Monday, June 1, 2015
Fairmont Park Racetrack
Whatever I know about horse racing I learned mainly by reading the novels of Dick Francis. For those of you who do not know this author, Francis was a steeplechase jockey and crime writer who wrote novels on horse racing. Unfortunately we did not encounter the intrigue and suspense usually found in his novels when we visited Fairmount Park, but still we had a great evening.
By the seventh race I realized that in the racing program, at the end of the listing of horses and riders for each race there are "mutuel ratings" which I should have been paying attention to. Those ratings give a best guess on how the different horses would place. So for race seven John and I paid close attention to those stats and wagered accordingly. We bombed in our bets on that race, none of our picks even came close to winning! Well, we had a fun evening and maybe next time we would be a bit more knowledgeable about the betting process. And, as with any gambling, there is no sure-fire path to winning!