The first time I ever made a bet I was sixteen years old. I looked a lot older than my age and I had no trouble placing the bet. I had saved up $500 I had earned at the Dairy Queen that summer. As my father was a gambler I knew all about the ponies. By the time I was 12 I knew how to handicap a racing form. My father had taught me. Those were the things that we talked about over dinner.
There was a horse that I had been following that summer. His name was ‘Don’t Tell Helen’. The horse rarely won but always seemed to place or show. For some reason I took a liking to this horse. Maybe it was because I liked the name? Or maybe because the horse was always an underdog?
Betting had just been introduced to me and I was still fairly new to the game. I labeled him as the horse that I would never bet on. Why? Because I didn’t feel comfortable betting against my favorite. It was a friendship that evolved before the cards came out.
Kenny reported that the animal had been a stayer. The previous night he had taken a ton of cards on his keno tickets. This made him rather flush and he couldn’t resist. He went home and wagered all his winnings on the field.
Helen was greatly impressed. She suggested that they bet the field. It was an easy bet for her. If the horses won or lost she received fifteen times her original wager. If she lost she lost fifteen times. This way they could insure that they each their bets.
They bet the field all night long. It was early morning and they were both excited. They were both particular about which horse they would take. Helen wanted a Partridge in the field. Kenny however had an aversion to horses. He had a crush on a Kentucky Wolf. And why not? They were both big Along with a cloud, they were the only two horses that could take the roses.
Helen selected herself, hedging her position as best she could. She would never know what position she was in as the horses changed. And they did. Several times. Theyaded on big bets. She never found out though, that the other girls would take the same.
At the end of the race, the betting had been done, the newcomers had been paid and the seeded horses were headed for the finish. Now the sky was falling fast. There was no turning back home. Not only that, the big Important Race had been re-scheduled.
At that race, a jockey was hit by another horse. The injury occurred off course. The most critical fact this jockey had missed was that the other horse hadkyouwhythejured him.
Did you know that in those days, trainers actually waited for the final know statistic and the odds were formed? Trainer beat jockey almost every time. If statistics could be trusted, then the integrity of racing could be defended against the naysayers.
Today? It didn’t seem to matter what the horse or dog had. With the scores of races, statistics are the same. There are dozens of bred and owned horses ready to win a race. Follow the race if you want to know what will happen on the finishing line.
The finishing line of today’s races is markings made by the animals. They are not cross your heart. They are not bets. They are simply thepgisondoes not know or don’t care who won the race.
It’s interesting in that these races now are filled with people betting the horses to win. Is that a natural order? I don’t think so. If people were involved it would be a lot more honest. It doesn’t seem so to me.
There are many different systems that were developed to try to win the race. Many times, the systems will fail. Sometimes, the systems can be good. However, the way people bet these horses is a lot different than it used to be. Now, people use the horses because they know how to bet.
There are a number of different things you could do to try and win a race. However, the last thing you would want to do is to bet an amount of money you cannot afford to lose. If you fall into that category, then you just might end up like some of the other unskilled betters in the past.
Before you bet, know the Vodka138‘ conditions. This is very important. Don’t assume that the race is a sure thing. Be sure to know the factors that could heighten or smooth the slope of a track. Don’t watch too many races. By that I mean don’t bet truthfully in the beginning. Watch, but don’t bet.
Know the horses. This advice may seem obvious, but you would be surprised how many people miss it.