Hi Everyone, name is David First time at a race track: Can barely remember it, my Dad took me to Woodbine, I'm guessing when I was about 8 or 9. Don't remember how it went/ wins losses but do remember all the tickets on the floor, the roaring fans, and the thrill of the finish line.
Big wins/narrow misses: Biggest win was a $300 tri at Mohawk raceway - Standardbred.... Near miss, the year Orb won the KD...had Golden Soul queued up for the exacta, but thought a $2 win long shot bet, would pay more so bet that instead (I had never bet KD and had no idea payouts were so much higher ;-) $2 Exacta: (16-4) paid $981.60, my $2 Win bet paid 0 - doh. Favorite track(s): sadly I have only been to Woodbine, Greenwood (old toronto track -now gone) and Mohawk.
Favorite trainer(s)/jockey(s): I don't get to go or play enough to have a base to judge from but I follow and have heard Mark Casse interviewed, seems pretty even keeled.
Anecdotes: Del waxing poetically about his time as a pari-mutuel teller, helping people make and cash their first bet, makes me think of my big win above...owe it all to my teller that night. Was my first time at the track, had no idea how to bet (more than "to Win"). He patiently waited while I fumbled through each wager, offered helpful tips, and even suggested the winning ABC X AB X ABCD tri ticket build as a way of getting a bit better coverage for less than a box! Dad is gone now, and I regret not ever asking him to go with me once I got the bug as an adult. Nice thing though is my youngest son (27) picked it up last summer and we have been a couple of times and play online together when we can....
This is a great site, very friendly and supportive, with no ego's or agendas...
Tracks you've been to: Churchill, Keeneland, Turfway, Thistledown, Lone Star, Hawthorne, River Downs, Louisiana Downs, Newbury
Anecdotes: Some favorite memories- • Used to stay up very late at night to watch the Hong Kong races live on TVG when Silent Witness was running • Standing at the rail at the top of the stretch when Rachel Alexandra shifted into high gear in the Kentucky Oaks • Going to Arlington for a full day of races then driving to Hawthorne for the standardbreds that night • The occasional calls from neighbors that I haven’t seen in 10-20 years on Derby weekend that always start with “At track right now/Need help/Who you got?”
I agree with you Stephen. I can find a longshot in a claiming race a lot easier than Stakes most of the time. I did have a good day at one Breeders cup at CD tough screwed up on bet because I was in a hurry to get back to the table we were at because a pretty girl sat with us (no ring) ... got back and well cheap ass hubby <G> was there. I hissed playing a $10 double I ranted about the night before, Harness Hitch and Sheik Albadou. HH was 40-1.
Thanks for resurrecting the thread. I put it on the other site so we could get to know each other, racing wise. Living so close to Pimlico it was in my blood and that just grew at the 69 Preakness my first adult visit to the track as a teen (Bowie as a 4 year old) and back in the days the infield was pretty empty and you had to walk across the track to get there. There used to be a flag pole. Once the crowd grew, drunk idiots climbed it. Kegs were allowed! The corporate area used to be the "look out" area, footballs and frisbies flying. Given what they did to the infield and grandstand since then I have no idea how they're setting attendance records. There were no seats on the grandstand outside, people shoulder to shoulder. Plus I have so many tracks near me. A few times we did MD to Charlestown on the same day. I remember Jesse Davidson falling off his horse at CT, a bit drunk. He was one of the jockeys caught in a fixed race scandal.