Turkey And Trifectas

by Ed Meyer

posted on November 24, 2009 in General Discussion | 1 Comment >>

The track is many things to many people. Some see it as a place of entertainment, and others see it as a home of sorts. All of the tracks start early, and many of the regular Joe’s don’t have a place to pull up to the table.

A track where I have worked, wanted to do something for these wonderful players. By invitation only, a selected fifty players who come everyday are invited for a special feast. One befitting a king, or queen…

The races come to a halt much earlier. The track sees these players every day of the year. This is their home away if you wish… They are treated to roast turkey, roast duck, home-made mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, sweet potato pie, cranberry relish, yeast rolls, and a dessert tray that would make any person envy.

The best part is seeing these guys and gals enjoy a dinner in the posh dining room. There is a loop of tape that rolls covering the Triple Crown and Breeders’ Cup. Nothing better than having a dinner and something to talk about.

Track managers on duty that day sit down and break bread with faces they see daily. This is a family of sorts. Nobody has to leave early. Stay and dine; it is their night… At the end, the senior manager gets to say a few words, and lets our guests know how much they mean to us. Not too much talk, just enough….

No night would be complete without closing the night properly. On a  large table at the exit is an array of Daily Racing Forms, programs, and anything they needed for the next day. The best part – it is all on the house… I have to admit, some would enjoy a fine cigar at the end of the evening. But for everyday fans, just give a program or two, and the night could not have gotten any better.

It does your heart good to see so many enjoying their evening. You get to sit with folks who usually have their own seats and usual friends. You just enjoy giving thanks with people who really appreciate the gesture.  As the crowd walks out with a fine dinner and handicapping material for the next day, you know the true meaning of the day.