Grandstand Memories

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In every sport we have them. – You can hear the arm-chair warriors carrying a torch for their team or runner. – That’s just fine. It makes the game interesting. But, over the years, I’ve noticed some pretty good imitations of a rider walking around in the grandstand. – They’re not going to make weight and pick up a call, but they’ll sure give you all they got when they have $2 on the line. – Here are some of my favorites, and others I wish would go home early.

 

1. – The program whipper = This person can reach into their pocket and draw out a rolled program. – It’s tight and bent, but it will do the trick. – They go right to the stick and cheer and scream as the horses turn for home. – They give commands as if the rider would hear them and won’t stop until they hit the line. – If it all went south. They can tell you the rider should have switched sticks, changed leads, or threw a few crosses.

 

2. – The finger snapper = This is not my favorite, and I turn my head when hearing the snap. – They can get a snapping going by twitching their fingers and you can hear it deep to the bone. – They call out “Come on Willy, Come on Will. – That’s it, Jorge, That’s it. – Make the move Eddie, shoot the rail.” – All the while this wicked snapping sound is like fingers on a chalkboard. – I’m all for rooting, but this one is rough to watch and hear.

 

3. – The smoocher = They’re not giving anyone a kiss, but you would swear it was happening right there. – Smmmmoooooch – Come on baby, smoooooccccch. – They are calling to the horse like a rider does with a whistle, chirp, or a high pitched scream.

 

4. – The stooper = When tickets hit the floor they can flip the flat ticket like a world cup soccer player. It is an art, but tracks frown down on this practice of looking for winners that got tossed on the floor.

 

4. – The Hi-Five Gang = Usually a group of young men or women, and you’ll see them jumping and giving the big five! – I love to see the energy, but sometimes they look like the cover of the program where you see people in bow ties and sunglasses having a great time.

 

5. – The Announcer = This is the guy in the far back of the racebook who roots for whoever is on top. – Funny, they have every winner and call it as they turn for home. ” Get em, James. Turn him loose. You got it, you got it, draw and hide from them.” – These folks are funny for about the first two hours but it gets old at the end of the night.

 

Free Saratoga Selections / Saturday, 7-13-19

The Spa is open and summer is officially underway. I love to watch the babies, the turf, and the incredible stakes. – I guess it’s fair to say I love the entire show. How could you not? Saratoga is like Christmas for horseplayers and gamblers. The opportunity to watch and wager on the best outfits, riders and equine athletes is like having your cake and eat it too. – Here is a little something to whet your appetite for the weekend. Be sure to download your Winning Ponies E-Z Win Forms for the definitive approach on how the races will take shape. – Best of luck and have a great weekend!

 

Saratoga

 

Race #3 – The G3 Sanford – 6f – 2:10m pm EDT

#5 – By Your Side = Looking to make it two wins in a row and his sire Constitution wins 44% with his 1st timers. – He didn’t disappoint and sends him to Saratoga to strut his stuff. Changing from Corey Lanerie to Irad Ortiz is a strong move as Ortiz wins 22% with late runners. Use with: #4 – Tomato Bill / #2 – Raging Whiskey

 

Race #5 – Allowance – 5 1/2f on turf – 3:21 pm EDT

#1 – Originator = Been off for 308 days and last raced at Kentucky Downs. He had a sweet work over the CD deep oval and is bred to enjoy the turf. Fear not the long layoff. He has faced better on the track and will come back to do battle.

 

Race #6 – Maiden – 1 1/16 on the turf – 4:01 pm EDT

#2 – Decorated Invader = First timer who is red to relish the greensward. There is a sharp work in his pocket and his dam Gamely Girl has 4 starters,  3 winners, 1 stakes winner, and 2 turf winners to her credit.

 

Race #9 – The G1 Diana – 1 1/8 on the turf – 5:46 pm EDT

#4 – Sistercharlie = She’s been away from the races for 8 months. Her morning works have been solid and she was the winner of the BC F&M Turf last year. This will be her 4th straight if she can pull it off and we can look for her late in the lane moving like a freight train.

 

Race #10 – Allowance – 7f -6:21 pm EDT

#8 – Hersh = This is a 2nd off the layoff move and this son of Jimmy Creed is 1/1 at Saratoga. The faster they run, the better he’ll like it. – He’ll be a handful if the fractions are hot.

Never Too Late to Be What You Might’ve Been

by Ed Meyer

posted on July 10, 2019 in Blogroll, General Discussion, Horse Racing, WinningPonies.com | 1 Comment >>

There are many versions of a race track today. It can be the one where your grandpa used to take you as a kid, or it can be a racino with gaming. Or maybe, a casino that came in and turned your quaint little oval into a glitzy place with music, giveaways, and huge crowds. – You didn’t think the little track could survive without some form of help, did you? – Some love the new looks, and others have a bad taste for change. – If you step back and take a hard look. You’ll find your old stomping grounds are changing.

Your track is hurting so bad it’s going the way of the dinosaur. – Purses are drained and your patron base is like a ghost town. – You can always smell the odor of slow death when the faces you’ve been seeing for years are being let go. – They call it downsizing or restructuring, but it means you won’t be going to work on Monday. – If you doubt my explanation, just ask Suffolk and Portland Meadows as they are the latest casualties after 84 and 73 years respectively.

Racing became complacent. – “Build it and they will come” is a line from a movie.  Help is needed and changes need to be made. – The reason it seems so daunting is that there have been no changes for a long time. We’ve just opened the doors and expected them to come. – That used to be the old way of thinking. Boxing, Baseball, and Horse Racing were the “big three” spectator sports. – 30 minutes in between races, months between big boxing matches, and baseball games had the same seat for a $1 as it did for $5. The only difference is how close you sat. – Your little track has been purchased by a nameless entity you won’t learn until weeks from now. – All you know is there are going to be some changes, and you just hope to be a part of it. – Then you find out the name of the new company and everyone starts acting ready for the new boss. – But, the process is slow and seems like nothing is happening.

Okay, maybe you fall into one of the above or not. – Doesn’t matter. Change is the only medicine that will allow a future to continue. Like it or not, it is the only way to keep things moving forward. – Racing had many of years where it was king and all it had to do was open the doors and advertise in the newspaper. – But, as you know, those days are in the rear-view mirror. – We didn’t tend the fire and awoke to a cold reality. – Trust me, there will be incredible stories of turn-around ventures where gaming companies take a shine to racing; while others use it as a reason to keep the gaming license on the wall. – Overall, there will be some that flourish and others fade away like smoke through a keyhole.

The Racino / Casino model – There are forms of new gaming and most do major renovations to give the old track a face lift. – Race track food is replaced by fine dining, buffets fit for a king, and glowing signage you can see for miles. – The idea is to build up the racing product with simulcast race books, and hope the gaming area players venture over and watch your live product. – The giveaways and promotions are created to draw new players that are now called guests. They enjoy the glitz and glamour they once had to go to Vegas to enjoy. – Racing can grow if you have the right people in charge who are allowed to make some changes. –  From what this life-long gambler has noticed is there is a gap in dedication. You need to hire people who know racing. You have to know what players really want and enjoy. – If they’re there, you’re there. That’s the secret sauce of getting to know your player base in racing. It won’t have the same profit margin as the gaming side but it can grow to be a unique part of your operation. – The Machiavellian principle applies; ” You must be present to be effective.”

Hire the best racing secretary, and allow them to create a solid staff that will grow. – You don’t want to keep a revolving door and keep changing the nameplate on that office door. Grow the purse account with a “boost” from the gaming side and slowly taper it off. This will allow for bigger purses and draw solid fields to begin. The simulcast handle will keep it growing the rest of the year. After a time, racing will have to stand on its own. Give them the boost needed to get started.  – Have the best track superintendent to ensure a safe and solid racing surface. Funny thing, if you have a safe surface you’ll draw bigger outfits to run their horses at your oval.

On the gaming side of the operation, you can have schedules of workers, team members, and employees. – On the racing side if you are having live racing it’s all hands on deck. – Marketing, advertising, managers from all walks. Be present and be available. – You don’t have to give away the fort,  but you have to be on hand to listen and get to know your patron base. This will grow attendance and wagering more than any type of advertising. Racing Player Development is just as important as on the gaming side. Many operations tend to overlook this. You have to run a full staff from open until 5 pm. Then, you can cut back as the night cards start up. – When racing fans have that person to speak with you gain their confidence.

There is plenty of cross-promotion to be utilized. – There is a track in Indiana that really got behind the racing product. – Handle grew and players came by the busload. Horse racing got that needed shot in the arm and was a major success. – When it was purchased, I noticed the dedication wavered and it slowed down greatly. Funny thing, if you don’t care or invest in the product why should gamblers? – Racing may be declining in some areas of the country, but if a company is dedicated to keeping it alive. The report of the death of horse racing may have been greatly exaggerated. – Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself. – George Bernard Shaw

 

 

Happy 65th Birthday, Ironman!

by Ed Meyer

posted on July 10, 2019 in Blogroll, General Discussion, Horse Racing, WinningPonies.com | No Comments >>

Perry Ouzts

My Dad was a hard worker all his life. – When I was a kid I used to be amazed at how strong he was and the amount of work he could handle. – ” Iron doesn’t rust.” – That was one of his many lines about how he was in such good shape. – If the old saying holds true about iron. Perry Ouzts is going to ride forever.

At 65-years-young, he just notched his first win on an eight-race card. – When Perry notches that first one there’s usually more to follow. – You won’t find him doing a flying dismount a la Frankie Dettori, or talking smack on his way to the winner’s circle. – When he wins, he jogs back very slow and savors the moment like a vintage wine or a fine cigar. He’s been there before and is one win away from tying Angel Cordero as the 7th leading rider in history. Not a bad day at the office.

Around horseracing tracks, he is nicknamed the “Workingman’s Hero” or, for his unique riding style, “Scoot N’ Boot.” He has also been noted for overcoming numerous potentially career-ending injuries.

Ouzts has had his share of near career-ending accidents. In 1992, during an event at River Downs, the race was stopped because Ouzts’s horse stumbled near the starting gate, throwing him off. Ouzts was kicked in the face, resulting in a broken jaw, nose, and shoulder. The most damaging injury Ouzts suffered happened in January 2006 at Turfway Park. Finders Chance, Ouzts’s horse that day, came to a sudden halt at the track’s quarter-pole, and Ouzts was thrown to Turfway Park’s Polytrack, part of the track’s synthetic racing surface. Another horse clipped his right arm, snapping the bone. This accident left Ouzts with four cracked and one crushed vertebrae. However, three surgeries and eleven months later, he made one of the most remarkable comebacks of any professional jockey. In his debut race after the incident, Ouzts finished second while riding Divine Dancer at the same Turfway Park. In 2009 and 2010, he won the summertime meets at River Downs.

Perry Ouzts was born in Lepanto on July 7, 1954, but was raised primarily in Rivervale (Poinsett County). During his years in Rivervale, Ouzts began riding horses with his cousins Earlie and Jackie Fires. Earlie Fires was eventually inducted into the Hall of Fame of Jockeys, while Jackie’s career ended when his body was crushed during a horse race in 1977, paralyzing him. Ouzts began riding professionally in the spring of 1973 at Beulah Park.  -Ouzts’ first career victory came in March 1973 while riding Rablu at Beulah Park in Grove City, Ohio. Ouzts holds a record of eighteen meet titles at River Downs in Cincinnati, Ohio, and eleven meet titles at Beulah Park.

Happy Birthday, Perry! – I’ve been watching with amazement for years, and wish you health, happiness, and many more trips to the winner’s circle. – Best of luck my friend!

 

Weekend Winners – Saturday, 7/6/19

There is a bevy of good races for the holiday weekend. – I used to relish the nine live races at our local track years ago. Now, with a full card of simulcasting ready for betting it is like a non-stop buffet of action. – Sit back, and take a look at these runners. Use them as food for thought and whet your appetite. – Be sure to download the Winning Ponies E-Z Win Forms for the definitive answer on how the races will take shape! – Have a great weekend!

 

Belmont Park

 

Race #1 – #2 – Malibu Mischief = Take a look at the blistering bullet work: 35.2 – the best of 54 works at the distance for the day.

Race #2 – #9 – Southern Brigade = Exits a “key” race where three winners from nine starters have returned.

Race #3 – #5 – Fight On Lucy = Bullet work of 36.1 and was the best of five at the distance.

Race #5 – #6 – Montauk Daddy = Trainer Linda Rice wins 27% making the 2nd career race.

Race #6 – #6 – Majid = Horse for the course angle where he’s 2 for 2 with wins. – Looking to keep rolling them up.

Race #7 – #2 – Newspaperofrecord = Bullet work with Irad Ortiz and should be ready to make the news today.

Race #8 – #8 – Pat on the Back = Exits a hit key race where 2 runners from three starters have come back to win.

Race #9 – #12 – Demarchelier = Fit and ready and has the services of Castellano. – Look for a really big effort.

Race #10 – #2 – Preservationist = Exits a strong “key” race where 2 runners from 3 starters have scored.

 

Ellis Park 

Race #3 – #1 – Finesse Bere = Hot trainer angle who wins 23% 3rd off the layoff.

Race #4 – #6 – C.P. Quality = Exits a “key” race where three have returned to score.

Race #9 – #8 – Dos Vinos = Red hot and ready to get a winner’s circle picture today.

 

Belterra Park 

 

Race #3 – #2 – It’s a Ford = Red hot rider on the turf and exits a “key” race where 2 from 3 starters have come back to win.

Race #4 – #1 – Liberate = Going to be odds-on and can be used as a “free spot” for multi-race gimmicks. – Ready to roll from the rail.

Race #7 – #3 – Turndown Da Volume = Sony Leon has been riding on a hot streak and looks to continue.

 

Have a happy holiday weekend and may your winners be many and your photos be few!

 

 

 

Another Circuit Around the Sun

by Ed Meyer

posted on July 2, 2019 in Blogroll, General Discussion, Horse Racing, WinningPonies.com | No Comments >>

I would skip my last class in high school and run out to my car. – Oh, the feeling of being a young man and missing study hall. I was carrying over bets for my teacher. – I was allowed to drive the expressway and for a 17-year-old this was freedom personified.

River Downs was a little track near the Ohio River. It used to be Coney Island Race Course in 1925, but for me, it was Saratoga 15 minutes from my home. – I would jog into the track all the while looking for a program or better a Daily Racing Form discarded by an early leaving patron. – As I remember, I always seemed to find one.

I would have the final four races. – It wasn’t a G1 Stake, but for me, there was nothing better. – For most kids, this was a time to test your parents and find yourself by acting like a tough guy. For me, my Dad knew I loved the races and the worst thing that could happen I could come home $15 less in my wallet. – Looking back, he knew me and our relationship continues talking horses.

There was a super article in the DRF from Mike Watchmaker, and it took me back to my drives to the “River.” – Windows down with my AM/FM converter taking my oldie radio into the present. – There was a smile from ear-to-ear. – Today, River Downs would have been 94-years-old. With the closing of Suffolk after 84 years, and Portland Meadows racing for the last 73 years are both now closed. I find myself a little reminiscent.

As I began, it is another year around the sun. – That means I’m another year older. – For anyone who snickers or hands me an AARP application. The idea is to get older. – Every day is a great one. Try not having one. – Getting older is a pleasure with a few more bumps and aches. But that’s ok. Goes along with the territory.

My days in the sun at River were magical. As quoted in the movie Rounders; “you can’t remember the big scores that built your bankroll, but you can recall with great detail every bad beat.” – I can tell you both. – The day I boxed two 25-1 shots in an exacta and they ran one-two. – The day I caught my first superfecta. – How about the HUGE place wager at Saratoga that paid $7.80 to place. That was a sweetie.

Days standing in the golden sun with my Dad and sharing a common love for the action of racing were magical. – As I ventured into racing, I worked with John C. Engelhardt. – John is one-of-a-kind. He knows everyone at every track and they know him. There was always a hardy handshake and smile when people met him. – I had the opportunity to be Marketing Director and one-half of the “Regular Guys.” – It was a light-hearted TV show that was meant to educate, inform, and entertain. A brainchild of Cary Charlson who owned Charlson Broadcasting who went on to greater things. – Cary wanted a “regular” fella who knew the game and could reach through the screen and have fun teaching fans how to handicap. – I just stopped in for the final five years of River Downs and John anointed me the second half of the entry of the “Regular Guys.” – My greatest story of how so many varied people watched who came to Keeneland. River Downs was sold to become Belterra Park, and I had been hired at Keeneland. – I was standing in a doorway chatting with an executive when I could feel someone behind my back. – It was Nick Nicholson / President of Keeneland. – I extended my hand and said; “Hello, Mr. Nicholson, I’m – I know who you are. You’re one of the Regular Guys, Ed Meyer.”  If John knew his brand had extended to the hallowed grounds of Keeneland. He would have loved it!

Back to my skipping class. – Dad wouldn’t have been happy, but somewhere in his heart, he knew where my first love lived. – I won about $30 and my teacher won $15. Good day all around, and the drive back was like a ticker-tape parade.

Another year getting to do what I love in work and free time. – I’ve had some bumps in the road, but who hasn’t? I think it makes for interesting people. Anyone can trot around the bases without swinging the bat. – My first love is still alive and thriving. I love any day I get to play and watch the big races. It has a grip on my heart and I doubt it will ever leave. – I wish all of you happiness, health, and the best of luck!

Tough Times for Racing

by Ed Meyer

posted on June 27, 2019 in Blogroll, General Discussion, Horse Racing, WinningPonies.com | 2 Comments >>

At the time of this post, there are some really odd things happening. – I’m not talking about a double dead-heat on the same card or a historical payoff. – I’ve never said this before, but I believe the next year will have a great impact on the sport of kings as we know it.

Santa Anita has had more problems than Carter’s has pills. – Senate Bill 469 will allow the California Horse Racing Board power to suspend or move racing days without a 10-day public notice period, is only a signature from Gov. Gavin Newsom away from going into effect. The legislation brought by Sen. Bill Dodd was unanimously approved Monday by the legislature, Dodd’s office announced. “We must take action now to protect horses and jockeys, ensuring safety is always paramount in California horse racing,” Dodd’s statement says. “Because clearly, there is a problem here, and we can’t sit back and do nothing.” – According to Horse Racing Nation.

I never thought it would come to this, but I never thought we’d hear there were 30 Thoroughbreds lost since December. “The Great Race Place” is on the ropes and I’m of the opinion we need to come together as a sport. – The public will only stand for so much and the demands will start flying. – Well, that time is upon us. – Santa Anita Park is scheduled to resume racing in September before hosting the Breeders’ Cup for a record 10th time on Nov. 1-2. SB 469, however, will also grant the CHRB power to reallocate racing dates.

The wide cast idea of coming together as an industry seems daunting. – Start with adopting a legislating body made up of a team from; New York, Maryland, Florida, Kentucky, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Indiana, Illinois, Ohio, and California. – The body would meet quarterly and get ahead of potential problems facing the industry. Think of it like the NFL, NASCAR, NBA, and MLB.

First on the agenda is adopting a drug policy covering the entire nation. There would be no “gray” areas and trainers would know what to expect. – Have a comprehensive list of what would be used and banned. What the protocols would be, and punishments for being stepping outside the lines. – In addition, the body would study what is working in Europe, Australia, and Japan. It would be a step in the right direction in bringing together the country with a uniform policy.

Second would be the track surfaces. – Tracks would share ideas, personnel, and equipment. This would allow horsemen and trainers to bring runners to ovals with a plan in place. – I think the public would have a renewed confidence. – Drug policies and safer uniform tracks. This would be a step in the right direction.

The Breeders’ Cup has been on the tip of everyone’s tongue. – Will it be at Santa Anita, or will it go to Churchill Downs? – I think Santa Anita should be passed this year, and as Bill 469 states; ” The dates can be reallocated to other tracks.” – How about Del Mar if possible? – If not, then it goes to Churchill Downs where they have proven they are able to put on large scale events. – Not giving California the heave-ho, but allow them to move if possible to the next largest venue and if not you have an answer.

For what seems easy is far from that. – The safety of the horses, riders, and everyone participating is paramount. – I think this is the first step in gaining back public trust. In addition, there would be more educational programs to help new fans understand and keep the rumors to a minimum. – Transparency would finally be on the way.

On a personal note, I think we can learn a great deal from Japan. Japan Racing Commission is the most impressive system to learn from, and if you don’t believe just yet. They wager more on an average day as the US does on Breeders’ Cup Day. – They must be doing some good things if they have the belief of the fans.

I think it is high time we drop back and punt. –  Let’s open the system and take a long hard look at what needs fixing and now. – I’m still optimistic, but we have a long way to go. Our industry could be a model the world would accept. I’m not about to give in just yet and have the fullest confidence we can adapt for the future. – We have been passed the torch and the responsibility is ours to make it better for future generations.

A Day at the Races During WWII

by Ed Meyer

posted on June 27, 2019 in Blogroll, General Discussion, Horse Racing, WinningPonies.com | No Comments >>

 

 

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Memorial Day at the track was always a time where we honored those who served and gave the ultimate sacrifice. – There would be free admission, free seating, and a free lunch. Among the sea of hats covered with WWII units, and places of service. They were older gents who would gather after the parades and wreath placings. – It was always neat to see the greatest generation. – It was a group of men who normally didn’t sit together, but on this day they would find another area to gather. -They played the races, talked, and laughed together. It was always a good day to be at the track.

Sam was usually quiet, but on one Memorial Day he opened up. – He told me about a special day. – He was stationed in Africa, and there was a festival with music, food, and horse races. – He was elated to see racing in another country. “It wasn’t the Kentucky Derby, but for a boy, thousands of miles away from home it was even better.”

After sampling some of the local cuisines and sharing laughs. He was front and center for five horse races. – They were young lads who rode ponies, workhorses, and the crowd would cheer as if it were Louisville, Kentucky. – There was nothing better for his R&R.

He walked slowly to the windows to make a wager and came back to tell me he met a young lady that day. – ” Just don’t tell my wife. We’ve been married 50 years and she would still kick my ass.” – I swore to hold my tongue. – It was an honor just to talk about his service and his special day at the races. A day where he was transported back to normalcy if even for five races.

We chatted during the day. – I have always enjoyed the company of older folks who hold a treasure of history. That’s the best part along with making a new friend. – At the end of the day, he used his cane to steady himself and we shook hands as friends. He made his way to the exit door and said he’d be back next week. – I really enjoyed meeting my new friend and thought about much it meant to him watching races on a hot African day during the festival.

Meeting people was the best part of working at the track. – The stories and the camaraderie were great. – I’ll leave you with his big win of the day. – One of the men worked for a bookie back in the states. He was taking bets, and the last race of the day had him reach deep into his pocket for a $5 bill. – He bet a horse who was ridden by a young lad wearing a purple sash. Purple was his wife’s favorite color. – As they thundered a half mile his horse won by a head. – He had one of the longer shots and made $30! – That made him a rich man who later bought a case of wine for him and his buddies to share. – He said he’s had plenty of nice winners over the years, but the night they swilled the local wine was one winner he’ll always remember.

 

Lucky Me

by Ed Meyer

posted on June 19, 2019 in Blogroll, General Discussion, Horse Racing, WinningPonies.com | 1 Comment >>

“As I step into the line – You can bet this winner is mine – No photo, objections, and inquiries be not – For this is my day, and I’m feeling quite hot.” – Quote from the men’s room wall at Latonia Race Course.

Gamblers can be the most superstitious people in the world. – I remember reading this on the wall of a track years ago. – Confidence is needed as the old saying of “scared money never wins.” – I suppose someone was feeling quite strong and needed to share his feelings for all to see. – Think of as Snapchat or Twitter long before they were around.

Over the years I did some reading about cultural superstitions. I have to admit I am a bit intrigued, and who knows? It may help your bankroll.

Many Chinese gamblers have a strict belief of no sex before gambling. This one’s a little hard to come to terms with for obvious reasons. But the Chinese have made it a point of pride that if they want to score big on the gambling tables, they’re going to hold off getting lucky.

A horseshoe is lucky if hung outside your home — the iron wards off evil spirits — but be careful to hang it the right way up, otherwise all your family’s good luck will drain out of it… although others claim a horseshoe should be hung upside down to stop the devil sitting in the bottom of it, so that’s a challenging one. – Horseplayers are not immune to the infamous “rally cap” or some other item that is deemed lucky. It could be your lucky rabbit’s foot, necklace, shirt, hat or other trinkets. Point is that you went out of your way to make sure you wore that nasty, old “lucky” hat today.

Ok, maybe it’s all in my head. – Then I found a top-12 list in America’s Best Racing for warding off the evil demons:

1. I never let another person buy my Racing Form for me. #Badluck. – @NYSteve27

2. When I’m live in a multi-race wager, I always watch the remaining races from the same spot I watched the first leg. – @BrianwSpencer

3. Always put your ticket in between the roll of your cash. Money attracts Money. – @RamiroRestrepo

4. Once was live to a Pick 6 and refused to put lights on in the room (as it darkened), not to jinx myself. – @TurfPunter

5. If I like the 2 horse in a race, I always play my favorite numbers (257) in a straight trifecta for $5. – @Barbaro1420

6. Take anything BUT $50 bills from a teller… – @2ndtimeblinkson and @huck_jason

7. I was a no-$50 guy, but one day ended up with a few $50 bills and had great luck. Now I try to use them! – @cwhi2125

8. Always watch “Let it Ride” the night before a big. – @RobSlats1

9. There’s a horse named Look Who’s Here. Every time she gives me a cute look right in the eye in the paddock, she wins. – @RogueClown

10. Always go back to the same mutuel clerk who sold you a winning ticket. – @AndyScoggin

11. Gray horses on gray days. Any horse with pink socks. – @SJHorseReport

12. Always put horses with gold and win in their names in Pick 3 and 4s. – @TheDelMarKid

Told you. – I bet you’ve heard quite a few of these at the races. And if you have. Jump up and down ten times with your lucky hat. – There is a bevy of horse racing movies that show how important it is to go through these little exercises. – See if you can guess the movie from these few quotes about gambling:

 

1. –  “I’m having a really good day.”

2. – ” Don’t let his money touch my money!”

3. – ” For years I wouldn’t kiss her face, now I’m kissing her ass.”

4. – ” Kid, you’re good. – But as long as I’m in town you’re second best.”

5. – ” Go ahead, give him the shut out.”

 

 

 

 

The Louisiana Legend

by Ed Meyer

posted on June 19, 2019 in General Discussion, Handicapping, Horse Racing, WinningPonies.com | No Comments >>

 

I was attending college and the simulcast boom was just beginning. ADW’s were a bunch of letters, and if you wanted to bet the ponies you went to the track or made a call to your bookie. – Keeneland was in session and I spent more time digging in my pockets for quarters as my man was going to get a call.

WLEX in Lexington used to play the stretch run replays 15 after and 15 to the hour. – You could make a bet at the Lexington track and jog out to your car and listen. It was a great way to exercise and a better way to stay involved in the game. – I can still hear Mike Battaglia calling the races on the radio as there was no announcer at the track.

It was the spring meet and I had a canceled class. – No sweeter words could’ve been spoken as I jumped in the “Bet Mobile” ( Thanks, Bob Summers / Exacta Kid). -I made my way to the newsstand and the pay phone.  I bet $10 to win and place which was the bank vault. He won and paid $28 bucks to win, and my man was feeling the sting of the “Louisiana Flash.” – That meet there were fifteen 4 1/2 furlongs races and he won 10. Little to the imagination I used to call and just ask “who was Romero riding?” – He got them out of the gate like nobody’s business.

After leaving the newspaper stand, I jumped back in and made a land speed record flying to Keeneland with a small bankroll in my pocket. – Life was good for a young man in college. I walked in and was going to catch the last five races. – That was plenty for me and when Randy Romero rode three more winners. You could say I was having a really good day. – I started really following Randy after catching the movie “Casey’s Shadow” based on his father and trainer Lloyd Romero and his family.

I met Randy once at Turfway Park and had him on my radio show for the track. – Kind to the core and one of the good guys. – When I saw his picture on the Paulick Report courtesy of my good friend John C. Engelhardt ( Host of the Winning Ponies Internet Show) I found I was reading some sad news. – If you’re a spiritual person say a prayer for this man. If not, just hope for the best. – I watched for years and beat my old bookie with small bets on Randy, Craig Perret, Pat Day, and Don Brumfield. – These were my learning years of racing watching some of the best to grace the saddle.

The Paulick Report did an excellent job as always and here is an excerpt about one of my favorite riders:

He estimates he has broken 25 bones in racing accidents and had some 30 injury-related surgeries in a 26-year career that ended in 1999 with 4,294 victories and earnings of over $75 million.  – Rarely suspended and known for getting the best from fillies and mares, he won back-to-back Breeders Cup Distaffs aboard Sacahuista in 1987 and got up in the final stride of the historic 1988 Distaff to win aboard Personal Ensign, allowing her to retire undefeated in 13 starts. He was the regular rider for 1989 2-year-filly champion Go For Wand. At three in the 1990 Distaff, she looked certain in deep stretch to hold off the older Bayakoa when she shattered her right front ankle and had to be euthanized. Romero broke seven ribs in the fall but rode another race on the day’s card.

How I would love to get in the racing time machine with my college buddy and head down to Keeneland one more time. – He would leave a note on my car saying; ” Be here by 11a if you want to head down.” – I guess it would be fair to say I went more than not and loved every second. I’ll leave you with one of my favorite races that still gives me chills. – Thank you, Randy, for everything you brought to the game. – My prayers for hope and healing are with you and a bigger thanks for making me a devoted fan.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lSpBui9UIkM