The Free Play:

On selected racing days, Dr. Jim 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," a retired Psychologist, writes the "blogs."
Kevin posts the "selections."
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are the very best of race number contenders nearly every day, every race!

Kevin Park's Play of the day:
Friday December 9 2022

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2021Preakness: #6 $25.70 Win $10.10 Place Exacta 6/5 $98.60 Tri $324.40

Potpourri 5033    "It's A Mad, Mad World ..."Comedy Lane" "      #213
Strolling Down Comedy Lane       Part 41.   "Flip Wilson"
In 1947 Jackie Robinson broke Baseball's Color Barrier!"
That was a tremendous feat. "Racial Hatred, Distrust, Tension and Strife"
was commonly expressed in many parts of North America.
For decades African-Americans were oppressed. Opportunities that
were readily available to "Whites" were either denied or difficult
to obtain for "Blacks."
The same phenomenon of circumstances was true in the "World of Comedy."
Eddie "Rochester" Anderson was likely the first comedian to breakthrough
in film in 1937 as Jack Benny's valet. But other than "Rochester" on Benny's
1950's TV show, Black comedians were virtually nonexistent on Network TV
shows until the mid-1960's.
Enter "Stage Left" Flip Wilson (1933 - 1998).
After several spot appearances from 1965 on, Flip Wilson became
the first Black comedian to host a Network TV show in 1970.
This popular "Superstar's" success was admirable considering that
he had grown up in poverty in difficult childhood circumstances.
Clerow "Flip" Wilson Jr. was born in 1933. He was 1 of 10 children.
Dad was a handyman, but jobs were sporadic during "The Dirty Thirties."
When Flip was 8, Mom up and left. Dad had difficulty providing for
the kids and placed most of them, including Flip, in foster homes.
At age 16, Flip lied about his age and joined the U.S. Air Force.
Other recruits and Officers soon became aware of his natural comedic
talents. He was assigned to the Force's Department for entertaining
troops and remained in that Division during the Korean War until 1954.
Upon leaving the Air Force at age 21, he worked briefly as a bellhop.
But Comedy beckoned, and he worked in several Black comedy clubs
until 1965. Red Foxx recommended Flip to Johnny Carson.
His shot on Johnny's show opened the door to The Ed Sullivan Show.
Dame Fortune smiled big time on Flip as Sullivan's show gave
him a huge boost. "The Flip Wilson Show" debuted on NBC
in 1970. The show aired until 1974. After that Flip continued in Comedy
doing stand-up, film and TV appearances for the remainder of his career.
Flip married twice and divorced twice. He had one child with his
second wife and 4 children in a common-law relationship that
expired too.
He died single in 1998 at age 64 after battling liver Cancer.
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Today's Video
Part of the popularity of Flip's TV show was gained when he dressed
up as a Black woman named Geraldine Jones. Her boyfriend
was nicknamed "Killer." In the video below, Geraldine
is a grocery cashier. The customer is Dom DeLuise.
(Readers have permission to copy and e-mail any of my blogs to acquaintances.)

YouTube Video--> "Flip Wilson As Geraldine The Cashier"





The Gapfire Free Play Area    Friday December 9 2022
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For Saturday's Race 5 at Aqueduct, our Quickgaps were 2-9-3-7.
Result:    "Yes!" 2/7/10 Kevin's key #2 $11.20 W $5.60 P Ex $75.40 (Tri $235.60)
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For Sunday's Race 8 at Aqueduct, our Quickgaps were 10-4-11-12.
Result:    "Yes!" 10/2/9 Kevin's key #10 $8.40 W $4.40 P Ex $38.19 (Tri $89.60)
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For Thursday's Race 6 at Aqueduct, our Quickgaps were 7-8-9-5.
Result:    "Yes!" Quickgap #7 $4.20 Win Kevin's Exacta $23.10
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For Saturday's Race 8 at Aqueduct, our Quickgaps were 1-7-10-6.
Result:   "Yes!" 7/10/8 Kevin's key #10 $3.40 P Quickgap Exacta $28.40 (Tri $82.20)
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For Sunday's Race 10 at Gulfstream, our Quickgaps were 7-3-5-11.
Result:   "Yes!" Quickgap #11 Lovin Makes Cents $12.60 Win (Not selected on top.)
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For Thursday's Race 7 at Aqueduct, our Quickgaps were 4-2-6-3.
Kevin played 1 Betting Unit Win and 3 Units Place on #4 Divine Wine and
Exactas 1-4-5/1-3-4-5-6-7.

Result:   "Yes!" Kevin's key #4 $3.60 Win $2.40 P Exacta $8.40 (Tri $24.10 Yikes!)
Kevin will post a play for Friday Dec. 9 by 1 pm EDT. Best luck at the ponies!
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