Happy new year! We wake up this morning looking forward to a fine day of racing to kick off the new year, a day on which all the horses get a year older, and a day on which I hope that you christen your racing year propitiously and profitably.
I’ll be spending my New Year’s Day 2010 at Calder at the Tropical Park Derby (with a Cat and a Kitten racing, how could I resist?). But first, the Brooklyn Backstretch Racing Resolutions for 2010:
–After years of encouragement by Ernie Munick, I resolve to make at least one multi-race wager a month. He needs to let me know whether doubles count, or if the bets need to be a minimum of a Pick 3.
–I resolve to keep betting cat horses. I’ve almost certainly got a negative ROI on these bets, but it’s sure exciting when they win, especially at long odds. And, hey, the kittens ended the Saratoga meet profitably…
–I resolve to handicap seriously at least one race a month. Seriously: for one race, throw out the usual strategies of hunch bets and favorite trainers, and seriously, dispassionately observe past performances and draw conclusions. (Resolutions are supposed to be hard, right?)
–I resolve, after two consecutive summer aborted attempts, to make it to Colonial Downs. Year 1 was cancelled because a travel partner bailed; Year 2 because of the kittens’ arrival. Year 3: pre-Saratoga, I’ll be there for at least one weekend.
I don’t believe that I made any racing resolutions last year, but a quick look at them from 2008 reveals mixed results. I do get over bad beats faster (it’s been weeks since I’ve moaned about barely missing the superfecta in the Breeders’ Cup Mile), and I am slightly—only slightly—less sentimental than I was then. But earlier this week, I made a bet—or a series of bets—on a race, and while I cashed one of the tickets, the payout didn’t cover the investment. Must, must, MUST stop doing that.
And you? What are your racing resolutions for 2010?
Best wishes to all of you for a happy, healthy, peaceful 2010—see you at the races!