Remember the Gary Coleman Classic, “On the Right Track”?

On the Right Track is one of those movies that settled into a comfortable rotation one summer in the 1980s and dominated my life. I was a big Coleman and the idea of a homeless kid making his way in the tough big city and having a knack for picking winning horse was too much for me to resist. I had just recently taken my first train ride boarding in Newark Penn Station, that combined with my family spending 1 or 2 Saturdays a year watching the horse run at the Meadowlands was a potent cocktail.


I pictured myself, crammed into a locker at night and during the day being the center of attention in a frothing sea of grownup activity. They would not intimidate me, because I was street smart and had the gift for picking the ponies that they would all kill for.

In retrospect I am glad my family did not abandon me in Newark that year. I don’t think I would have lasted an hour by myself there. But I was able to conjure it up for the backdrop of my fantasies thanks to Gary Coleman and a movie that sadly has not yet been released on DVD (although it available for a very high price on VHS).

If only we could watch it online in 10 minute segments. Oh…yeah we can thanks to YouTube. Here is Part 1.


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5 thoughts on “Remember the Gary Coleman Classic, “On the Right Track”?

  1. Rick Doherty says:

    Is this the movie where he ends up on top the entrance to a store or something in a train station at that end and some goes up there to talk him down? If so, I remember that I used to watch that movie all the time as a kid but only remember that part.

  2. I don’t remember this one, but I remember one in which he kept imagining himself being different things, and at one time he was climbing down a fire escape and had to stop from imagining himself as Spider-Man.

  3. @Rick – Yup he climbs up there and Mayor Normal Fell needs to talk him down (all the while they are under a giant piece of product placement).

  4. TheSixMillionDollarJedi says:

    LOVE this movie. When I was a kid, every time I watched this it made me want to start my own business.

    And live in a locker.

  5. Mike says:

    I loved this movie as a kid, saw it all the time on HBO or another pay channel on our early 1980s cable system.

    I confused with movie with “The Kid with the 2,000 IQ,” another Gary Coleman TV movie from the early 80s (I thought the 2,000 IQ was what made him good at picking horses).

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