Saturday, June 7, 2008

Happy Belmont Stakes Day (and so long OTB?)



Affirmed vs. Alydar -- best rivalry in sports history? And how about that 1978 Belmont Stakes race in the video above? Best ever?

Meanwhile, head to your local OTB parlor today to make your bet(s). The parlors are expected to close June 15. In fact, more than 1,000 OTB workers were just sent their pink slips. As the Times put it in a Feb. 22 feature: If OTB Goes, So Would a Relic of a Grittier City

Previously on EV Grieve:
So long, OTB (and happy Derby day)

Bonus:
A photo taken outside the OTB in Chinatown by Alison Grippo (via Flickr)

2 comments:

Jeremiah Moss said...

thanks for the reminder about otb's closing this month. i hope somebody with a good camera and photo skills is documenting these places and the people who go there.

love the new blog format, too--very reader friendly!

EV Grieve said...

Yes, also The Last Days of the OTB would be a great feature documentary. Meanwhile, I'm holding out a smidgen of hope that the state and Bloombug can hammer out a deal.

And thanks for the kind words on the new format!