This is Michael Baydala, my father. Mike is 86 years old and will be 87 on October 16, 2006. He is a very big race track fan, and it was he who introduced me to the sport of horse racing.
These photos were taken at Hastings Park Race Track in Vancouver today. It was a very pleasant day as you can see. Mike had a successful day at the track, winning the first Daily Double, which paid about Two Hundred dollars. And, if he wasn't so busy talking to me he would have picked up another one hundred and thirty three dollars. He had the numbers all picked out.
He always tries to get to the Track on a Saturday because this is his main form of entertainment. He is very generous with his race track winnings and he pays his ' runners ' handsomely for their efforts. One time he had a pretty substantial win and he gave my sister and I each five thousand dollars. That was a really nice present I can assure you. He enjoys winning and likes to show off with the fruits of his labour. That is what horse racing is all about as I mentioned in one of my earlier reports on horse racing.
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