I enjoy watching the horses run far more than betting, but I did bet $10 each time on the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes (and lost both times). My “source” let the money ride, rather than showing up with a rubber hose — a tribute to the more laid-back Foothills’ lifestyle.
This time around, before Triple Crown-contender “I’ll Have Another” was scratched, I handicapped the race and bet all of what I had lost — $20 — on “Union Rags” to win in the Belmont Stakes this afternoon. That’s a big bet for me.
As it turned out, the “bookmaker” had locked me in before the favorite was scratched, guaranteeing me lower odds. (Thanks for nothing; I still feel like a “city slicker” in the “country”).
At any rate, I figured it was “put up or shut up” time for Rags, favored to win the Kentucky Derby.
“Union Rags” won in an exciting finish, and I’ll collect roughly $70 (enough to treat my horse-racing friends to some beers and pizza at the Northridge). Easy come, easy go.
But I still wish California-trained “I’ll Have Another” had stayed in the Belmont and won the Triple Crown. Now I’m back to my limit: $5 per race maximum. Like I said, I just like to watch the horses run.