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Re: Best Article I've Read on Reasons to Reactivate the Rockaway Beach Line

Posted by Andrew Saucci on Mon May 7 20:34:39 2012, in response to Re: Best Article I've Read on Reasons to Reactivate the Rockaway Beach Line, posted by Wallyhorse on Sun May 6 23:31:25 2012.

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Another option is simply to eliminate winter racing in New York, which is patently silly anyway. With NYCOTB gone, it isn't that far-fetched a notion, as OTB is one big reason why winter racing was created in the 1970's. In that case, Aqueduct is not needed, and not even minor renovations would be necessary to accomodate the 2,000 or so diehards that would head for Belmont to freeze their rear ends off watching cheap maiden claimers in January. Winter racing can be conducted at a studio site anywhere, likely somewhere with inexpensive real estate. Before OTB, horses went south for the winter, like the birds, and migrated north again in the spring.

Oh, for the days of the LIRR racetrack specials to Roosevelt Raceway!

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