So Mare-Bear and I just came back from OTB where we placed duplicate bets on Belmont Stakes tomorrow. My first bet went through with no problem. An Exacta bet, $10, for War Emblem to Win and Proud Citizen to Place. It could happen, although I doubt it. I don’t think War Emblem will Win.
Up came my second slip containing more bets. I thought I was so good – marked up my sheet, took out my $30 and slipped the man the sheet and money. He took one look and peered at me over his spectacles and said, “Are you sure you wanna make this bet? It’s $120.”
$120! “Uh, no, I thought it was $30.” He quickly explained that by betting $10 Win Place Show on a horse means I’m betting $10 THREE WAYS for one horse. I picked four horses. $30 each horse, that’s $120.”
“Okay, no,” I said, “That’s not what I want.”
“So what do you want then?” he asked impatiently.
How could I say “I want to bet a total of $30 on those horses without having to actually choose where in the top three they’ll be.” I can’t say that – I’m supposed to be in-the-know, not a newbie. I’ve got Mare-Bear watching me over her shoulder, counting on me to get it right.
Spectacle-man sighs loudly behind his glass partition and tries again to explain. It wasn’t that I didn’t get it, it’s just that I’m not good at math and can’t immediately refigure to make sure I’m not spending more than $30.
When I heard a guy sigh from behind me in line I snatched back the incorrect betting slip and croaked, “Just give me this and I’ll go fix it.”
Mare-Bear and I leave the line and I try to figure out how to make the bet. We filled out the sheet and went to another window (the original window now had a long line – no really, it did). We placed our $24 bets and got it right this time. Here’s what we ended up with.
Four horses, Win Place Show, $2 each bet for a total of $6 on each horse. The horses include War Emblem (even), Proud Citizen (5-1) , Magic Weisner (30-1), and Perfect Drift (6-1). Basically, if any of those four horses ends in the top three, Mary and I will win money. Since there are only 10 horses in the field, I think we have pretty good odds of getting SOMETHING.
We’ll see. Tune in tomorrow.
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