Take A Shot

by Ed Meyer

posted on February 16, 2009 in General Discussion | No Comments >>

I have been playing horses since my Dad used to take me out to the races as a young man. My interests grew from just kinda liking the game, to working in the industry.  As the old saying goes: “If you you are employed in something you enjoy, you never have to go to work again.”

For me the process has been years of found memories. Win or lose, I love playing the races. I love betting two dollars, or taking a shot at a lottery size jackpot.

I have my information for early study already. It is a process where I begin and filter, and begin again. I am sure the process sounds like a dog chasing its tail. Well, in a way it is… But the chasing is where the fun is!

No matter how you do, or where you end up in the standings, playing in a contest is one of the most exhilarating experiences you can have as a horse player. I would suggest it to anyone that has the time. It is not about beating anyone, but making new friends and being a part of a group of folks just like yourself. Don’t get me wrong… If you get a piece of the pie, it is a sweet day indeed.

I never brag about anything. Well, except eating ten cheese coney’s once… But, I remember when I won a large contest in Louisville. It was a $20,000 total prize contest with the first prize of $10,000. I started off with a $40 horse, and the competition was fierce. I was in a total sweat, and I could not believe I was really doing this. The day unfolded, and at one time, I was in first and second. This would have yielded a $15,000 payday, and for me that would have been like winning the Irish Sweepstakes.

Well, I got lucky; I won… The check is still in a frame on my wall with all of my memories of racing. Oh, the money has been spent since then, but the memory will always remain. To be recognized by friends, players, and others in the contest was an incredible dream.

The morale of the story is: “if you can take the time and go play in a contest, you will make memories of a lifetime.” This applies win or lose.  I will be competing in the Horse Player World Series later this week, and I am like a kid in a candy store. No matter what the outcome, just doing what I love makes me a winner already.

Wish me luck!

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