Well, finally it became a reality. The Village of Cicero finally got things straightened out as to how the shuttered Sportsman's property was going to be used, and final demolition started. The big picture below is the last day before the wrecking ball started in on the grandstand, and the gallery shows progress throughout March and April.
The 2009 McChump ??/365 Racing Tour
Racin', and Some Stuff, Probably
9 Exciting Tracks! 6 Exotic States and Provinces! 9 Thrilling Storyettes!
Warning! The 2009 stories are mostly pictures, and not for the faint of bandwidth!
So it was the middle of winter in Chicago, and I needed somewhere warmer ... let's say, Austin. As long as I was there me and McChump #2 decided to go down to Retama Park for a bit of live racing. It was deadsville. Friday night utterly and totally dead. The worst I have ever seen it.
Oh well, at least we had some fun in Austin.
Somehow I found myself in Phoenix in mid-April, fleeing Chicago winter again, and somehow me and McChump #2 decided to drive over to Santa Anita for closing weekend of their meet and the big San Juan Capistrano that closes it out. Three big days of racing. And three profitable days for me, too, as for some unexplained reason I could see things so clearly in the pp's, and the horses were obliging by running into my bets. One of those weekends when you think you have it all figured out Until the next weekend comes along.
Road trip to run down to Phoenix and pick up/throw away some crap that had been sitting there for far too long. Why not stop at Yavapai, as long as it was more or less on the way? And what the heck, why not the Grand Canyon, too, it's right there ... but was unfortunately very hazy.
It was a Sunday in October. A Sunday like any other Sunday. A card full of maiden claimers, cheap claimers, and maidens, with one IL-restricted N2X allowance to spice things up. It promised to be usual.
But what's this, chump? At the track there's this TVG presence, like something special is going on.