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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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Kevin Park's Play of the day:
Thursday March 23 2023

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

Potpourri 5061    "It's A Mad, Mad World ..."Comedy Lane" "      #241
Strolling Down Comedy Lane       Part 63.   Terry-Thomas
The last blog here discussed the marvelous career of British comedian
Terry-Thomas. It ended with "something wicked was coming his way."

Terry-Thomas (1911 - 1990) was one of Britain's most successful comedians.
Between 1933 to 1981 he appeared in almost 200 movies, most of
them were comedies. They enabled him to live "the good life."
He had a very good homes, a villa in Spain, top line cars and so on.
But "Dame Fortune" dealt him a card that brought Terry a very
horrible fate.
In 1971 he was on a movie set and his left hand started shaking
uncontrollably. After that happened several times, he sought medical
advice. Doctors concluded that he had Parkinson's Disease.
Parkinson's is a progressive neurological disorder that can strike
anyone but usually comes on after age 60. There is no cure for it.
Symptoms may be alleviated for a while with medications.
The Mayo Clinic reports that symptoms include~
     Tremor - usually in a hand or limb
     Slowed movement - simple tasks become difficult
     Rigid muscles in any part of the body
     Impaired posture and balance
     Loss of automatic movements -e.g. blinking, walking
     Speech changes - talking softer and slower
     Writing changes - e.g. difficulty with signature

As the years went by, Terry-Thomas developed all of the above problems.
He was a wealthy man and for many years was spending the equivalent of
half a million U.S. dollars/year in today's currency values on meds and
therapies in a futile attempt to stave off this monstrous disease.
Alas, Terry made his last film in 1980-81. Working became impossible.
The disease continued to ravage his body and his bank accounts.
His homes in London and Beverly Hills, villa in Spain, and fine cars
all had to be sold. He and his wife had to move into a rental unit.
When they could no longer pay their rent, they were evicted and
had to move into "a small charity flat." Financially, there were
assisted by a small benevolent fund for actors.
In 1989 other actors discovered that the couple were living in
pathetic poverty conditions. A "Benefit Event" was undertaken.
It raised enough money for Terry to be cared for in a nursing
home where he died at age 79 in 1990. He had fought the disease
for 19 years. May God Bless Terry-Thomas and all others who
ever suffer from Parkinson's.
Do Not Watch Today's Video If...
Do not watch Today's Video if you want to remember Terry-Thomas
as he appeared in so many comical British movies.
The video below shows what Parkinson's Disease did to Terry.
He had a very sad ending.
It is estimated that 1 million people in the U.S.A. have this disease.
Parkinson's and other progressive neurological diseases deserve
far more Government funding for research that might lead to a cure
than is currently being allotted.
(Readers have permission to copy and e-mail any of my blogs to acquaintances.)

YouTube Video--> "Terry-Thomas - Living In Poverty"

The Gapfire Free Play Area    Thursday March 23 2023
For Thursday's Race 7 at Fair Grounds, our Quickgaps were 4-1-9-7.
Result:  "Yes!" Quickgap #7 $10.80 Win (Not selected on top.)
For Friday's Race 7 at Aqueduct, our Quickgaps were 6-4-1-7.
Result:  "Yes!" 6/1/3 Kevin's key $7.00 Place Exacta $40.60
For Saturday's Race 10 at Aqueduct, our Quickgaps were 2-10-6-7.
Result:  "Yes!" 6/2/3 Kevin's key #2 $4.90 P Exacta $26.70 (Tri $103.60)
For Sunday's Race 6 at Aqueduct, our Quickgaps were 7-8-6-9.
Result:  "Yes!" Quickgaps 9/6/7 #9 $82.60 Win (Not played on top. Ex $190)
For Thursday's Race 9 at Hawthorne, our Quickgaps were 2-11-9-3.
Result:  "Yes!" 11/2/12 Quickgap #11 $4.10 Win Kevin's Exacta $18.50 (Tri $124.80)
For Friday's Race 8 at Santa Anita, our Quickgaps were 3-6-9-8.
Result:  "Yes!" Quickgap #9 $3.30 Win (Ugh!) No Exacta. 9/5/3
For Saturday's Race 10 at Aqueduct, our Quickgaps were 9-3-4-(6-10).
Result:  "Yes!" Quickgap #9 $5.40 Win (No Exacta 9/1/4)
For Sunday's Race 10 at Gulfstream, our Quickgaps were 2-5-11-4.
Kevin played 1 Betting Unit Win and 3 Units Place on #2 Instinctual
and Exactas 2-5-11/2-4-5--7-11.

Result:  Not today.   8/3/9
Kevin will post a play for Thursday, Mar. 23 by 1 pm EDT. Best luck at the ponies!

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