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Sorry Triple Threat to hear a sad on track experience, but this action occurs to often and is a reason less people want to come out the track.
Your experience paralleled most Friday Nights at Hollywood Park at WHITINGHAM'S PUB
I have watched too many times:
- Racing Forums stolen
- People Chairs stolen
- People FULL BEERS stolen
- And one of the worst things which happened all too often, people would leave to go make their bets, and come to find their paperwork thrown to the ground, racing forum and programs stolen, and their tables and chairs stolen and located elsewhere.
Yet another reason people are churning away from the on track experience........................
back in the day at caliente they had tables just inside the grandstand and waiters came around all day and were sure to keep you in food and drink. rare that you didnt see a movie star or two every saturday and sunday. place was packed and was safe in every respect. just like everything else the world has gone down the tubes.
this wasn't during live racing, but on a simulcast day. This young couple walked into the OTB and started betting pretty big, $100 win bets on 30/1 shots and stuff like that. They were so loud and obnoxious and with only a handful of us other players in there they were really bothering everyone. So the lady next to me, probably 70 years old buys a pizza and as she sets it on her table, she goes to get some parmesan cheese to sprinkle on top. I get up to make my bet, we come back and her pizza is gone. We look over and the "lady" from this couple has the pizza box in her hand and both she and her man friend are eating a slice. figuratively just walked up and stole the old ladies pizza and started eating it. Security came over and asked them about it and they said "It was just sitting there, we figured nobody wanted it."
From an Old Thread..
My JohnM Story
Postby Joel » Mon Jan 03, 2011 9:58 am
Several years ago, I found myself flying to New York for business. John had offered me to stay in their home, but I didn't want to impose and I thought it would just be easier to stay at the Hilton by the Newark airport. John and his wife Mari went WAY out of their way to drive from Staten Island to pick me up at my hotel and we drove to the Meadowlands racetrack for OTB action during the day, and some buggies at night, and then drove me back to my hotel. True chauffeur service.
During the trip, they would not let me pay for ANYTHING. No matter how many times I offered. Food, drinks, admissions, parking, programs, etc. were picked up by them since they explained that I was their guest. The only thing they let me pay for was my betting.
Anyone who was lucky enough to spend any time with John and Mari know that they were a riot to be around. "Real" New Yorkers. They would go back and forth and both had a great sense of humour. I'm sure Vince, Bloker, Mary, etc. would say the same.
So, we are sitting at a table in the huge Meadowlands grandstand betting SoCal, Florida, New York. All the tracks. We come to the discussion of the "always bet the higher price of the Baffert horses" angle, which was very prevalent at the time. The next race at Santa Anita had two Baffert horses..one the 2/1 favourite and the other a 16/1 longshot. As we came back to our seats, we notice this young lady (John had later deemed her an "Assistant Crack Whore") was in the process of stealing our coats.
When John noticed this, he figuratively jumped and ran at her like Carl Lewis. Now John was a very big guy. He caught her as she was leaving with our coats..her explanation "I thought some people had left them there". John let her go with a few choice words, and he made me laugh after the incident when he told me "Welcome to New Jersey".
Now the funny/sad part of the story..during the commotion, we missed betting the Santa Anita race, and as you guessed it..Baffert runs 1-2 with the 16/1 horse over the 2/1 horse..the "Assistant Crack Whore" thief cost us some VERY nice payouts..
Sweet Jesus, JohnM, he loved New York racing, he loved New Jersey racing, he loved Cali racing – HE LOVED RACING… He REALLY loved the bridgejumpers… He even shared a birthday with The Mig!! Always give him a mental “tip of the hat” every time the other Baffert comes in cause know he’s watching, maybe he’s up there helping to push the mopes off the bridges, who knows lol… RIP big guy WE MISS YOU!!!
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