|7||+FAGEDABOUDIT SAL |
|ML ||20-1 |
I decided it was time to take a shot, he was 25-1 on the board and climbing, and worth a play. Well, my pal Sal took the lead early and never looked back:
|7||Fagedaboudit Sal||Fragoso P||117||80.40||23.80||10.60|
|1||Kiss the Kid||Elliott S||117||3.80||3.00|
|9||Classic Campaign||Desormeaux K J||117||2.80|
Even Larry's call was a good for the excitement near the wire ........ "Are they gonna catch Sal?......... Fagedaboudit!"
Anyhow, suddenly it was a good day. Things can turn on a dime.
Now the fun part. Today I was playing a few races as well. With about two minutes to race four I flip over to my Monmouth printout.
I see this:
|8||+FAGEDABOUDIT GAL |
#1 pace figure, she's on turf, the handy Turf UDM program I wrote signalled her - and she is a bomb price. It's pretty much a carbon-copy to Sal, 24 hours earlier.
I immediately called a friend who was playing and he said "I know what you are going to say!". I said "how can I not bet this horse today, it's gotta be some sort of sign (half-jokingly)?"
Well if this was a cool story I would say she jogged....... hold it. She did:
|8||Fagedaboudit Gal||Rivera L Jr||119||26.40||9.80||5.40|
|3||Goodness Greatness||Marquez C H Jr||119||3.20||2.40|
|4||Gaelic Journey||Lezcano J||122||4.00|
She took the lead, just like Sal, and never looked back. Also just like Sal, the two chalks filled out the tri.
I am a hard-number horseplayer. I look at numbers, I study the game. I do not believe in karma, or coincidence, or anything else along those lines.
But today I suspended my belief. For this one day if anyone told me that wins and losses in racing are all pre-determined, and that we are all just pawns in the game, I would not be able to argue.
Note: I rarely speak of my personal betting here in any specifics - that goes for wins or losses. We all know it is generally considered bad manners in the Internet world to speak of horses you bet that won, after the race. Come to think of it, it is just like real life. Anyhow, forgive me just this once, because frankly I can almost guarantee something X-files like this will never happen again.