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Chat about horses, racing, and the industry.
"Horseracing is a fascinating sport and one I really enjoy working on." "Usually, behind each horse there's an interesting story, whether it involves the jockey, owner, trainer or bloodlines. Horses all have their own personalities and styles of running, and capturing them makes for an alluring telecast."
-Lesley Visser in 2002
"Horses are like strawberries - they can spoil overnight..."
Charles Edward Whittingham (April 13, 1913 - April 20, 1999)
"A racetrack is a place where windows clean people."
"A profit at the race track isn't a profit until you spend it somewhere else."
"People with the money get the experience and people with the experience get the money."
"Kids, in this business, keep your eyes and ears open and your mouth shut."
Jerry Dutton speaking to a couple grooms working for him ~1975 named Jeff Bonde and Jerry Hollendorfer
My 2nd favourite quote:
"This Turn System benefits owners. The owners invest in the business of racing, and get fat from the mutuel pool by betting on the premeditated outcomes of their horses. The Turn System is the pillar of the business of horse racing."
--Robert "Clockerbob" Kachur
-- Mark Twain
Conversely, as in the FF, horse races make differences of opinion.
"Peace is that brief glorious moment in history when everybody stands around reloading."
-- Thomas Jefferson
The first favourite was never heard of,
the second favourite was never seen after the distance post,
all the ten-to-oners were in the rear,
and a dark horse which had never been thought of,
and which the careless St. James had never even observed in the list,
rushed past the grand stand in sweeping triumph.
-- Benjamin Disraeli
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"Nothing goes right. I joined Gamblers Anonymous. They gave me two-to-one I don't make it." Rodney Dangerfield
"No one ever committed suicide with an unraced two year old in the barn"
Have heard several variations of this, don't know the origin, but seems to perfectly capture the game's usually futile optimism.
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