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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:
     Thursday March 23, 2017

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     in the last 12 years. They only cost $10 / month and cover most tracks.

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     Potpourri 4278     "The Emergency? Part 1"
     It was a cold (10 F) and windy Monday night.
     For sure not an evening to be out in the elements.
     But at 11:30 p.m. a close friend and I found ourselves arriving
     at the Main Entrance of the University of Alberta's Emergency Department.
     Earlier in the day my friend,a senior citizen, had complained of
     an aching neck, shoulders, and shoulder blades.
     At 11:00 p.m. that soreness was now traveling down his left arm
     and becoming much more painful.
     That latter symptom was particularly worrisome and we both knew that
     the possibility of a heart attack had to be ruled out.
     So it was off to the hospital we went.
     Once inside the Emergency Department he was registered and
     told to take a seat in the waiting room and would be seen shortly.
     So we waited and his aching arm started throbbing worse.
     At least we were in the right place if matters turned further downhill.
     The waiting room had about 35 chairs.
     We took the only two that weren't already occupied.
     Well actually more than two were available if people were only using one chair each.
     On this occasion, several chairs had been taken by "homeless derelicts"
     who had come in out of the cold and who were lounging across seats "as if"
     they were beds.
     Some of these "street characters" had clearly drank too much.
     A shotgun blast wouldn't awaken them from the deep stupors that they were in.
     Those that were still awake wobbled back and forth between their chairs
     and the washroom, one making disgusting "snorts" as he walked.
     It appeared to me that none of these "unfortunate souls" had
     bathed or shaved in weeks or perhaps even months.
     The one who was stretched out sleeping two chairs down from us
     "stank to high heaven." He had light summer clothes on that he
     seemingly had been wearing since last year. Yes, they were that filthy.
     I thought that it was good that the desk Security Guard allowed
     these people shelter. They wouldn't have survived outside on this
     night, even though our weather is often much colder.
     I don't know when these transients last ate, but one of them went through
     all of the waste baskets that were in different parts of the room.
     In one he found a coke bottle that still had about 2 inches
     of pop left. He drank it. Then in another he found an empty takeout
     bowl of Chilli beans from Tim Hortons. He used his fingers to
     scrape up whatever remnants were left from that.
     It was sad to see these people in so much need.
     Yet our Province provides these individuals with Welfare Money
     each month. It they don't squander it on booze, their allowance is
     adequate enough to get by on.
     With my friend registered to see a Doctor and having procured our two seats,
     I then returned to the Emergency Parking Lot to get a payment tag
     for my vehicle.
     Yes...even at an Emergency Ward you have to pay for parking.
     I thought that with the "urgency" of my friend's symptoms that
     he would get in to see the Doctor soon. Therefore I felt that paying
     for 31/2 hours would be more than ample time.
     He'd either be admitted by then or more hopefully, sent home.
     The unattended Parking Machine might just as well have been a "Midnight Mugger."
     It was demanding $2.25 for every half hour.
     What's more that payment had to be done with a "Credit Card" or coins.
     It would not accept an ATM bank card.
     Now who in this day and age carries $15.75 in quarters or coin loonies?
     Not me. So I reluctantly had to use my Master Card, a practice that I am
     loathe to do except with a gun to my head.
     So, without any other choice available, I inserted the credit card and
     begrudgingly shelled out the money.
     Upon returning to my seat in the waiting room, I overheard an ill looking
     ashen faced clean cut young lady sitting across from us tell her boyfriend:
     "Mike...the nurse just told me that you don't have to go out and pay
     for parking. They don't patrol the lot between midnight and 6 a.m."

     Why didn't the desk nurse tell us that? What a fool be I. Grrrr. To be continued.

     The Gapfire Free Play Area    Thursday Mar 23
     For Friday's Race 9 at Aqueduct, our Quickgaps were 9-2-10-7..
     "Yes!" 10/2/1 Kevin's key #2 Guick $10.40 P Exacta $62.50  (Tri $294.00)
     For Saturday's Race 2 at Aqueduct, our Quickgaps were 1-6-4-7..
     "Yes!" 4/6/3 Kevin's key #4 Ima Wildcat $10.40 W #4.50 P Ex $39.60  (Tri $170.50)
     For Sunday's Race 9 at Aqueduct, our Quickgaps were 7-1-8-4..
     "Yes!" 7/5/1 Kevin's key #7 Spectacular Flash $15.20 W $6.10 P Ex $83.00   (Tri $271.00)
     For Wednesday's Race 8 at Gulfstream, our Quickgaps were 3-2-12-4..
     "Yes!" 12/3/4 Exacta 12/3 $37.00   (Tri $97.90)
     For Thursday's Race 6 at Santa Anita, our Quickgaps were 2-8-3-1..
     "Yes!" Gapfire Winner #8 $4.30 W   No exacta. 8/7/6
     For Sunday's Race 8 at Aqueduct, our Quickgaps were 7-3-4-1..
     Not today.  6/11/3
     For Wednesday's Race 4 at Tampa Bay, our Quickgaps were 1-5-7-8..
     Kevin played 1 Unit Win and 3 Units Place on #7 Nano's Crown and
     Exactas 4-5-7/1-3-4-5-7-8.
     "Yes!"Kevin's key #7 Nano's Crown $5.20 W $3.10 P Exacta 7/5 $25.90  
     Kevin will post a play for Thursday by 1 pm EDT. Best luck at the ponies.

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