Thinking About Giving Thanks

by Ed Meyer

posted on November 17, 2020 in Blogroll, General Discussion, Horse Racing, | Comments Off on Thinking About Giving Thanks

Just a few days until we would have gathered around a large table with family and friends. I guess a Norman Rockwell painting would have done it justice, but this year may be a little different. 2020 will be the year to be grateful for what we have, and not what we are doing without.

From the time I was an infant sitting in a high-chair, we have always had a family dinner. – Now, before anyone takes a stance on how much it matters or the flipside of how it is just a meal. – It is time to give thanks for what we have in our lives. Believe me, there are many in our lives who are not so lucky. With this in mind, I have a few ideas for handicappers who approach the holiday.

If you are reading this. You are very lucky and have plenty to be grateful for. It’s not about what we don’t have, but rather focus on what we have in our lives. – Take the time and let that sink in and I bet you’ll feel better in a few minutes. – Not getting together this year may be the best gift we can give ourselves and others. You can take a twist from the Triple Crown and have a HUGE Thanksgiving feast in February if the virus is subsiding. I’m always up for a big dinner with the people I care about. It doesn’t have to be on a traditional day. The Triple Crown taught us that the race goes on no matter what day it’s held. – Be grateful.

If you’re in the mood from taking a break from football. – Here are some races to watch and wager on the gathering day:


Fair Grounds – Thanksgiving Classic

Churchill Downs – G3 Cardinal Stakes on the turf / G2 Falls City

Del Mar – G3 Red Carpet on the turf


Churchill, Del Mar, Golden Gate, Gulfstream West, Hawthorne, Charles Town, Laurel, Mountaineer, Parx, Remington, Woodbine, and Zia Park. – If you’re not familiar with some of these ovals, just download your Winning Ponies E-Z Win Forms and enjoy a day at the races.

These are just some places to watch and wager chock-full of great undercard action to keep your inner-horse player plump and full. There is plenty to be grateful for with racing, and we can cook at home, or grab a wonderful take-out and bake-at-home dinner. – Add in some football and phone calls to family and friends, and we’ll get through the day in fine fashion. It won’t replace that Rockwell painting, but we will stay busy and be grateful for what we have. – Here’s to 2021!


This handicapper has tons to be grateful for in his life. – These past few years have been dicey on the health front, but all is good and happy now. Live in the moment and not in the distant uncertain future. Thanks to the wonderful family and friends in my life.-  Enjoy the races, have a November cookout, watch some football, and eat plenty of pie/cake. – This too shall pass. – I spoke to my doctor the other day and she explained the vaccine and answers will be coming. We just need to keep our heads and focus on the future which looks bright ahead and coming closer with every passing day. On behalf of your friends at Winning Ponies, we wish you and yours a safe and Happy Thanksgiving. Here’s to a great 2021, and next year will have us truly grateful for all of the wonderful things in our lives. – Check back a couple of days before and I’ll have some free selections for you as an appetizer for a day of thanks.