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?”