buzzpaff
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October 11th, 2012 at 11:15:56 AM permalink
Plus I assume you can bet with bookmakers at the track and are not restricted to just the parimutuel pools ?
thecesspit
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October 11th, 2012 at 11:40:04 AM permalink
Quote: buzzpaff

Plus I assume you can bet with bookmakers at the track and are not restricted to just the parimutuel pools ?



I can do that on the high street (Main Street, he translates) as well. Sit in a shop all day and watch all the action. Can be grubby little places, but some aren't too bad at all.
"Then you can admire the real gambler, who has neither eaten, slept, thought nor lived, he has so smarted under the scourge of his martingale, so suffered on the rack of his desire for a coup at trente-et-quarante" - Honore de Balzac, 1829
buzzpaff
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October 11th, 2012 at 12:15:53 PM permalink
Do they still have tracks spread out all over the UK like in Dick Francis books. Maryland used to have the big tracks, Bowie Laurel and
Pimlico running long meets and in the summer it was Timonium, Bel Air, Cumberland and Havre de Grace.

Bowie is gone, pimlici and laurel stumble on with funds from the casinos taxes. . Among the half-mile tracks, only Timonium survived, and runs 10 days along with the state fair.
thecesspit
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October 11th, 2012 at 1:14:12 PM permalink
There's sixty race courses in the UK. I've been to a fair few, and do miss a trip every couple of months to watch the GG's run. Sandown Park and Cheltenham being favourites, but good days at Fakenham, Windsor and Kempton have been had.

I have no idea how well they do these days, but was still a vibrant scene five years ago. Sit on train with the Racing Post, mark up your cards, have a beer in the stands... life was good.
"Then you can admire the real gambler, who has neither eaten, slept, thought nor lived, he has so smarted under the scourge of his martingale, so suffered on the rack of his desire for a coup at trente-et-quarante" - Honore de Balzac, 1829
buzzpaff
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October 11th, 2012 at 1:52:16 PM permalink
SIXTY ! Damn, and Switch won't let me hide in his baggage. Damn

Used to ride the train from Baltimore to Charlestown in the old days. They would move back post time for the first race if the train was late.

Once the train wrecked and the track only knew about it when the bloody punters walked to the track.

English transladtion " bloody" meant covered in blood. No idea what the bloody English mean by bloody.

Did likerthat bloody good TV Series " Are you being served / " Had a crush on PENNY !
Ibeatyouraces
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October 11th, 2012 at 2:08:52 PM permalink
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DUHHIIIIIIIII HEARD THAT!

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