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The New York Racing Association reports that Thursday’s grass races at Belmont Park have been taken off the turf. Those races will be run at the scheduled distances on the main track, which will be muddy/sloppy. Scratches to come…

-HRI Staff

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  1. To me the big story at Belmont is that the live feed on the NYRA app is now linked to NYBETS and RTN. Whether this development is part of a strategic business plan or just greed, it provides another “nail in the coffin” for my enthusiasm on a game I have followed for 50 years. After a ridiculous increase through the years of the cost of the Racing Form, the slow gouging at Saratoga and other disincentives in racing (Belmont Stakes day last year with $40 parking and $25 admission and no coolers is a good example), fans like me will gradually leave the sport. My absent handle between $25k-50k per year will not be noticed but there comes a time when you say , ok you beat me. For different reasons, harness racing (Yonkers) lost me some time ago with a 62 year old trainer out of nowhere becoming the leading trainer and today having a super sibling driver/trainer team that improve horses just like Popeye having a can of spinach. You’re terrific and kudos for carrying on your enthusiastic fight but I’m tapping out.

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