After numerous near-death experiences, OTB looks to be going down that road slowly, with 11 parlors expected to close by September. OTB has been climbing out of bankruptcy, but has been failing due to changes in demographics and lack of interest in the parlors. State Sen. Carl Kruger called the parlors "dark, filthy and unappetizing - a blight on the community." However, faithful frequenters see it differently. One better said, "It's sad. You grow attached to something and they take it away from you." With his midtown OTB closing, he will now have to trek to Yonkers to place his bets.