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The Weekly Tout

I'll Have a Cigar and the Clark Please


I was already in a bad mood when they rounded the last turn and he was in sixth. For some reason, I didn’t believe he was going to do it one more time. Yet time after time, Will Take Charge comes back from a big deficit to win. This time it was in the Clark Handicap at Churchill Downs on Black Friday. And it changed my mood and my day around.

I had to work on Black Friday which is a hard thing to do after you spend the day before with family, laughing and singing and filling our faces as we do. My son Dave came home for the holiday and was leaving back for Vermont after I got home from a hard day at the salt mine. It was then that I found out that his heater and defroster in his car wasn’t working. I’m no mechanic and have no knowledge of the cars today. I can change a starter in a 73 Chevy pickup but that’s about it. I checked the fuses and they were fine. It was 22 degrees and he was going to be cold. And he was.


As he beeped off into the night, I melted into my chair and sighed. I needed to change my mood. And it was then I remembered that the Clark was going off soon and I still had time to get my bets in. It’s more than the cash that I have won off of Will Takes Charge’s lather. It’s the beauty, speed and power of this uber equine. He comes back from the dead so often, I think he is a vampire only his teeth are too flat. Will Take Charge by a whisker again, it was thrilling. It was similar to the Travers last summer. Ah, was that a nice day as well. And instead of spending all of my money going to Black Friday sales, I made enough money most likely to be used as a loan, fixing my son’s heater in that old Alero.   


Saturday was another big day. For racing I mean. I didn’t accomplish one dern thing. But once again, I had a good day at the track, mastering the chalk boards as if I knew what the heck I was talking about. I waited with a turkey sandwich for the Cigar Mile. I knew that all the hype was about Groupie Doll. It’s all you read and heard about was Groupie Doll this or that, but I knew Flat Out was going to pull off an upset when I woke up that morning. I felt it. Did you ever know a head of time that your horse was going to win? I’m not talking about placing a bet and hoping, I felt this one and confidently bet him across the board for the nice price in which he went off . 


And it paid off because I trusted myself. I made some money and was able to enjoy some of the best late autumn racing. But more importantly, I was able to enjoy my family and no matter how cold they are in their car, they are always warm at our home.  Hope your holiday went well … the Weekly Tout.




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Nice article. Glad you picked two winners in two huge races!

Meet Johnnie Carrier


With 10 years of writing a humor column for his home town paper under his belt, Johnnie Carrier has decided to try something different. He is a graduate of the Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey’s Clown College Class of 1977 and traveled the West with Circus Vargas in 1979.

 In the 80’s, Carrier lived in New York City and Boston, but he settled down however in the smallest city in Massachusetts late in the decade and married Dawn Luskin in ’88. David was born in 1991 and has been blessed with his father’s sense of humor, but luckily his mother’s good looks.

 Racing has been more than a casual interest having lived so close to Saratoga. He started going to the track at a very young age with his parents and has tried to instill that passion into his son by taking him at the same age. In 2003, Carrier started to write as a freelance writer with the North Adams Transcript and can be followed there at the paper’s website.  


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