Plagued By Dumbasses

May 8, 2008

Look at those ponies go!

Filed under: Social Subjects — by Gwen Resmer Patchett @ 9:20 am
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Last night Jason and I took advantage of another one of the McMaster Alumni events and headed to Woodbine Racetrack for a little dinner, a little racing form education and a little horse betting.  Jason had been before but it was my first time.  I have always wanted to go but never really got around to it before so this was a great opportunity. 

After getting a little info on how the betting form worked from a Woodbine guy, I threw out what I had learned and picked my first horse based purely on its name and blanket colour.  I bet on the 3 horse wearing a blue blankie (Jason’s favourite colour is blue) whose name is Native Wisdom (Jason is half Ojibwa).  Now I have to mention that this horse was showing 19:1 odds when I went off to bet….Jason thought I was a little crazy but I didn’t care – it was the horse I wanted and so off to the betting window I went with my choice and my $2. 

The betting process felt a little like order soup from the Soup Nazi.  Step up to the window and give info in this order – Race, Amount, Horse, Kind of Bet. 

So I took my money and stepped up and said, “First race, $2, 3 horse to Show”, put my money on the counter, took my betting slip from the machine and stepped back.  Phew!  It was a little stressful but I was quite pleased with placing my first horse bet! 

We took our seats and the ponies got ready to go….”And they’re off!” was announced and the yelling started…..”Come on 3, come on 3…”.  So for those of you who aren’t familiar with the lingo at the track, placing a bet for a horse to “Show” means that the horse has to come 1st, 2nd or 3rd for you to get any money.  When the race began, my pick was showing 30:1 odds – so not a sure thing by a LONG shot!

As the horses got underway, Native Wisdom was hanging back as his odds would indicate he would but about half way through he got himself pumped up and he took off.  They were rounding the final corner and Native Wisdom was hauling ass!  He was over-taking horses and moving up and up and up.   I was yelling and hopping in my seat as my pony got closer and closer to the front.  At the line Native Wisdom was in 2nd!  Yes people that is correct – my 30:1 horse finished 2nd.  Now as I had only bet $2 and your payout is less if you take the “Show” bet as it is a safer bet I actually ended up winning only $12.70 but I don’t care.  It was my first time at the track, my first bet on the ponies and I won.  Wahoooooo!!!  I used my winnings to bet on the other races and even though I didn’t win I had a great time.  I ended up leaving with a profit of $4.70.   I realize that isn’t much but I am quite proud of it! 

Oh and just between us, Jason didn’t win anything…ssh…he doesn’t want to talk about it.

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