. There are plenty of inside jokes (and obvious ones too) about racing in general. I found it a great read, and got a chuckle or two.
How The Grinch Stole Racing
Every Bettor down in Bet-Ville liked the racetrack a lot; but the Grinch, just North of Bet-ville, oh no, he DID NOT!
He stood there with a grimace and a snarl on his face; he looked at the Bettors and called them 'a disgrace'.
“I must force them all to just leave me to be, so I can finally shut the doors and throw away the key!
“I’ll watch the pretty horses and train them to pace; but those Bettors, oh those Bettors, get away from my race!
“With their figuring and biggering and messy program scrunching, with their deciding and devising and their tickets always punching.
“And the noise, oh the noise, I can’t deal with the noise! They’re the lewdest and the crudest, like loud little boys.
“I'll teach them a lesson and kick them out the door; I'll let them play poker and spend their pennies offshore.”
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