Yep, yep, I wanted to go out and do something “different” instead of the usual hunting, fishing, diving, playing sports, or doing an activity that I’ve done before. Instead, I went out with a friend of mine to Golden Gate Fields and bet on some horse races for some money. Ha ha. Yeah… I’m not a drinker, smoker, or gambler but I figured that I would try this at least once by going to the racetrack. Sure, I’ve gone horseback ridingbut this time I was going to see the professionals do it with full gear and have the pressure on them to win since big money is at stakes here. Then again, horse betting is a very popular past time not only in the US but also, in the world.
Sure, I could bet online on which horses I wanted to put my hard-earned cash on but I wanted to see the excitement of being on-site for this one. It’s like going to a real live sports game compared to watching the game on TV. The audience, the atmosphere, and vibe are just totally different being there.
I do have to admit that watching the horses break out of the gates was okay but it was the turn that made hearts pumping. Who cares about how they started, it’s the ending that matters the most! I could feel other people having big hopes that their horse would win to where even inches matter in this sport. As the horses go head-to-head in the end, people are yelling and screaming for victory. It’s pretty neat to be there to say the least.
The whole thing is a pretty neat experience. There are many ways to bet such as predicting the top three horses, the top four horses, bet on a horse being third, the winner of 3 different races, etc. They have different ranges of payouts depending on odds.
The more hardcore gamblers will do their research and see who is the jockey, trainer, how old the horse is, what’s the horse’s color, what type of track, how long, will weather play a role, etc. There is so much involved that I can’t really get into specifics without boring people.
All in all, I did pretty good. I lost around $4-6 with $4 of it being my admission fee. So not a bad’s day of sitting around and watching the horses race. I think I would definitely try it again later on.