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But wasn't Goose a Yankee then?
You really been playing bingo?
"I play bingo," he says. "But I don't play bingo. Which is not to say I'm not a bingo player, just that I'm not a bingo player."
So I ended up with a few quotes. "Come to Gulfstream Park tomorrow for the seventh race," he tells me. "It's my mother's birthday. I always go to the track on my mother's birthday."
"Because the horses are running then."
The Goz is as devoted to his mother as any ordinary mortal, of course. But he just doesn't want any horses running around without his two bucks along for the ride. He tends to celebrate holidays at the betting windows.
The alleged horse Rivers tells me to bet on comes in a dull sixth. At least it comes in. The Goz doesn't. I dial the number he gave me. A different woman answers. His fianc�e, she says. "He'll be at the dog track tonight," she says. "It's his mother's birthday, you know."
As it turns out, the Goz didn't go to the dogs, either. I call again the next morning. "He's here, but he's not here," his fianc�e says. "If you know what I mean." I don't. "Try back in an hour." I call back: "Give him another hour." An hour later she says, "He went to the bakery." He must have needed lots of dough because nobody picked up the phone the rest of the day.