There was a short list of comments submitted last week, but Jeff Cohen's Comment #2 would have stood out if there had been a thousand. Here's his "Comment of the Week" in its entirety:

Jeff Rosen says:
28 Jun 2010 at 05:54 am | #

There’s definitely something to be said for contraction. I remember as a teenager (when I had to ask adults at the gate to say I was with them to get in) when NYRA’s season went from April to October. Opening day at Aqueduct was a big thing. For winter racing you had to go to Florida. (For compulsive gamblers the trotters were year round) For some reason we enjoyed the spring season more. Like the old saying “absence makes the heart grow fonder”. I fear that by increasing the Saratoga meeting every few years it will dilute the whole Saratoga experiance. It already has in part. By the way, here are 2 links of the Morning Telegraph cover page for the earliest NYRA opening day which I scanned: (It is also the very last Morning Telegraph ever, the next day the racing form was on sale at Aqueduct for the first time, that’s why I saved it)