How to Bet on the Ponies

Growing up, I visited a horse track or saw one horse race.
That all changed when I met Kate and married into a horse race-loving family. Rick Surwilo, my father-in-law, had started visiting the racetrack as a teenager with his loved ones. This is a time prior to lotteries and casinos, and horse racing was the only legal form of gambling, so it was something quite different to really go and do. His family lived in Connecticut but had purchased a little home in Woodford, Vermont, also Rick’s dad loved to take the wife and kids to the Green Mountain Race Track at Pownal, only a little ways south of that time. They’d set up their lawn chairs by the finish line, and Grandpa Surwilo would take everybody’s orders and move relay the stakes to the tellers.When I started dating Kate, one of the earliest, and most amorous, dates was when she took me into the racetrack here in Tulsa. We had a terrific time gambling on a couple of horse races while snuggling in the bleachers as a thunderstorm rolled in.
Following Kate and I got hitched, her parents could take us to the horse races every other summer or so, and even gave us poor newlyweds a tiny scratch to bet with. Rick’s dad had long since passed away, but Gram Surwilo–every inch the stereotypical feisty Italian grandmother –still loved to go and bet on the ponies, as she had from the old days in Vermont.
I truly enjoyed these outings with my extended family, and placing a few bets myself, but I admittedly had no clue what I was doing. I mostly just picked the horses with the titles I liked best.
I jumped at the opportunity America’s Best Racing provided me a couple of months ago to come see one of the six pre-Kentucky Derby races–the Spiral Stakes–in Turfway Park in Florence, Kentucky, and get some lessons about how best to bet on the ponies. Kate and I had a great time and learned a ton. Betting on horses is a good deal more complex than I’d envisioned, but it’s really a great deal of fun.
Today, I will share a few of the basics of what I heard, so that the horse racing newcomer can make the most of this wonderful spring weather and go down to their regional racetrack (or even the Kentucky Derby!) Feeling as though they know what they’re doing.Before we get into the art of betting, let’s discuss why you would want to see a horse racetrack anyway. Perhaps you’re thinking,”That is something that my grandpa liked to do, but I am not interested.”
Watching horse racing at the higher levels of the sport is a wonderful experience. I am really not much for any other kinds of gaming, and personally don’t see the pleasure in shedding my shorts into certain dim, smoky casino. But horse racing I enjoy; it seems like entertainment, an adventure, an outing. I enjoy that I am outside. I like that there’s a lot of tradition and history behind it. All in all, whether I win or lose money, I have a fantastic time.
Nowadays if you want to take the family to some professional basketball or soccer game, the tickets and food may easily run you $400. Entry to a racetrack is frequently free, the minimum bet on every horse race is only $2, and you may occasionally make your own food and beverages. You have to spend all evening and afternoon outside, seeing beautiful creatures perform at their peak ability. And all this may run you less than a trip to the movies.
And if you’re looking for an inexpensive, exceptional date, at which you won’t run out of stuff to discuss, look no more!

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