Sport: Relief for Railbirds

Disturbed by the ominous closing of race tracks elsewhere (e.g., Havre de Grace, Hialeah, Tropical Park) because of travel restrictions, Long Island's Jamaica track prepared for a modest opening last week. Parking lots were closed, special trains banned. But railbirds would not be downed.

Long before post time Manhattan's Pennsylvania Station was so jammed that the Long Island R.R. rolled out some 13 "relief" (not to be confused with special) trains. Thousands more railbirds went by subway, bus, taxi and private cars whose owners left them in side streets or paid $4 to park in back yards. It was one of the...

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