JC / Railbird

Whenever, Whatever

Jerry Bossert rants about NYRA’s delayed photo finish uploads:

The only problem is it’s not on demand. It’s whenever the Teletimer operator wants to put the picture on the Web. On closing day at Saratoga, there was a three-horse photo separating Frivolous Buck, Gitchee Goomie and Tutti Va Bene for first, second and third place in the eighth race. The photo never made it up until after the 11th and final race of the card, after plenty fans from across the country called wanting to see it. The operator had a cavalier attitude when asked about it, saying he doesn’t get paid extra for it. This is why this sport is dying. The people in charge don’t care …

Related: John Pricci elaborates on the recent tensions between NYRA and the racing media, mentioned by Nick Kling at the close of Saratoga. Nothing negative, please. “Given the prevailing philosophy at the new NYRA,” writes Pricci, “there is no need for a press office, only a marketing department.”


I never understood the concept of “I don’t get paid extra.”

You get paid to do a job, and if posting the photo is part of your job then you do it.

Posted by EJXD2 on September 16, 2010 @ 2:29 pm

It’s too bad there’s not an easyish way to automate that process. But yes, I agree with Ed (and Jerry).

Posted by dana on September 17, 2010 @ 12:54 pm