Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Inside Track

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Inside Track

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Just about every race day jockey Neil "Okie" Orrick goes to the races and finds a seat just inside the granstand entrance or he ambles around visitng with friends and horsemen.

You see, Orrick is one of the more colorful personalities in racing and has been on the track for 45 years. He's galloped horses and has been a jockey agent for some top riders - Russel and Gary Baze, Eddie Arroyo, Jimmy Nichols, Gordon Glisson, Martinez Heath and Alvaro Pieda.

He's hustled book at more than 60 tracks from California to New York, and Canada to Mexico.

"I've never seen so many young people, 25 and under, at a ractrack as I have seen at Remington Park," Orrick said Thursday. "That's one thing that makes me think this place will be a big success. It will be able to go on forever, because once you start going to the races you don't stop. It's a lifelong thing.

"In Chicago I would say the average patron ranges between 45 and 50 and when they die they are not being replaced. The young people must be into other things."

"I don't know what it is they're (Remington) doing to attract them, but it's working."

By the way, Orrick's jockey, Luis Martinez, who went down in Wednesday's fifth race when Tea Class broke her front leg, will be out of the saddle for a few days.

"He hit the ground pretty hard," Orrick said. "No bones were broke but he's pretty body sore. It hurts him to move. He also bit his tounge pretty hard and was having some trouble talking. . ."

Jockey Talk Jockey Lewis Germany Jr. has packed his tack and headed for Illinois' Fairmount Park.

Jockey Marge Keefer, 28, wouldn't mind picking up the mounts Germany left behind.

A journeyman, Keefer is new this season and hails from Pennsylvania where she was a regular in the top 10-rider standing's at Delware Park.

Keefer and her husband Vergil, who gallops horses, were looking for a change and were encouraged to try Remington Park after its successful inaugural season. An added extra to try and make a go of it here, she said, is the cheap cost of living.

"If you can get established here and do good you can live quite comfortably," Keefer said. "Go back east and see what kind apartment you'll get for $265.". .

Notes and Quotes After last week's unusual number of winning long shots, Daily Racing Form handicapper Larry Evans said he's going to change his handicapping ways to avoid ducking.

"I'm going to pick one front runner, one come from behind, an inside horse, an outside horse, a favorite, and a longshot. …

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