Posts Tagged ‘Race track characters’

What Did They Say ??

I kept a tally of things said by horse players during the three weeks between the Preakness and the Belmont. They ranged from soup to nuts, but one thing was for sure. No matter who anyone bet, they wouldn’t be disappointed to see the next Triple Crown winner. – That in itself is odd, as gamblers are […]

The Start of a New Week

The past seven days have surprised, enlightened, and made me happy. There is something magical about this time of year. I’ve read about the runners who are heading to Louisville and there is a new wind a blowing. We have family, friends, and those who fit in between. Today I heard a voice from the past. […]

A Moment with Mildred

by Ed Meyer

posted on September 26, 2014 in Blogroll, General Discussion, Horse Racing, WinningPonies.com | 1 Comment >>

I was on my way into the track and stopped to chat a few times. This is the best part of the day  seeing old friends and catching up. Then there is a different kind of’ person you see on your way in the doors, and you scamper to the men’s room, or just keep […]

The Many Faces of a Gambler

by Ed Meyer

posted on August 6, 2014 in Blogroll, General Discussion, Horse Racing, WinningPonies.com | No Comments >>

About now, you’re ready to go to that introspective place and see if any of this fits. That is not the case. There is no correlation between what one fan does and how others conduct themselves. I have always been of the opinion that working at the track is one of the best places in […]

The Happy Horseplayer

I cannot take credit for the moniker of the “Happy Horseplayer.” I was sitting in my office when John Engelhardt introduced me to a one-of-a-kind person. The kind of man who enters a room and garners respect without saying a word. When I awoke on this Easter Sunday, I had Mr. Bob Summers on my […]

When in Doubt…

My mother used to tell me as a young boy, “when in doubt do nothing at all.”  This may be all and good, but what did it really mean? It has taken many years, and some long walks to the car, but I think I finally figured out what she was saying. For me, playing the […]

Johnny Dollar’s Christmas Story

by Ed Meyer

posted on December 21, 2012 in Blogroll, General Discussion, Horse Racing, WinningPonies.com | No Comments >>

We have all made that search in the couch cushions when we were looking for pizza money or change for the parking meter. But for Johnny this was his quest for a building a small bankroll and heading to the races. He had earned the name of Johnny Dollar long ago, as he was always asking […]

The Last Race

by Ed Meyer

posted on December 3, 2012 in Blogroll, General Discussion, Horse Racing, WinningPonies.com | No Comments >>

Sunday afternoon found me in an old familiar place. I was at Turfway Park helping out with a handicapping contest. For many moons I ran the show, but on this day I was helping a friend continue the tradition. You could say it felt like old times… My job was getting people registered, answering questions […]

You Looking At Me?

by Ed Meyer

posted on October 29, 2012 in Blogroll, General Discussion, Handicapping, Horse Racing, WinningPonies.com | 1 Comment >>

I was having dinner with a friend of mine. She is a TV producer, and we were talking about the talking heads that bring us  information. Our conversation turned into a battle of the sexes. She stood her ground wanting the bold and beautiful, and I was leaning toward true life players who offer info we […]

The Third Inning

by Ed Meyer

posted on June 6, 2012 in General Discussion, Handicapping, Horse Racing | No Comments >>

I am sitting at the table at River Downs. Just betting claimers, and yakking with a few friends of mine. Seemed like a nice day, and it turned out to be a very solid wagering venture as well. I was looking around with 20- minutes to post, and saw the game a little differently than […]