Written by Stephen Levine: firstname.lastname@example.org Friday, 15 June 2012 00:00
While many may not have made the trek to Elmont this year without the treat of a Triple Crown, longtime racing fan Louis Howe still made the 3-hour drive from North Hampton, MA to see the race.
“I was disappointed by I’ll Have Another’s race scratch but it didn’t deter me from coming,” said Howe.
The 58-year-old grew up in Elmont and has been watching horse racing since he was 15 years old. After witnessing past Triple Crown winners such as Secretariat, Seattle Slew and Affirmed at Belmont, Howe said in regards to I’ll Have Another’s chances if he had run, “I didn’t think he was going to win anyway.”
Lody Jiskoot and his wife Dawn made the trek from Connecticut solely to see I’ll Have Another go for the Triple Crown. The initial reaction from the Connecticut couple was “disappointment…big time.”
“I’m still excited to see him lead the ponies around,” said Lody. “I think the crowd is going to explode when it happens.”
“I still wanted to come even though he wasn’t running,” Dawn said. “But it would’ve been nice to see a Triple Crown winner.”
The younger generation of horse racing fans seemed to follow the same testament of disappointment in not being able to see what could have been horse racing history.
“I originally came for I’ll Have Another, but I decided to come anyway,” said 19-year-old Josh Gara.
While the majority of the crowd seemed to display a negative sentiment towards the situation, some found positive aspects of it.
“The place was out of control when Big Brown went for the Triple Crown,” said Suffolk County native Joe Lapetina. “There were too many people here. I was a little happy.”
Lapetina’s friend, Frank Tazzano from Nassau County agreed that there were “good and bad” aspects to I’ll Have Another’s scratch.
“You feel sad for the horse and the trainers,” said Tazzano. “But it can get very crowded on the Triple Crown days.”
Despite disappointment from much of the crowd and a decrease in the 120,000 estimate expected at Belmont, winning jockey John Velasquez certainly thought that the race itself didn’t disappoint. New York Racing Association officials revealed that 85,811 people attended the race on Saturday, June 9.
“I thought it was a very exciting race at the end, the public should be happy with it,” Velasquez stated. “I thank the media and everybody who actually came and put the race out there. I think it was an unbelievable race.”
Wednesday, 19 June 2013 00:00
After a year of filling the role as an interim, Mary Lagnado was appointed permanent superintendent of the Westbury Board of Education effective July 1, 2013.
Saturday, 15 June 2013 00:00
Everyone wants to know that their neighborhood is safe. But an omnipresent police force is impossible and extensive home security can be expensive. So the watchful eye of a neighbor can come in handy.
Now in its second year, the Westbury Neighborhood Watch is a small group of residents who stick to the phrase “see something, say something.” Director Jacquelyn McCullough says that the group, comprised mostly of seniors, keeps an eye out for suspicious behavior and looks out for their neighbors. She encourages them to report any odd behavior to her, so she can relay it to the appropriate authorities.
Thursday, 13 June 2013 00:00
Deidree Golbourne has been running track and field all four years she has been at Westbury High School. Her passion for the sport comes from knowing that “you can put your all into it. It’s not a team sport where you have to depend on other people. You get out as much as you put into it.”
Golbourne is also seeded fourth in the state for discus throwing. She says that when she initially picked up discus her freshman year, she wasn’t a fan.
Thursday, 06 June 2013 00:00
The U.S. Tennis Association Eastern Long Island Region recently honored Westbury resident Susan Alvy at a celebratory dinner, presenting her with the Hy Zausner Lifetime Achievement Award for her longtime commitment to tennis. The Crest Hollow Country Club in Woodbury hosted the 23rd annual awards dinner, which honors tennis champions from Nassau and Suffolk County.