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Saturday, May 06, 2006

Derby Day 2006 [Updated]

Last year: "In about an hour and a half, we'll be shouting and stomping, clenched fists flailing, in front of the television set for two minutes." Shortly thereafter, thanks to Giacomo, I picked up a cool $102 on a $2 bet. Allie won $70 on a $2 bet on a horse called Closing Argument.

This year? I'm thinking of going big. Between the perfecta, trifecta, superfecta, and a quiniela or two, the possibilities for losing money are just about endless. Standing by.

UPDATE 3:05 p.m.: We just got back from the OTB. I just want to state a few things for the record.

  1. I am a total amateur when it comes to this stuff
  2. This is my one major sporting event of the year (for the most part)
  3. This is my one gambling event for the year (just so people don't think I'm throwing away my whole paycheck, I never bet more than $10 total)
  4. Only once, many years ago, did I get lost in a fog of mint juleps and never again
  5. I cry during the singing of My Old Kentucky Home

Continuing standing by while glued to ESPN.

UPDATE 4:04 p.m.: Switching to NBC since ESPN has left Churchill Downs for bowling in Chicago.

UPDATE after the race: No winnings in the Carnes house this year. Standing by for next year.

Posted by Marie at May 6, 2006 2:36 AM


I once went to a local track with a very knowledgeable and disciplined horse player and won about 200 bucks and missed a $1,000 payout by a nose. Emboldened, I returned to the track a few weeks later. I lost about $100, but the real highlight of the day was when my "hunch play," which had bucked and fought for five minutes before going into the gate, managed to back out of the gate before the race started and proceeded to run around the track the wrong way. At least I got a refund on my bet. (And I haven't put a dime on a nag since.)

Posted by: Dan at May 6, 2006 8:13 PM

Everyone cries during the singing of My Old Kentucky home. FWIW, I had the winner but not the time or energy to get to the OTB. I like going to the track over the OTB. At the track, I can take in the sights and lose my $40 over the course of an afternoon. At OTB, there are no sights and I can lose my $40 in 20 minutes. I go once every 4 or 5 years.

Posted by: Rob at May 7, 2006 8:12 AM

I guess I'm in the minority. I've never had an interest in horse racing and haven't seen the Kentucky Derby in years. Even after living in MD for 25 years and all that Preakness hoopla each year, I can't sustain an interest. I'm sorry you lost though.

Posted by: Kem White at May 8, 2006 6:37 AM