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Old 10-29-2013, 10:09 PM   #1
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Why Parx

This question of why do you like Parx so much was recently asked
in a private message. I thought I would answer it here.
My answer is really a 6 act play

Act 1 Night

When I first started to learn the methodology I had a great teacher
and friend, Richie P. I also had all the one on one mentoring I wanted in phone calls to Doc. What I did not have was self confidence and I had very low self esteem

Lets flash back to 1997. I was just getting used to Pace Launcer 4
It was the first program I purchased from the methodology,
Synthesis was the program of that time. Yet after my interview with Mary Sartin and then with Doc, They told me since I new very little about handicapping Synthesis might be overwhelming for me.

Since PL4 was a hand entry program I soon looked for a track with smaller fields, I was first taught by doc to enter a line for every horse in the race and then hide horses that did not rate first second or third on about 4 different
screens - this was the way he helped me before he taught the same
principle which became the primary line score.

Anyway my lack of confidence and self esteem actually led me to Philadelphia
Park as it was called then. I learned while doing races at the Meadowlands.
simocast. Every body would gather around all the monitors at the Meadowlands when the big tracks like New York California and Gulfstream were running, this was way before internet betting so the Meadowlands was very crowded and noisy. I felt so bad about losing the little money I had and my self esteem was so bad I felt like nothing around everybody else. Those people who were rooting on the winners made me feel even worse.

Act 2 She's The One

Eventually I notice that when a race was being run at Philadelphia Park
very few other people were interested. I often watched races with 4 5 and 6 horse fields alone in front of the monitor all by myself. I liked the fact that I could watch the races alone and the small fields interested me, It was easy to hand enter the pace lines for the small fields. I have always been a little off the wall about rooting for the underdog, I began to enjoy winning because of my teachers,and hard work. I also was determined to win at Philly because it was "my" track.
Phiily Park was a good track to learn from because they ran year round.
They ran a nice mix of 5 sprint distances. and 3 route distances
They also ran on the dirt and turf.
Doc was supportive in my desire to work races from Philly because he said
that based on the races I worked with him and my betting records Philly offered better value as a whole over the New York smart tracks.
Things were really improving for me, by now I had upgraded 4 steps to Validator 2. I was winning and now downloading was available.
I spent a couple of hundred dollars a year downloading every card everyday
Philly Park ran races.

Act 3 Jungle-land

Anybody here seem my old friend One day the bottom feel out. My best friend no longer came to the Meadowlands. I was all alone. Just before this sad day I had started to look at other tracks, As I recall the last memory I had of my friend he and I were sitting no longer in the clubhouse, but now in the $3.00 room upstairs off the clubhouse level, and I had won a big turf race at Fairgrounds, Once my friend was gone,things went very bad, I soon lost all my confidence I would not call Doc, without the money I was winning I went broke, things were so bad I knew was eventually going to get evicted, so I actually used to practice being homeless, I actually spent nights outside in the middle of the winter on my apartment stair well to get used to being homeless.
I wanted to kill myself but instead I decided that my family still loved me.
I would just kill the person I had become. I remember sitting at my fathers kitchen table and him crying as I told him how bad things had got. I begged him to not blame himself, I promised him I would pick myself up,So In my mind
I committed suicide.

Act 4 Thunder Road

I made cassette of Bruce Springsteen's songs Born to Run, Badlands and Thunder Road I played those sounds constantly I had lost contact with Doc
after he got sick but somehow I found out his home address and contacted Mary Sartin.She allowed me to speak to Doc, I told Doc about what had become of me and how sorry I was.

I told my mom and dad and I would start using the methodology again.
I set up my dad with my copy of Validator on his computer. He asked me to teach him. and he said he wanted to do races from Philly because he said I was so good at that track. I once again downloaded Philly- Parx everyday. With my Bruce music as my soundtrack I spit in the face of the badlands.
I was motivated, I soon was back to the Meadowlands were I made new friends and revisited my old friends at the table. I no longer went into the $3,00 room.

Act 5 Racing In the Streets

I met a man standing at the gate at 7.00 am one Saturday morning
at the Meadowlands. Even though the gates did not open till 11.30
I used to wait in line and talk to Gene.. He used to ask me who I liked at
Philly in the first race, Each week I would tell him my choices for the first race
and then the next week he would tell me how he won using my picks.
I once again was the Philly guy, Once I gave a man who I did not know my
top 4 BLBL horses. I found out the man boxed them and won a $3000 trifecta
I was traveling down Thunder road, I was approached by another stranger one Saturday and he told me if I give him my picks he would make the first bet and if we won he would make all the bets for us as partners. I won the biggest exacta, trifecta and pick 3 in my life all on that card. We swept the card except I just went with his picks in the maiden races.
I won over $1000 and got out of a big hole. I only looked at one track Philly Park and once again I downloaded every card and worked every race
for practice. My friend Gene saw an amazing transformation in my self confidence. Gene has passed so he probably hangs out at the heaven racetrack with Doc and Jimmy, Before he died he told me "Bill your not the man you are when you walk into the track , you are the man who is driving home after you leave the track", I lived those words. It became more motivation to always be on the way home a winner.

Act 6 Born To Run

One day I got a phone call. My friend was back. He too was a new man. life was great once again I told him I spoke to Doc and was playing parx
I also had a idea about a website about the Sartin methodolgy
VDC Messenger was not only the name of that website it was also the name of the my very own company VDC Messenger delivery service.
Soon after the start of VDC messenger and just before Pace and Cap
With my friend once again by my side we watched Smarty Jones show the world what a "philly" horse could do. I had come full circle. I never will forget those days months and the beginning of my time with the methodology.
Philly Park became PARX and the casino made for bigger purses and bigger fields. I still think of myself watching those 4 horse fields all alone
when ever I download and watch races from Parx

Its the track I love. Its a big part of my life.

"For the ones who had a notion, a notion deep inside, that it ain't no sin to be
glad your alive, I wanna find one face that ain't looking through me i wanna for one place I wanna spit in the face of these Badlands"
Bruce Sprinsteen
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Old 10-29-2013, 11:54 PM   #2
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Hi Bill,
I didn't want to ask you...but I wondered why you like Parx so much. Thanks for satisfying my curiosity Great story!
When I first started betting on horses (3 years ago) I used to like short fields ( 5 or 6 horses ) but quickly learned that there is not much money to be made on those. So, I am more attracted to the long fields now ( 9 to 11 horses). With RDSS, I have no problems getting any field down to the top 4 contenders ( except for maidens and million-dollar stakes).
Keep it up!
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Old 10-30-2013, 12:33 AM   #3
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Bill that's is a great story and thanks for sharing, I was waiting for your PM and thought you might have forgotten or did not want to answer the question. It was worth the wait, you and a few others are the reason I check for new post about every hour lol and feal sad when there aren't any.

I am so happy that Ted put this site up,if he had not I never would have found my way back to the methodology..



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A very touching story Bill. Glad you managed to pick yourself up and dust yourself off.
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Thanks for that Bill! Did I remember to pass along that hug from Richie this summer?

Also, Giahorse - it was Bill who originally set up PaceandCap. He is certainly a man with passion! And re Parx - nice working that race with you this week, and nice outcome!

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Old 10-30-2013, 12:16 PM   #6
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I did not no that but I am glad he did, I just wish he still lived on the east coast, then maybe I could have meet him.

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Originally Posted by Bill V. View Post
This question of why do you like Parx so much was recently asked
in a private message. I thought I would answer it here.
My answer is really a 6 act play

Act 1 Night

When I first started to learn the methodology I had a great teacher
and friend, Richie P. I also had all the one on one mentoring I wanted in phone calls to Doc. What I did not have was self confidence and I had very low self esteem

Lets flash back to 1997. I was just getting used to Pace Launcer 4
It was the first program I purchased from the methodology,
Synthesis was the program of that time. Yet after my interview with Mary Sartin and then with Doc, They told me since I new very little about handicapping Synthesis might be overwhelming for me.

Since PL4 was a hand entry program I soon looked for a track with smaller fields, I was first taught by doc to enter a line for every horse in the race and then hide horses that did not rate first second or third on about 4 different
screens - this was the way he helped me before he taught the same
principle which became the primary line score.

Anyway my lack of confidence and self esteem actually led me to Philadelphia
Park as it was called then. I learned while doing races at the Meadowlands.
simocast. Every body would gather around all the monitors at the Meadowlands when the big tracks like New York California and Gulfstream were running, this was way before internet betting so the Meadowlands was very crowded and noisy. I felt so bad about losing the little money I had and my self esteem was so bad I felt like nothing around everybody else. Those people who were rooting on the winners made me feel even worse.

Act 2 She's The One

Eventually I notice that when a race was being run at Philadelphia Park
very few other people were interested. I often watched races with 4 5 and 6 horse fields alone in front of the monitor all by myself. I liked the fact that I could watch the races alone and the small fields interested me, It was easy to hand enter the pace lines for the small fields. I have always been a little off the wall about rooting for the underdog, I began to enjoy winning because of my teachers,and hard work. I also was determined to win at Philly because it was "my" track.
Phiily Park was a good track to learn from because they ran year round.
They ran a nice mix of 5 sprint distances. and 3 route distances
They also ran on the dirt and turf.
Doc was supportive in my desire to work races from Philly because he said
that based on the races I worked with him and my betting records Philly offered better value as a whole over the New York smart tracks.
Things were really improving for me, by now I had upgraded 4 steps to Validator 2. I was winning and now downloading was available.
I spent a couple of hundred dollars a year downloading every card everyday
Philly Park ran races.

Act 3 Jungle-land

Anybody here seem my old friend One day the bottom feel out. My best friend no longer came to the Meadowlands. I was all alone. Just before this sad day I had started to look at other tracks, As I recall the last memory I had of my friend he and I were sitting no longer in the clubhouse, but now in the $3.00 room upstairs off the clubhouse level, and I had won a big turf race at Fairgrounds, Once my friend was gone,things went very bad, I soon lost all my confidence I would not call Doc, without the money I was winning I went broke, things were so bad I knew was eventually going to get evicted, so I actually used to practice being homeless, I actually spent nights outside in the middle of the winter on my apartment stair well to get used to being homeless.
I wanted to kill myself but instead I decided that my family still loved me.
I would just kill the person I had become. I remember sitting at my fathers kitchen table and him crying as I told him how bad things had got. I begged him to not blame himself, I promised him I would pick myself up,So In my mind
I committed suicide.

Act 4 Thunder Road

I made cassette of Bruce Springsteen's songs Born to Run, Badlands and Thunder Road I played those sounds constantly I had lost contact with Doc
after he got sick but somehow I found out his home address and contacted Mary Sartin.She allowed me to speak to Doc, I told Doc about what had become of me and how sorry I was.

I told my mom and dad and I would start using the methodology again.
I set up my dad with my copy of Validator on his computer. He asked me to teach him. and he said he wanted to do races from Philly because he said I was so good at that track. I once again downloaded Philly- Parx everyday. With my Bruce music as my soundtrack I spit in the face of the badlands.
I was motivated, I soon was back to the Meadowlands were I made new friends and revisited my old friends at the table. I no longer went into the $3,00 room.

Act 5 Racing In the Streets

I met a man standing at the gate at 7.00 am one Saturday morning
at the Meadowlands. Even though the gates did not open till 11.30
I used to wait in line and talk to Gene.. He used to ask me who I liked at
Philly in the first race, Each week I would tell him my choices for the first race
and then the next week he would tell me how he won using my picks.
I once again was the Philly guy, Once I gave a man who I did not know my
top 4 BLBL horses. I found out the man boxed them and won a $3000 trifecta
I was traveling down Thunder road, I was approached by another stranger one Saturday and he told me if I give him my picks he would make the first bet and if we won he would make all the bets for us as partners. I won the biggest exacta, trifecta and pick 3 in my life all on that card. We swept the card except I just went with his picks in the maiden races.
I won over $1000 and got out of a big hole. I only looked at one track Philly Park and once again I downloaded every card and worked every race
for practice. My friend Gene saw an amazing transformation in my self confidence. Gene has passed so he probably hangs out at the heaven racetrack with Doc and Jimmy, Before he died he told me "Bill your not the man you are when you walk into the track , you are the man who is driving home after you leave the track", I lived those words. It became more motivation to always be on the way home a winner.

Act 6 Born To Run

One day I got a phone call. My friend was back. He too was a new man. life was great once again I told him I spoke to Doc and was playing parx
I also had a idea about a website about the Sartin methodolgy
VDC Messenger was not only the name of that website it was also the name of the my very own company VDC Messenger delivery service.
Soon after the start of VDC messenger and just before Pace and Cap
With my friend once again by my side we watched Smarty Jones show the world what a "philly" horse could do. I had come full circle. I never will forget those days months and the beginning of my time with the methodology.
Philly Park became PARX and the casino made for bigger purses and bigger fields. I still think of myself watching those 4 horse fields all alone
when ever I download and watch races from Parx

Its the track I love. Its a big part of my life.

"For the ones who had a notion, a notion deep inside, that it ain't no sin to be
glad your alive, I wanna find one face that ain't looking through me i wanna for one place I wanna spit in the face of these Badlands"
Bruce Sprinsteen
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Thanks for that Bill! Did I remember to pass along that hug from Richie this summer?

Also, Giahorse - it was Bill who originally set up PaceandCap. He is certainly a man with passion! And re Parx - nice working that race with you this week, and nice outcome!

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Old 11-04-2013, 03:06 PM   #7
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Thank You

Thanks to everyone

Those are my feelings about my life experiences

Parx really is a interesting track as for as handicapping the races
With all the different distances and the conditions within the claiming races
it makes for a nice mix

I love San Diego and Del Mar
but I miss going to Bensalem PA, and seeing the fall colors

Here is a nice picture of the track sent to my Face Book

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