it, I can’t do math, never could. I’ve taken abuse from nuns as if I was a
P.O.W, but I just can’t grasp something like fractions. If you want to blow my
mind, talk to me about furlongs. I don’t know a furlong from a furlough. Sure,
I can Google ‘What’s a furlong? And it tells me its 201 meters. Then I have to look
up what a dern meter is. It’s roughly 1/8 of a mile. Not a big help.
150 lbs and became a jockey because he’s shrunken with age. Johnnie’s first
race is the fifth at Aqueduct and he’s on Dunce Cap. The race is six
furlongs and his horse going off as the 9/2 favorite. If 1/8 of a mile is one
furlong, how many times will Johnnie scream like a girl during the race
covering six furlongs?
I don’t know
the answer, but I’m tickled pink to think that I’ve lost a buck fifty. Sister
Marie Amy, where are you? I picture myself at the blackboard, only this time I
got the ruler and glaring at Sister Marie Amy because I’ve escaped from out of
the dreaded cloak room. Even in that fantasy,
I can’t figure out 1/8 x 6. I admit I need special help. And not from my shrink
this time, the only math he does is the co-payment.
1/8 x 6 and found that 6 furlongs is .75 or ¾ of a mile, you see they showed me the answer in pizza slices. Why couldn’t they have used picture’s of pizza’s
back in the day, my knuckles would be a lot straighter.
back to the blackboard only
this time we’re going to look at the odds. I know favorites and a long shot and
I guess that’s all I need to know. But who is the dude who establishes those
odds. He must know his times table and gazinta’s really well.
the difference between two horses going off at 5/2 or 3/5? I went back to my gizmo
phone and found out that a lot of people bet their hard earned savings without
a working knowledge of the odds and it's fractions. I think there are support groups for the mathematically
challenged like us. 5/2 is greater than 2/1 where as 3/5 is less than 2/1. So
the 3/5 would be the favorite.
And then it would happen. I would raise my hand
and tell Sister Marie Amy that I didn’t understand her explanation, “So how do
you know that 5/2 is greater than 2/1?” And
the next thing I know is that I’m standing tall in front of the blackboard, which
was always green! And people wondered why I don’t get math.
Heck, I don’t get fractions, knowing that a horse is 3/10’s faster than his last time out only means that it’s a good run to me. And as a fan of that sport, I should know fractions and decimal points. But I really don’t get it and I never did so if you see me at the track, don’t bust my hoof prints. Explain it to me, because I just might get it someday. Riders Up!