Day At The Track

Trackside has really has gone to the dogs

01:56 PM 13 Jun 2020 NZST
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My night on the couch watching the trots on TV didn’t start well.

Friday nights in front of Trackside used to be a real highlight of the week and with the wee man Ricky May making his comeback after ‘dying’ in January, it promised to be good viewing.

With the horses for race six out on the track at Addington, and only four minutes and 20 seconds until race start time, all I wanted to do was check out their preliminaries.

But no, we’re whisked off to Kawasaki in Japan where five horses who have never faced the starter before are lining up for a 900 metre race, with the favourite paying $1 to win.

The horses’ names are different but I’ve heard the commentary many times before - five horses in competition, three corners in play, a nice clean start by all the horses and down the stretch they come, yada yada.

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Reprinted with permission of Barry Lichter

Lincoln Farms

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