I can see it now. Some of you are reading this with tear-stained eyes, stubble on your chin (this is especially disconcerting when I picture my female readers) and last night’s whiskey on your breath. With deep sighs and shuddering breaths you listen to “When Can I See You,” the 1994 hit by Kenneth Edmonds (aka “Babyface”), and reflect longingly on Saratoga… or Del Mar… or both.

To you I say: Get over it.

Yeah, yeah, I know, Saratoga and Del Mar are special, magical places. Well, so is Hogwarts, but you don’t see Daniel Radcliffe moping around, do you? That’s because Radcliffe knows what I know — that the Belmont and Keeneland Fall Championship meets are right around the corner.

So wipe away those tears, sober up and get ready for two of the best race meetings in North America:

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‘Serious’ Betting and Charles Dickens

On my latest podcast, I described my recent foray into serious betting as the Tale of Two Cities: the best of times, the worst of times.

On the plus side, I’ve made money — quite a bit of money, actually. From Sept. 1 until Sept. 4 when I took a break (more on that later), I made over $1,000. My starting $500 bankroll now stands at $1,619.71.


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From a macro perspective, I was also pretty consistent, with winning days on Sept. 1, 2 and 4. However, I did not — or should I say have not yet? — made any headway toward my goal of grinding out profits, rather than having them delivered in chunks. 

Truth be told, I made the bulk of my money on one race: the finale at Fort Erie on Tuesday, Sept. 4, where I found a great overlay in Aberforth — not only to win, but also in the exotics pools. Hence, I decided to quit (temporarily) while I was ahead and spend more time ironing out the wrinkles in my play.


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I’ll keep everyone posted.

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