I spent the day at the track. No, not betting, but reporting. It was the first time I'd done so, and I have to admit, it was fun. Of course the thousands of people who were also there already thought so. I don't know much about individual horses, so it would be a waste for me to try and guess who would win, but it was enjoyable being outside and watching them run. The story, though, is more serious. The horse racing industry in Illinois is in financial trouble, challenged by the casinos for entertainment dollars. Fairmount is hoping that the court fight over money Springfield gave it (from casino revenue) will soon be over and the casinos will lose. That means millions for Fairmount, and continued operation. For the state, it would mean continued tax dollars and for fans, another day at the track.