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     The Free Play:
     
On selected racing days, Dr. Park or his son Kevin, will choose a race
     to handicap. We will give you their analyses, and selections at the bottom of the page.
     We are certain that you will find this area very insightful.

     Dr. Jim Park's Play of the day:
     Wednesday April 26, 2017 Race 6 Tampa Bay

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     Potpourri 4300     "Don't Use Humpty Dumpty Definitions To Define 'Genius'!"
     Most of us, myself included, misuse the English Language every day.
     It's as if, in spite of years of schooling, we use Humpty Dumpty's Dictionary
     at least as often as the Merriam Webster reference book.
     "You're joking...right?" you say.
     "Not really." I reply.

     You'll recall that Humpty Dumpty is a nursery rhyme character who
     is usually personified as an "egg."
     Lewis Carroll, the brilliant 19th Century author, infused spirit into
     Humpty Dumpty's character in his insightful book Through the Looking Glass.
     The term Humpty Dumpty's Dictionary comes to me through observing how language
     is often "twisted and misused" so that words no longer mean what they were
     originally intended to mean.
     Support for that practice comes from Carroll's Humpty Dumpty when he stated to Alice:
     "When I use a word, it means just what I choose it to mean -
     neither more nor less."

     In a Humpty Dumpty World of Language we can take words and have them
     mean anything we want them to mean.
     Take the word "Racism" for instance.
     When I went to school we were taught that "racism" was prejudice, discrimination,
     antagonism, or hatred against any person or persons of another race.
     According to anthropologists there are 3 Races -Caucasian, Mongoloid, and Negroid.
     Take particular note that nationality should not be confused with race.
     For example, the "Irish" are not a race.
     Mexicans are not a race. Italians and Jews are not races either.
     They are nationalities and have different ethnicities.
     If you have a prejudice against people from those countries, then you are
     likely a "bigot." But that doesn't make you "a racist."
     If you are biased against a particular religion, once again you are being a "bigot."
     In my own case, I'm "bigoted." I know and accept that.
     I'm intolerant of certain Islamic beliefs regarding the "oppression of women."
     To call you or me "racist" for that is a misuse of the English Language and
     draws support only from ignorant Humpty Dumpty sheep who should know otherwise.
     For sure we hear the Main Stream Media "talking heads" use Humpty's Dictionary
     nearly every day when they refer to Trump as "a racist."
     He is a "Chauvinist," but I don't see an ounce of racism in his words or deeds.
     Another word which has been dragged over to Humpty Dumpty
     twisting, distortion, looseness and misuse is the word "GENIUS."
     In my last blog here I recommended sampling the new National Geographic Channel
     series "Genius."
     It's about the life of Albert Einstein.
     Einstein's formidable breakthroughs regarding electromagnetism, light, Space,
     and Time
most certainly show that he was a true genius.
     Leonardo Da Vinci and Thomas Edison were likely geniuses too.
     But the term "genius" is very much over used today.
     Most people believe that having "high intelligence" or a "high IQ"
     makes one a "genius."
     Sorry, but that is a "FALSE BELIEF."
     Oh, for sure geniuses do have specific types of high intelligence.
     Indeed IQ tests sometimes won't pick up on their types of brilliance.
     Genius though involves far much more than simply being highly intelligent.
     Just the other day at our O.T. Betting Sports Bar a friend said to me:
     "There was a child at our house the other evening who is a genius."
     He went on to tell me all the highly intelligent things the kindergartner knew.
     I smiled and said little.
     The child that he mentioned likely is extremely bright.
     Only time will tell though whether or not the youngster will ever bloom to
     a level where we should rightly call him "a genius."
     "Geniuses" are very rare.
     My own preference on who to label as a "genius" comes from the
     clever Irish playwright George Bernard Shaw.
     I wouldn't brand Shaw as a genius, but his works showed "flashes of genius"
     at times. In one of his essay/lectures Shaw gave us an excellent description
     of genius, which I believe has more validity than most of the
     Humpty Dumpty versions that are around today.
     I'm paraphrasing Shaw's words here for the view I faithfully hold to:
     "A genius is a person who sees farther and deeper than
     others and has the energy to carry out those visions."

     There are a lot of highly intelligent people on this planet.
     Only a small speck of them ever meet the standards of Shaw's definition of genius.




     The Gapfire Free Play Area    Wednesday April 26 Race 6 Tampa Bay
     For Saturday's Race 7 at Santa Anita, our Quickgaps were 1-4-6-7..
     "Yes!" Quickgaps 4/7/1 #4 $6.50 W Ex $25.70  Not played.
     ************************************************
     For Sunday's Race 6 at Laurel, our Quickgaps were 1-8-7-2..
     "Yes!" Kevin's key #1 Classic Salsa $13.10 W $7.00 P   No exacta. 1/4/2
     ************************************************
     For Wednesday's Race 4 at Gulfstream, our Quickgaps were 8-1-7-5..
     "Yes!" 1/5/6 Kevin's key #1 Princess Knoll $4.60 W $3.00 P Ex $20.70   (Tri $123.90)
     ************************************************
     For Thursday's Race 8 at Aqueuct, our Quickgaps were 2-3-11-7..
     "Yes!" 2/11/5 Kevin's key #11 Correjon $5.60 P Exacta $50.00  
     ************************************************
     For Friday's Race 7 at Tampa Bay, our Quickgaps were 2-5-9-6..
     "Yes!" 5/4/6 Kevin's key #5 Quick Coconut $16.20 W $5.80 P Ex $56.90  (Tri $132.85)
     ************************************************
     For Sunday's Race 6 at Aqueduct, our Quickgaps were 3-2-4-1..
     Kevin played 1 Unit Win and 3 Units Place on #4 Our Whim and
     Exactas 1-3-4/1-2-3-4-5-7.
     Result:
     "Yes!" 2/3/4 Quickgaps Win, Exacta & Tri, Ex $45.80  Not played.
     Kevin will post a play for Wednesday by 1 pm EDT. Best luck at the ponies.
     ************************************************

     For today's 6th race at Tampa Bay, our Quickgaps are 3-9-8-1.
     #8 Tizk Tizk
may have the right pressing running style to do well here.
     There are a lot of early pace types in this race. I'll take a chance
     that Tizk Tizk will be going well in the stretch.

     My play will be 1 unit to win, and 3 units to place on # Tizk Tizk.
     I will also bet exactas 7-8-9/2-3-6-7-8-9.
     Good luck with your plays.
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