A Day at the Track

May 22, 2013
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One of my fun days since I am retired is to take off and spend an afternoon at a horse track. This year it is going to be harder, because my favorite track is shut down for renovation. River Downs is in a multi-million dollar makeover, so it can not only feature live racing and OTB racing, but also slot machines. This is the new trend in tracks. I am only interested in the live racing. I like to watch those beautiful thoroughbreds run. However, with the increased cost of developing a race horse, fewer horses are available and people seem to think they cannot loose enough money just betting on live races. Therefore, tracks are forced to supply the full line of gambling to bring the crowds to the track. If they are successful, then the horses will appear in larger numbers again and everyone will have a chance to make more money. I will have to go to Shelbyville and see how I can do at their track. It is a beautiful facility, but in the past did not feature thoroughbreds as much as I liked. This has changed, so I will have to see how that goes this summer. With my $2 bets, I doubt if I develop a gambling problem. I just like to see how I can do against the odds, and as I said previously, watch the horses run. I have been known to spend 4 hours at the track and spend no more than $20. I usually can match that in winnings, so at the end of the day I am all even. I am the last of the big-time bettors!

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