This sanghoki Is For G-Rob

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You can start by re-reading this post in which G-Rob explains just how bad I am at picking the ponies. When you’re done there, come back here.

Okay, so it’s well established that in sanghoki mind, you’re better off betting against me. In fact, while in Vegas, he and I decided to do some pony prop bets. It didn’t go well for me…

Sitting in a casino cafe that can be found in every casino on the strip, and waiting for our food to arrive, I noticed a race getting ready to run on the only TV in the joint. I offered G-Rob $5 a race. In this particular race, I noticed the money was heavily on the 7 horse to the tune of 8-5. I gave G-Rob the field and took the 7 horse.

By the time the race began, my horse was the third favorite. The smart money, which usually comes in late, wasn’t on my horse.

“Oh, it’s a turf race,” I said. “Don’t worry about the horses that get out fast. The closers are usually the winners on the grass.”

My horse got out fast. And finished dead last. G-Rob got a hearty laugh out of that one. We tried a few more races, but in these, I didn’t give him the field. Neither of us won. But that wasn’t it for the ponies for me.

Sunday morning, with G-Rob and Bad Blood already on the plane, I hit the sportsbook at the Palms. I bought a couple of racing forms and settled in for a couple hours of racing. It went very, very well.

Race 9 Monmouth

It was the Lighthouse Stakes, going 1m 70 on the dirt, and I liked the 1 horse, Devil House. I bet $5 on him to win, and when he came across the wire in first, he paid $30.80 on a $2 bet.

Race 8 Belmont

This was an Allowance race going just 6 furlongs on the turf. I had my eye on the 9 horse, Gold Vendetta. It was another $5 win bet, and it was another winner, paying $19.80 for a $2 bet. I also had the exacta for $93.50.

Race 3 Hollywood Park

Finally, it was a Claiming race going 1m 1/16 on the dirt. I kinda liked two horses. The 4 horse, Brave Sun, and the 6 horse, Sorta Gold. I put down $4 win bets on both of them. When Brave Sun came across in first, a $2 bet paid $28.80.

As I tried to explain to G-Rob in Vegas, winning at the ponies isn’t about always having the winner. I mean, it’d be nice to win every race, but it just doesn’t happen. If you handicap a horse and believe it may win the race once out of every three times the race is run, it’s not real smart to place a bet if he’s getting 2-5 odds, but it would be a great bet if he’s getting 10-1 odds. In each of the races above, I identified horses at great prices that I thought had great shots at winning their races. That makes a profitable day at the sportsbook.

Wish you could have been there, G-Rob.

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