Friday, May 28, 2010

WIN OR LOSE

I’m not a gambling woman. You won’t find me frequenting casinos or playing poker. Betting is out of my league, except for the occasional lottery ticket. No use throwing good money after bad. But three times a year… from the beginning of May until early June… we get a hankering for horses, at our house. This historic sport dominates our weekends. We become glued to the television set watching The Kentucky Derby, The Preakness and Belmont Stakes. You see horse racing is in my blood. My dear departed grandfather was more than familiar with a race track. He used to play the ponies, in years gone by. One of my earliest memories... is seeing him with a pencil, stuffed behind his ear, and a racing form in his hand. Just like him… my hubby and I try to pick the ponies, the day of the races. Instead of relying on the newspaper, like grandpa used to do… we scour the Internet looking for details on the horses, their owners, trainers and jockeys. We compile the data, print out the odds, and pick our favorites for the big day. We're in it, to WIN... but no cash exchanges hands. We do this for BRAGGING RIGHTS only. And we do it for FUN. On Derby Day, I follow tradition and wear a hat, downing a cocktail or two. But please... no Mint Julips, we hate them. Sorry Kentucky. During The Preakness, I lament about Black-Eyed Susans not really being in season. They use daisies with painted centers. My heart aches when I hear Maryland, My Maryland… it reminds me of home. Then, we anxiously wait to see the weathervane on top of the Old Clubhouse Replica, get painted with the winner’s colors. When The Belmont Stakes finally rolls around, a few weeks later... we already know... whether or not, there’s a contender for The Triple Crown. And we know... that this is the last leg of the season, for us... so we can’t help being a little melancholy, as we belt out the lyrics to New York, New York. This is it. Game On! “Start spreading the news”… “ To the VICTOR go the spoils“… to the LOSER… there’s always Horse Racing next year.

4 comments:

Joan said...

Reading your entry reminded me so much of my Grandfather he was a great gambler on the horses. This was long before betting shops here in Scotland he used to give his 'lines' to a runner and when he was to old and frail to get out he threw them out the window of his flat. Oh days gone by. Thank you for reviving memories long gone. Love Joan.

Bucko (a.k.a., Ken) said...

Sounds like a fun tradition you have started. We enjoy watching, though a few years ago with the injuries it was heartwrenching.

Nelle said...

Are you from Maryland? I lived there until I was eleven years old. I have a red hat my son bought me that I have never worn now I am thinking that next year for the viewing of the Kentucky Derby would be perfect. Happy Birthday weekend! Many happy returns.

Missie said...

I'm not a gambling kind of gal myself either. Have a good rest of your week.