Never Judge A Book

by Ed Meyer

posted on August 23, 2009 in General Discussion | No Comments >>

This past week, there was a blog response that really caught my attention. It talked about not judging the guy in the suit to be a big player, and the gal in flip-flops to be a $2 player. There were never more truer words spoken.

In my experience, I have found that most real horse-players like to stay low key.  The biggest player in the state of Kentucky wears a sweatshirt and blue jeans. He talks to everyone he meets, and treats everyone in passing the same from the president on down. The funny thing is that this gent has his own betting room at one of the most prestigious tracks in the bluegrass. He makes wagers that would make you faint. He would be the today version of Pittsburgh Phil. He was a legendary gambler who is quoted in every book about horses. He is eloquent, generous, and appreciative. The best part about him is that you could not pick him out of a line-up. He is squeaky clean, and is a respected member of many committees about racing, and the integrity of our sport.

If you look at English racing you will see top hats and tails. This is the pageantry, but is it in fact the norm? I’m am not saying that everyone should break the ” no-shoes, no-shirt” laws. But maybe racing should loosen its top button a tad. I know there are times and places where it is necessary for attire, but the real players want comfort added to the list of creature comforts.

There have been many “big” days that I have worked. So many ladies and gents dress to the hilt, and don’t bet $10 for the day. I have to say from a bettor’s standpoint, let’s leave the tie in the car. Let’s dress as if we were going to a family reunion. After all, it is all about fun. And believe you me, this game needs to loosen the rules, and allow more members.