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Tuesday, June 30, 2009

A Night at the Races, Admirals Express

The people at Churchill Downs have gotten things right with their introduction of night racing once they got through the pains of the first week. This week Churchill Downs is offering childcare at the track. For a fee of $25 ($20 for each additional child), the kids get dinner, a tour of the track, pony rides and outdoor games from 5:00pm to 11:30pm. The event is open for children from 5 to 12 years old. Kudos to Churchill Downs; this is a great step towards making racing an acceptable entertainment option for families.

I suggest harness tracks that race on weekends during the summer months offer such programs.

One thing which may have escaped notice is Admirals Express' effort in the final race on NA Cup night at Mohawk. Admirals Express was previously retired but brought back as he supposedly missed racing. Well, to see a former FFA now racing in nw8000l6 races is embarrassing. At what point is enough enough? While not quite the same as seeing former Hambletonian winner Shiaway St Pat racing in $2,500 claimers, it is time to put an end to this. Time to send Admirals Express off to a well deserved retirement, for good.

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