ElPrado2 wrote:There was a TV show back in the 60's sponsored by some grocery chain in NY that featured Finger Lakes. It was some kind of a contest. I remember watching it everyday. That's what got me really hooked on racing. There were prizes like winning groceries.
And yeah, most races were 4 1/2 to 6 furlongs.
Sounds like a localized version of the syndicated "Let's Go to the Races," in which you'd pick up game cards at participating supermarkets that had the numbers of the horses your "money" would be on in each of the half dozen or so races that were televised. The races themselves were usually from Florida, either Gulfstream or Hialeah, from several years previous. And almost all of the time, the horses on your game cards would find the most unlikely ways to lose.
Those 4 1/2-furlong races are only run the first few weeks of the FL season. Out here in simulcast land, I've always welcomed them as a sign that spring is here and Saratoga can't be far off. In the '70s, when I was in college at Syracuse, FL was known for something very different -- a meet-long series of distance races that would stretch beyond 3 and, eventually, 4 miles. I still recall two of the horses that won multiple events in that series: Eastern Warrior and Count Mafosta. I think a horse named Schumacher also took a few. The final furlongs of these races often made the sports highlights on the Syracuse TV news.