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: Saturday July 4, 2015 Race T.B.A.
Our QUICKGAPS have had every winner at over 100 race cards
in the last 9 years. They only cost $10 / month and cover most tracks.
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Potpourri 3902 "Independence Day"
I can assure readers here that Canadians are very poor at History.
Most Canadians have a very poor knowledge about their own Province's history,
or Canada's history. Most are really quite ignorant with respect to American history, World history, Medieval and Ancient history.
I always attributed that to the way history was presented to us in school.
Most of our history texts were painfully dull.
I can vividly recall one of our boring teachers ask a student in the
class more than 55 years ago: Mr. Hughes : "Ron tell us about Martin Luther and The Diet of Worms in 1521."
Ron : "Well fish eat them, and they have protein. If he had to eat them, why not?" ( If you don't remember The Diet of Worms visit -->Diet of Worms)
At any rate history was presented by viritually every teacher I had
as a "dead subject."
It seemed lifeless, inanimate, lacking in a third dimension, and just a series
of memorizing dates and names to pass the exams.
Yet History could have been presented with so much more richness.
While I hated the subject in school, today I find myself reading far more
history books than any other area. I also watch more history shows on TV
than any other kind.
Now until recently, I always assumed Canadians were somewhat alone
in their ignorance of history. Without facts, I thought that Americans knew much more American history than we do.
Then an alert reader sent us the video below.
It seems like a fair segment of Americans don't recall much
about the history of Independence Day. That's mind boggling.
Of course the video below has been edited to show only the interviewees
who couldn't answer simple questions. But it demonstrates that there
are a lot out there who didn't pay attention in school in history classes.
Independence Day Questions (Video)
(If your browser isn't showing the video, try this link -->youtube)
Potpourri 3901 "The 156th Running of The Queen's Plate"
Canada's biggest race of the year is The Queen's Plate which
goes this Sunday.
It is the oldest running continuous race in North America having
been around for 155 years and backed by Queen Victoria. King George I originally awarded a prize of 50 Guineas to the victor. (In actuality, guineas were discontinued in the reign of King George III.
but the race became known as "The Gallop for the Guineas."
Also, the Plate isn't a plate. It's a gold cup close to a foot high.) Queen Elizabeth II is current patron of the race.
This year's purse is $1 million (Cdn). Woodbine has hosted the competition since the 1950's.
The race is open to 3 year olds foaled in Canada.
Probably, the greatest Canadian horse to win the Queen's Plate
was Northern Dancer who won The Kenucky Derby and The Preakness. (Northern Dancer became a prolific stud and most of today's
top Stakes Race Winners have his bloodlines in their pedigree.)
This year's edition of the race features 14 entrants
with several logical contenders who could easily pull it off.
Trainer Roger Atfield will be seeking to
capture his ninth victory in the "Plate and break the record
he currently shares with the late Harry Giddings Jr.
In some respects though Plate Day has an edge of sadness
associated with it. After 29 years of being the voice of
Canadian racing and Woodbine, Dan Loiselle is retiring that day.
Thoroughbred racing is losing yet another of it's great announcers.
We'll miss you Dan.
Our Gapfire Free Play for Saturday Race T.B.A.
For Friday's Race 7 at Los Alamitos our Quickgaps were 1-5-3-6. Kevin played 1 unit Win, 3 units Place on #3 Codaciousand Exactas 1-3-6/1-3-5-6-7-8 Result: "Quickgap Winner #5 Marynetta $20.70 They finished 5/4/3. Kevin will post a play for Saturday by 1 pm EDT. Best luck at the ponies.