Fun Times at the Track

What a time.  If you have a gambling problem, get some help and skip this post.  If not, get to the tracks.

Saturday I went to the horse races in Hobbs, New Mexico (at Zia Park.)  I walked in with $80 and walked out with $70.  I bet on every race and even played the slots.

On the horses:  I have a strict strategy.  While others decide whom to wager on based on past results, running on turf verses dirt, or the odds, I go with a more nontraditional route.

One race was all about fashion.  Eight had an advantage (wearing green.)  But when I saw the horses walk into the saddling ring I knew my pick.  One was wearing a full blanket, more of a horse robe.  Others had fancy leggings, and a few were wearing luchador horse masks, but my pony had a robe.  All boxers wear robes.  One onlooker said, “That may be a sign of a fever.”  That didn’t matter to me.  This horse had style.  So I plunked down my money.

Sure enough, in a photo finish, $2 became $26.60.

I talked to a trainers wife at work.  She said, the blanket is just a sign of a well cared for horse.

Other bets didn’t turn out so well.  The one base on name alone went down hill when I considered the horses pre-race actions.  I was picking Captain Jazz or Stormin Ghost, but in the ring a horse named Comical Karon took a dump.  What’s more comical then that?  Captain Jazz placed, I would have won but didn’t.


Another missed pick was My Girl George.  A pick made because a friend’s wife is Georgia.  Dead last, the horse needed an “ia.”


On the slots
:  When we walked in I pulled out a five.  I’m not a big fan of slots, I have a Play Station and it’s a lot more fun.  There were empty seats at a video Hold ’em table, but I didn’t understand the game and you should never bet on a game you don’t understand.  So I moved on to the penny slots and popped in my five.  The buttons lit up and I sat down.  I hit “max bet” thinking I’ll be betting 25 cents or maybe 50 per pull.  “Max bet,” turns out is $5.  Never bet on a game you don’t understand, oops.  When the screen stopped there was a squiggly line and blinking symbols and I won $10.  I pushed the “Cash out” button and walked away.

On twitter:  I discovered that every time I typed in “pony,” I got a reply of “Wheee!! Pony!!”  Try it and you’ll see.

The real fun of the event, like any other, is people you share it with.  Not the winning and losing.

Advertisements

Tags: , , , , , , , , , ,

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s


%d bloggers like this: