Thanks Scott. I did play him across, though my enthusiasm was somewhat dampened by how most of the dirt winners were closing from off the pace. Baffert screamed to anybody who would listen that Game On Dude was going to have one way to go and one way only, and that was straight to the front and not look back. I was just glad that he was disrespected at the windows enough to make a small ATB wager worth something.
Which leads me, unfortunately, to a redboard. Because of the way closers were winning, I decided that I needed to find one. I'll give you three guesses which one I landed on and the first two don't count!
I put down another ATB wager on Drosselmeyer, which was great and all that, but here's the killer. I was so afraid that Game On Dude might not be able to last on the pace that I opted NOT to invest in an exacta box! How stupid and chicken-livered was that???!!!
It just goes to show that you can't win any significant money playing the horses by playing scared to lose. It becomes a self-fulfilling condition. I'm thrilled with the money I won......would never complain about that. But I learned a lesson.
If you DO bet two horses across the board, it means, first of all, that they are both pretty big prices, and second of all, an exacta box, even with just a $10 bill, is simply not optional.....period!