Here at Turf Luck, I've been known to mention my disappointment in the Mountaineer Race Track website. I've ranted -- in what I hope has been a charming, mild-mannered librarian sort of way -- about its lack of helpful information in at least two previous posts. (The mild-mannered ravings of a frustrated librarian may be found here and here.)
But the winds of change have been ablowin' on the mountain top, and recently, I noticed some improvements on the ole Mountaineer website. Yes, the casino music is still a bit annoying, but there have been some nice additions:
- Charts of all of this year's stakes races. Yes, you can now discover the winner of all of this year's stakes races. Perhaps it's not earth-shaking, but I've enjoyed reading the results of those races I missed over the winter, and of course, we all want to know how Calvin Borel fared in the Slipton Fell Handicap. (Not so good.)
- Photos of past winners Bright One, Real Dandy, Sir Shackleton, Soto, and Wiseman's Ferry. These really add a bit of pizzazz to the list of past winners that's always been on the site.
- Brief biographies and photos of 2005's leading jockeys and trainers. Why 2005? I don't know, but at least there's now a photo of Dale Baird, winner of more than 9,000 races, on his local track's website.
I'm off to warm up the LaserJet for a marathon printing session ... but not before I send a shout-out to those oft-maligned folk at Mountaineer: THANKS!