Our week is rounding out nicely with today spent at the Saratoga Race Track as guests of friends. We went with them last year , also, and had a good time so accepting another chance to enjoy this summer "must do" was a a pleasure.
Last year I bet once and lost which put me two dollars in the hole. This year I felt more brave and decided to allow myself to lose ten dollars but to try some different options. The first race in which I placed a bet, I chose by the jockey - one who has had a successful career. He may be doing well, but the horse wasn't and was scratched. Well, that means I didn't win, but I also didn't lose. That two dollars went on the next race where I bet on two horses in a quinella (the horses come in first and second but in no exact order). I lost. So the following race, I put my money on one horse but as a win, place, or show - same horse but three ways to win. That costs a bit more so when I lost, I lost $6. That meant I was down to my last two betting dollars. When I decided on my final horse and started to the betting windows, I glanced up at one of the monitors and saw that horse, like the one in the first race, had scratched. If that wasn't a sign, I don't know what was. The two dollars went back in my wallet.
Maybe next year.