TDN Weekend

April 2017

TDN Weekend December 2016 Issue 9

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23 SANTA ROSA, CA – The great events in horse racing all share at least one thing: there is life in the building; you feel like you're somewhere where something special is going on. A Thursday at your run-of-the- mill racetrack, not so. Atmosphere and excitement is easy to find on the day of a Triple Crown race or at the Breeders' Cup, on most days at Keene- land, Saratoga and Del Mar. But where else? That's one of the sport's most vexing prob- lems. The vast majority of days at a racetrack are filled with emptiness, empty stands and vacant stares from the handful of patrons more inclined to bet on three-inch horses on the simulcast screens than live racing But mine the glutted racing calendar and you will find there is at least one more race- track that offers everything that made most of us fans of the sport in the first place. It may, though, be one of the last place you expected.

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