Alten furtz here again. I hit the enter button twice aiming for shift. Again, the point is that time is on your side, all winning horseplayers side. It is much more satisfying to me to walk out of the track as a winner, even small, knowing I made mostly right decisions and I am not beating up on myself. You can still have fun, watching the races, correlating the running of races you don't wager on into what you see in the form to what you see in the race. It eventually all begins to make sense. "My lack of confidence in my handicapping cost me" If you are not sure, if EVERYTHING is not right, if you have not slammed the form shut after looking at the race, knowing who the winner is, then just pass and enjoy. Del Mar is a hard place to leave.
More unsolicited suggestions from an alten furtz. If you were to invest $100 a month for the next 40 years into a mutual fund which averaged a 10% return, at the end of 40 years you would have over $630,000. Since 1932, the stock market has averaged 11.1% return, 7% in price appreciation and 4.1% in dividends. What I am getting at is that time is on your side as a young man, but time's a wastin too. Investing at the racetrack is very much the same principle. If you only have $36 to invest, then invest wisely. On just your two or three races you like the best and just bet WPS and not the exotics. Even a $10 show bet on a horse that pays $4.00 will now get you $20 to bet to show on another horse paying $4.00 and suddenly you have a $30 profit. Just an example, not necessarily the way to wager a race.
Alex, In the early 90's, I had the good fortune to be the racing writer for the local newspaper. I had to make public picks for all of the races. It was the most fun job I have ever had. The pay sucked but my horseplaying education expanded exponentially. I was also able to write articles of my choosing, not suggestions from an editor. I like your attitude. You will do fine. Break a leg. Ooops, different profession. RonZ
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