New Year Resolutions

by Ed Meyer

posted on December 29, 2009 in General Discussion | 12 Comments >>

Every year we all join a gym, quit smoking, go to church more, and be nicer to the neighbors. But this year, I have decided on picking something that I will stick to….

#1 – I promise to not bet any runner that has not made it to the races for over sixty days. This excludes turf races of course. (They tend to hold their form).

#2 – I promise not to lend any money to “stoopers” who pick up tickets for a living. Even though they need the money, they just bet it anyway. Then they don’t talk to me for six months. Well, on second hand, I’ll keep this one going…. It is a cheap way to say so-long for a half a year….

#3 – I will do more trip handicapping before I make wager one. This used to serve me well in the past, and I have recently gotten back into things. It works, give it a try….

#4 – If I see a horse that looks good on the board, I will try and stretch out more with multi-race wagers to find maximum value. Why leave it on the table?

#5 – Take someone new to the track this year. We need to grow a new fan base. The old ones are dying off….

#6 – I resolve to not criticize anyone who handicaps on TV or in print. It looks pretty easy, so go ahead and give it a try….

#7 – I will download my data at the earliest time possible.  Waiting just set me back, and can get me in a jam….

#8 – I will not play a rider or trainer who is o-20 or worse at a meet or season. I will wait until they pop the cork, and then I will follow them to the winner’s circle.

#9 – I will make it my goal to educate someone along the way this year. It kinda works with taking new people to the track. I will help them find useful info that will make the fog disappear.

#10 – Be a keeper of the flame. Talk about our sport, get involved, and know what is going on. All of this I do, but we can always do more. Help others understand what racing is facing, and hopefully we will start a grassroots effort.

Well, there they are…. I know my gym membership will get dusty, and I will light up a Macanudo on a big day. But for the upcoming year, I think it is more than ever important to educate the people. When we watch old footage of when Seabiscuit faced War Admiral, more than 1 in 3 Americans tuned into the race. We just had a year when two of the best females to ever grace the track ran lights out all year long.  Relish the moments. Go the track with friends and relatives.  Get involved in an ownership syndicate. Donate to the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund.  Make it a point to go out at least a couple of times a year for family events and marquee race days. Above all, make the track a kinder place. Get to know three new players this year. It is like Facebook without the typing.

12 Responses to “New Year Resolutions”

  1. James says:

    angelaschl / My nephew was just daengosid with It last year. It was his senior year of high school. Every person is different. He takes medications and eats low sugar, low fat, dairy free and wheat free. He doesn’t follow this diet all the time, but if the symptoms start he goes back. He was pretty athletic before, then he started loosing weight when he was sick. Now, he started sports again and is enrolled in a firefighting program. I’m sorry to hear about your sister. It will get better I promise!

  2. Olaitan says:

    1SpecialSong / Gosh! These snippets sound UNBELIEVABLE! And in the short time they were rcoerded, WHAT TALENT! In such a short time to make these songs sound SO GOOD, it’s impossible to explain! I’m a very proud fan right now as I always have been and will be! :D Can not wait until BEGIN. !! <3

  3. I told my grandmother how you helped. She said, “bake them a cake!”

  4. In the complicated world we live in, it’s good to find simple solutions.

  5. Olá doutor, tenho 11 anos ja fiz uma obturação de cárie minha dentista colocou uma masinha para cobrir o local, so que essa massa caio e o dente provavelmente ja esta com cárie. Oque devo fazer? Esse dente é o penultimo de cima, ele é de leite ou é permanente?

  6. Spodziewałem się takiego obrotu spraw przed samymi wyborami, może nie, aż tak gwałtownego. Dużo zależy teraz od ich wyniku, myślę, że to już mogą być okolice dołka.

  7. Adoro le pubblicità ingannevoli della prima metà del 1900 :D Sono fantastiche, ne ricordo altre assurde. Sembra che all'epoca ogni liquore fosse la panacea di tutti i mali. Alcuni decantavano persino le proprietà benefiche delle sigarette.Bellissima raccolta. Alcune però mi piacciono, tipo quella dell'A112.La 126 che mantiene il suo valore nel tempo :D

  8. Hi Jenny!! I know, I was very shocked to see the mock up. I’ve always loved them, but never, ever would have imagined one for my book. I mean, things might change, who knows if they’ll make it, but yeah, so cool! Thanks so much, really happy to find out about AUS, too! Jenny, I can recommend almost all the ones I’ve just read.

  9. Les chrétiens ont tort de ne pas se défendre sous prétexte d’Evangile. Il ne s’agit plus de prier (quoique ça n’empêche rien) mais d’agir par une révolte totale et catégorique.Il faut opposer Fouquier-Thinville à Fouquier-Thinville !Et ne plus offrir sa joue gauche !Et … remplacer ces députés ignares par des patriotes qui auront le souci de nos valeurs occidentales.

  10. Dobrý den Jendo,my se rozhodnÄ› pÅ™ikláníme k várnici. Nemá sice vyÅ™eÅ¡ené topení, ale je s pevnÄ› uzavíratelným víkem s tÄ›snÄ›ním (jde i dokupovat) a je chtÄ› nechtÄ› konstruovaná jako mírnÄ› pÅ™etlaková nádoba. Jeden za čtenářů chce pÅ™edÄ›lávat 70 l nerez várnici s vypoušťákem, požádali jsme ho o foto…. ale jeÅ¡tÄ› nezačal. Prý bÄ›hem zimy. Tak pak bychom foto zveÅ™ejnili.Mnoho zdaru.

  11. Die mag ich auch gerne!Und zu Starbucks allgemein: es ist zwar teuer, aber ich muss sagen, dass die Qualität des Kaffees wirklich sehr hoch ist.

  12. fatdroid says:

    "Hero, complete this quest and you shall received the Amulet of Pussy-Whispering and 25g"

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