continued One of Benjamin’s pet peeves was access to information, but at the new teletheater his expectations are met.
“Now you have access to buy any kind of past performance that you need. There are many more options than you had before, which is important to horse players,” said Benjamin.
Benjamin’s avid interest in and approach to horse racing isn’t an anomaly at Capital OTB but it’s the length of his affair with the pastime that causes pause.
“My father first took me to Saratoga when I was 8 years old and I haven’t missed a year at Saratoga since,” said Benjamin.
The horse races are the main attraction for Benjamin but he’s also taken time to experience the new food options at the Clubhouse Race Book, something Signor said Capital OTB took great care revamping.
The same group that runs the area’s Recovery Room grills has taken charge of the teletheater’s food service. There’s a 50-foot mahogany bar, a casual area with high top and low top tables and an additional sports grill on site that seats 100 people and has wall-to-wall sports memorabilia.
Signor said the new teletheater “provides Capital Region sports fans and racing fans with a facility like no other” and he expects it to generate more business than the old facility.
“It’s beautiful where a family can go out and eat and sit next to an avid horseplayer and they can coexist,” said Signor.
“They hit a home run on this thing, in my opinion,” said Benjamin. “Even if you don’t like to gamble, go check it out because it’s a great place to watch a game or go for lunch or even if you want to play Quickdraw or buy scratchoffs.”
For more information about the Clubhouse Race Book, located at 711 Central Ave., visit www.capitalotb.com.