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."
Our site since 2004 has given horseplayers an "edge" on which
are the very best of race number contenders nearly every day, every race!

Kevin Park's Play of the day:
Thursday September 28 2023

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2021 Preakness: #6 $25.70 Win $10.10 Place Exacta 6/5 $98.60 Tri $324.40
2023 Kentucky Oaks Quickgaps 2-10-3-14-8
"BINGO!" 14/3/2 Kevin's key #14 $22.70 W $10.10 P Exacta $403.10 (Tri $7,571.40)

Potpourri 5123    "It's A Mad, Mad World ..."Comedy Lane" "      #303

Strolling Down Comedy Lane      #97. Milton Berle    
This is the first of two blogs on Milton Berle.
87 years!!! Yes, Milton Berle (1908 - 2002) worked in the entertainment industry
for 87 of his 94 years!
That's a very long time to stay relevant and be enjoyed by millions of people,
especially in the World of Comedy. "Uncle Milty," as he affectionately came
to be known, was "A True Giant" among 20th Century Comedians.
He'd have to be ranked "the Best," or close to it (top 5 or better), in that
difficult field over that remarkably fast changing period of time.
Milton was born into a Jewish family in 1908. They lived in a walkup tenement
in Harlem, Manhattan N.Y. Dad was a paint and varnish Salesman. Mom looked
after Milton and his three older brothers. The family knew early on that Milton
was a natural born showman. At 5 they entered him into a Charlie Chaplin Contest.
He won. That opened doors for him in "Silent Films." He appeared in his
first movie at 6 years old. It was "The Perils of Pauline." One scene was to have
Milton tossed from a speeding train and Pauline, the heroine, would rescue him.
Milton was scared "spitless" about just the thought of that happening.
In the actual filming, a bag wearing Milton's clothes was thrown out of one of the
cars. The producers liked Milton's performance in that film, and he went on to act
in 13 more "Silent Films" as a youngster. Before he was 11, Milton had
earned several trips across America from Manhattan to Hollywood.
Alas, very few childhood actors are ever seen on film screen again as they mature.
Ron Howard who played "Opie" in The Andy Griffith Show is a very rare
exception, and so was Milton Berle.
To last 87 years in showbusiness, Milton had to be adaptable to the various
chances that opened up for him. In 1920, at age 12, he was working in vaudeville
in a musical New Jersey comedy that was ultimately picked up by Broadway.
By 16 he was a Master of Ceremonies for vaudeville shows. That role helped him
develop stage confidence with his quick witted "comedic gift of the gab."
In those early years Milton learned the "Art of Standup Comedy" by
watching what worked and didn't work for numerous vaudeville comics.
The next decade ushered in the arrival of "Talkie Movies, Radio and
The Great Depression."
Vaudeville wilted and faded away.
But more doors opened for Milton and his well-honed talents.   Continued
Today's Video is from 1958 when Milton was 50.
The next blog will feature a video of him 33 years later.
(Readers have permission to copy and e-mail any of my blogs to acquaintances.)

YouTube Video --> Milton Berle - Standup Comedy (1958)

The Gapfire Free Play Area   Thursday September 28 2023
For Friday's Race 7 at Belmont, our Quickgaps were 8-7-6-9.
Result:    "Yes!" 6/7/4 Quickgap #6 $19.30 Win Kevin's Exacta $103.30 (Tri $359.20)
For Saturday's Race 7 at Belmont, our Quickgaps were 2-6-8-7.
Result:    "Yes!" 2/3/1 Quickgap #2 $19.50 Win Kevin's Exacta $79.00 (Tri $243.20)
For Sunday's Race 7 at Belmont, our Quickgaps were 8-9-1-7.
Result:    "Yes!" 1/7/8 Quickgap #1 $7.00 Win Kevin's Exacta $30.90 (Tri $52.20)
For Thursday's Race 8 at Belmont, our Quickgaps were 5-8-9-4.
Result:    "Yes!" 4/7/6 Kevin's key #4 $9.00 Win $4.50 P Exacta $39.10 (Tri $159.80)
For Friday's Race 7 at Belmont, our Quickgaps were 4-3-7-8.
Result:    "Yes!" Quickgap #8 $22.20 Win (Not played on top.)
For Sunday's Race 9 at Churchill Downs, our Quickgaps were 6-5-2-4.
Kevin played 1 Betting Unit Win and 3 Units Place on #4 Night Effect
and Exactas 4-5-6/2-4-5-6-8-9.

Result:    "Yes!" Quickgap #6 $9.20 Win (No Exacta.   6/3/5)
Kevin will post a play for Thursday by 1 pm EDT. Best luck at the ponies!

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