Frustration

So it’s 12:14 a.m. here in France, and I’m desperately trying to find the results of the Fountain of Youth Stakes, run at Gulfstream Park a half-hour ago, and nowhere on the Internet can I find the results. Nowhere. My friend Ellie Crowder in Tampa ran her old war horse Major Park at Tampa Bay Downs, and I could watch the race live (he finished a game second, by the way – so congrats to Ellie). But not Gulfstream, which appears to have one of the word’s worst web sites. I see on the Paulick Report that Eskendereya won, but that seems to be the best we can do. Wow, in this day of Internet rapid technology. The Gulfsteam site redirects me to a bunch of other sites, which seem to want money before offering anything, including race replays. This now puts me solidly in the camp of those wondering why race results are not immediately made available. Geez, even in here in France, where technology is still in the dark ages in many ways, we manage to get race results out for whoever wants them. Guess I’ll have to go to bed and wait until tomorrow to see how Aikenite, who is owned by a couple of really nice folks I met at the Breeders’ Cup, did…

10 Replies to “Frustration”

  1. Seriously, you need to get a Twitter account! You will NEVER miss a second of horse racing news! I’m @wowhorse Just follow everyone on my follow list and you’ll be good with news!

    Eskendereya was amazing. The only horse that ran today like a real Derby contender. Conveyance in the SW was pretty impressive for first timer on dirt, though.

  2. Did you try equibase.com? They post quick results plus video. In typical equibase fashion, you need to pay for a subscription to see the video replay though.

  3. Gulfstream’s YouTube page was where I watched the replay. It didn’t take them too long to have it posted there. Not as good as watching live I suppose, but the quality of the video on YouTube is generally fairly good.

    My dismay with trying to watch races from France is that EQUIDIA’s video results will only run on Windows. All my equipment is Mac. I know Windows is popular in France, but to have something restricted to only one platform is well behind the times.

  4. Gina – you probably know by now that Aikenite was a decent 3rd, less than a length behind Jackson Bend in 2nd. Aikenite ran in mid-pack early, then moved up after half a mile. No one was going to catch the winner, though.

  5. I watched the race and rooted for Eskenderya. Equibase is where I check race results. They are usually up within 30 minutes.

  6. Thanks, guys. Finally saw the video replay on Bloodhorse this morning. Equibase didn’t have anything quickly, and clicking on the “video replays” link on the Gulstream site directed me to something that didn’t work if you were outside the United States. I can’t bring myself to investigate Twitter, even though I suppose I should. I have a hard enough time accepting Facebook, where I only rarely visit, and only when someone sends me there. As for the Equidia videos, I think they are trying to join the modern age, so maybe it will be available on other platforms soon. I will be asking about it soon, because I have some overseas owners who will want to see their horses race live if they can.

  7. hey Gina, how do you enjoy living in a country still in its dark age, at least in many ways?????
    what do you call a country with supposed high technology and death penalty? A country in a very dark age, would that be an appropriate answer?

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