Monday, March 30, 2015

A Banner Day at Parx Racing

A Banner Day at Parx Racing

A Banner Day at Parx Racing

We bet most of you didn't know the staff here at BoopStats are a bunch of closet horse racing fans. We have certainly invested enough in the sport ...  $2 at a time.

Long gone are the days half the neighborhood would pile into someone's station wagon for a trip to Liberty Bell Park or Atlantic City Race Track. Rarer still were the days we would return celebrating someone's good fortune. But we always seemed to have fun.

That's what they seemed to have Saturday on PA Derby Day at Parx Racing in Bensalem. We wish we could have been there to lose a some bucks two at a time, but someone had to go to MetLife Stadium to watch two E Street Band Shows ...

So, for those of us that weren't able to see the two feature races from Saturday, check them out here — The Cotillion and The Pennsylvania Derby.

And congratulations to all involved. Save me a grandstand spot for 2013!



Bob Vetrone Jr.
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Boop – who goes by Bob Vetrone Jr. when he is undercover or paying bills – has been at the Daily News since 1982, after working for five years at the Philadelphia Bulletin up to its closing. Along with helping to build the sports scoreboards most nights, he has had great input into the papers’ special sports pullouts – March Madness, Broad Street Run, Record Breakers, Greatest Moments – as well as its day-to-day, award-winning event coverage.

A 1980 graduate of North Catholic, he took some evening college courses. Those lasted right up until the first conflict with a Big 5 doubleheader.

His favorite books growing up were the NBA Guide and the Baseball Encyclopedia, which was, for all intents and purposes, the Internet before there was an Internet.

He has been immersed in sports statistics since the early 70s, when his father (long-time sports writer, broadcaster and the Daily News’ Buck The Bartender), would take him into the Bulletin newsroom overnight in the summer and let him update the Phillies statistics in a little, black spiral notebook. But things have changed tremendously in the decades since … He now uses a big, black spiral notebook.

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