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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 March 21 2018

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     Potpourri 4457   "An Irishman Loose In North America" Part 1
     Today, as I write this, is the 17th of Ireland. a.ka. St. Patrick's Day.
     I'd be remiss if I didn't mention that my Cousin Jim is here from Dublin.
     I've mentioned him in this space many times before as he's visited us 23 of the last
     25 years.
     In his last trip here two years ago we lost total contact with him for 10 days.
     He went to Los Angeles and never phoned back. He might as well have gone to the Moon.
     That was unfortunate as his brother Michael died and our family in Ireland
     was upset because they couldn't relay the news to him.
     He ultimately surfaced, if you can believe, in Chicago after his brother was buried
     in Galway. That landed him squarely in the 'doghouse' for awhile back home.
     His daughter scolded "You're a Senior Citizen. I forbid you from ever going back
     to Canada again. You're too old to be galivanting around on your own."

     Well he's back. That admonishment apparently went in one ear and out the other.
     In his previous trips he always came here at the end of July.
     This time he wanted, foolishly thinks me, to see what Canada is like in March.
     He said "I can't believe it. Edmonton is a totally different city...
     I can't recognize any of the familiar landmarks like the rose bush at the
     end of the block where I'd turn left when I went for a walk."

     He's 'spot on' with that observation.
     Our city is pretty bland in winter. Our backyard has a foot and half of snow
     where my wife has colorful flowers and a garden flourishing in summer.
     The trees have no leaves, all grass areas are covered with snow, the streets are a
     draped in ice, sand, and slush. At nights the temperature dips to 12 F. degrees.
     Naturally, in winter most of our leisure hours are spent at indoor activities,
     like reading books or watching TV.
     As Cousin Jim had never seen a Hockey game we took him to see the Oilers
     playing against Minnesota. Our team, which has done poorly this year, won.
     We also went to a Curling Club to watch a good friend curl.
     He was amazed by the skill required to play both of those sports.
     Then after three days here, Cousin Jim hopped on a plane and took off
     for Las Vegas.
     He returned late last night and said:
     "I had a wonderful four days in Vegas but that was long enough.
     Vegas, The Hoover Dam, and The Grand Canyon were splendid, very enjoyable...
     but when anyone suggested a tip, like the tour driver to the Grand Canyon,
     I didn't tip. The driver would stand outside the bus door and collect tips.
     So I made sure I always beat him off the bus whenever it stopped."

     Coming back from The Grand Canyon he sat next to a University student who
     told him that she was majoring in "Human Resources and Famine."
     "I asked her if she had heard of Ireland's Great Famine of 1845 to 1849?
     No she had not. For God's Sake, she'd never heard of why so many Irish
     fled to America in those years. How could you major in Famines and never
     have heard of that? Shite she didn't have a brain in her head!"

     For slot machine players he had the following advice:
     "I wouldn't play them at all. With the number of technicians walking around
     in those casinos doing 'jiggery-pokery' behind the backs of those machines
     I'm convinced that no one is going to win on them."

     So now Cousin Jim is going to rest up here for a couple days then board a
     Greyhound bus to Calgary and Vancouver. He wants to see what the
     Canadian Rockies look like at this time of year. Continued

     For several years Cousin Jim had the part of "The Citizen" in a James Joyce
     play about "Bloomsday." He's decided that he's not doing it any more. Below is a
     2009 photo of Jim in that role before he shaved his head bald.-->Cousin Jim's Photo

     The Gapfire Free Play Area    Wednesday March 21
     For Sunday's Race 10 at Santa Anita , our Quickgaps were 8-5-3-4 .
     "Yes!" 4/2/5 Kevin's Exacta $43.20  (Tri $120.50)
     For Wednesday's Race 7 at Tampa Bay , our Quickgaps were 9-5-2-7 .
     "Yes!" Quickgap Winner #7 $6.20 W #7 not selected on top.   7/8/1
     For Thursday's Race 5 at Santa Anita , our Quickgaps were 1-9-3-4 .
     "Yes!" 3/9/1 Kevin's key #9 $10.50 P Exacta $147.00   (Tri $899.90)
     For Friday's Race 11 at Gulfstream, our Quickgaps were 7-2-6-5 .
     Not today.   9/1/7
     For Saturday's Race 11 at Santa Anita, our Quickgaps were 3-12-5-1 .
     "Yes!" 1/5/6 Kevin's key $5 Rancor $3.30 P Exacta $23.00  
     For Sunday's Race 8 at Tampa Bay, our Quickgaps were 9-10-8-7 .
     "Yes!" 10/9/4 Quickgap #10 $10.00 W Kevin's Exacta $193.90  (Tri $883.60)
     For Thursday's Race 5 at Fair Grounds, our Quickgaps were 6-5-8-7 .
     Not today.   9/4/5
     For Friday's Race 5 at Oaklawn Park, our Quickgaps were 9-4-5-1 .
     "Yes!" 4/5/2 Kevin's key #5 Patti Pattie Patti $4.00 Exacta $16.20  (Tri $78.90)  
     For Saturday's Race 6 at Santa Anita, our Quickgaps were 6-8-5-7 .
     "Yes!" Quickgap #5 $5.30 W Kevin's Exacta $37.30  (Tri $157.80)
     For Sunday's Race 7 at Santa Anita, our Quickgaps were 1-3-5-8 .
     Kevin played 1 Unit Win and 3 Units Place on #1 Tony Blackjack and
     Exactas 1-3-5/1-2-3-4-5-8.

     "Yes!" Quickgaps 5/1/8 Kevin's key #1 $4.40 P Exacta $55.10  (Tri $507.70)
     Kevin will post a play for Wednesday, about 1 pm EST. Best luck at the ponies.

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