RAVE REVIEWS FOR THE REVENUES
Reports continue to circulate regarding what seems to be
an impressive initial showing for the first crop of the
imported Revenue. In fact so much so that it’s necessary
to keep a lid on the expectations level as some signs suggest
that what was hoped for with his importation could be on
the verge of happening.
Of course it’s still very early and nobody is going
those :27 quarters but it does appear that many Revenues
are uniformly good gaited and willing which is all you could
ask at this stage.
In short, they seem to be doing hitched up what it looked
like they could do on the promotional yearling videos.
While Revenue is French sired by an International champion
named Rev D’Udon, his maternal side is pure American
stemming from Scotch Love one of the few mares to ever produce
TWO Hambletonian champions in all time great Speedy Scot
and his brother Speedy Streak. Speedy Scot of course is
the sire of Speedy Crown and Arnie Almahurst who dominated
things for quite a spell.
Interestingly Revenue is not the only performer from his
Sugarcane Hanover dam Helen Sund (Nevele Pride-Rare Chance).
In addition to Revenue, Helen Sund has Face The Enemy 1:57.2
by Viking Kronos, Glee Face 1:57.4 by Enjoy Lavec and Face
The Freak (Pine Chip) 1:58.2 all European records from last
year and probably further updated further by now.
BY THE NUMBERS
Let me get this straight. A slot machine is programmed to
pay off at 92% presumably within each 24hour period. That
being the case, than if one were to commandeer the same
machine for 24 hours, then the most one can lose is 8% of
the bankroll assuming a consistency of play within that
Try playing the same pari-mutuel machine for 24 hours and
see what happens.
Toss in a few free drinks, a nice ambiance and it’s
not hard to understand the lure of the slots.
HOLD EM TEXAS
There’s a watering hole in Spring Lake Heights where
TEXAS HOLD EM is played on screen via a what’s called
a buzz time playmaker. Generally there’s a half dozen
or so regular players active about the same time each night
with the generational breakdown being as follows.
Two guys appear to be in their mid 50’s. One guy
looks past 60. At least of two of the players and sometimes
three seem well below 40 and probably closer to 30. And
from time to time a comely young lady who can’t possibly
be above 40 will sit in.
Don’t know what to make of it but it’s about
the same generational complexion of the crowds I remember
from Roosevelt and Yonkers in the 60’s.
Read somewhere that a track was able to reduce the post
one dominance via allocation of that slot to the lesser
Well yeah, but one wonders how the percentages held up
when horses that figured drew the coveted starting spot..
Noticed that 85% of those polled thought racetracks should
be compelled to release attendance and handle figures.
With all due respect just as most product manufacturers
need input from the sales outlet, the same applies us manufacturers
of the racehorse product.
If the Meadowlands is “losing money” why is
it referred to as “The World’s Greatest Marketplace”?
Why is that owners line still omitted from sales company
past performance booklets? It’s not like the information
is not readily accessible via USTA pathway.
What’s the rationale for the excess time between
races at a major track these nights?
Surely there can’t be that much congestion at the
Isn’t the real question regarding the cannibalization
issue in racinos, whether or not the track handle would
be declining at a similar rate without the slots?
Why aren’t guys like Wally Rottkamp, Bruce Gordon,
Barry Meadow. Warren Pack, Jack Kiser, Woody Lawlis and
others not in the “COMMUNICATOR’S HALL OF FAME?