Breeders’ Cup Odds and Ends

by Ed Meyer

posted on November 13, 2009 in Breeders Cup, General Discussion | No Comments >>

The two days that took place last week were enough to fill our plate for the year. I love to hear the stories of what happened, who went, and who can’t pay their rent this month… Overall, the weekend brings out the best in most of us, and the devil in others.

I have a friend who is a VP in banking. He and his gal are from Kentucky, and they traveled out to California for the big doings. No real surprise there, but the rest of the story is that they returned married. He wanted to celebrate the biggest day of his sport, with his partner for life. My only comments to him was, “I bet she will always remember this as being her worst day at the track in years to come!” All kidding aside – best wishes, Kevin and Mary….

There are two fellas that come to the track three to four times a week together. I like to call them the “Siamese Twins.” They are never more than ten feet apart. I surely don’t know how their wives put up with them. They pretty much are $5 – $10 players.  They always pull together and make all sorts of wagers. The biggest day in their history was $3,000 over the last twenty years. This year the “Twins” killed the weekend and rolled into a $46,000 venture. I am guessing the wives will never complain again… Good job guys…

“Lucky” made his way out there to meet some of his cronies from Vegas. This guy couldn’t pick the winner of a race they just made official.  Hence, the name fits the man.. He made his way out, and lost his rump on day one.. He borrowed a total of $200 from his buddies for Day #2, and he made a little comeback… He paid back the $200, and went home $8,000 to the good … Even a broken clock is right twice a day!

These were just a few stories that were happy. Working at the track, you meet people from all walks of life. They are all fun, and even the bad ones are tolerable.  Oh, I do know of a few that went broke, and one missed his flight… A lady player got so drunk she fell asleep in the sun and became the target of many pictures…

The overall: racing is like life.. Each day you walk into the track and you never know just what is going to happen, or if the outcome will be good…. But we go anyway, and along the way we meet some of the best people in the world…

Good luck, and see you at the races……

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