May 5, 2013

Note To Self.

Next time you place a bet on a horse, please go with your initial gut instinct and/or the best named horse, and ignore any thoughts about there being a science to picking a winning ticket.  It will save you about $40 and a fair amount of self-directed anger.


May 4, 2013

Derby Day!

Awwww yeah, it's Derby Day.  One of my favorite holidays.  I can probably count on one hand the number of times I've missed the Kentucky Derby in my lifetime.  I attended it 4 times, and I suggest that all of you put that on your bucket list if you have not done so already.  Holy hell is that a good time.  Although, times have changed and it's different now.  No more coolers, more more giant jugs of alcohol, no more sneaking in of kegs in unbelievably creative ways.  Thanks, terrorists, for ruining all the fun.  I'm glad I went when I did - all 4 times in my 20's - when it was pretty much a free for all. 

This year looks to be an interesting year for the Derby.  We have the potential for our first female jockey winner (on Mylute, a real stunner of a horse).  We have a Black jockey riding in the Derby for the first time since 1921.  He's riding Goldencents, one of my picks.  The only Black jockey to ever win the derby was way back in 1902, so that would be a big deal if he won, considering there are apparently very few Black jockeys in this world.  This is also the 40 year anniversary of Secretariat's stunning performance of the fastest Derby time ever.  I've talked about this before somewhere on this blog, so I won't bore you.  But I just have to say, it is quite incredible that Secretariat's record has stood for 40 goddamn years.  That's a long ass time.  In some ways, I don't want that record to be broken.  But if it has to be, I hope to hell I'm around to see it.  I'll probably cry if/when it happens.

You better believe I've got some wagers placed on today's race.  As usual, I liked nearly all of them and had a hard time deciding.  Add in the probable sloppy track factor, which really screwed with my mind.  I like to act as if there is a science to betting on horses.  At times, I've convinced myself there is (when I win).  Other times I ask myself why I don't just pick the horse with the best name (when I lose).  It's really anyone's race with a sloppy track.  Most of these horses don't have that experience, so there is nothing to go on.  So, I'm placing all sorts of bets on various horses that stood out to me.  I've got a trifecta box, an exacta box, and 2 bets on 2 different horses to win.  The worst case scenario is that I'm out $25 (I'm a cheap better) and it makes the race more exciting because there is the potential to win something and act like a big shot experienced horse picker.

Enjoy the Kentucky Derby, folks, the oldest sport in the nation (really, it is).  The fastest, most exciting 2 minutes anyone can ask for.  And for nostalgia's sake, below is Secretariat's fabulous run.  I get goosebumps every time I watch it.  Simply stunning, what that horse did.