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Let it ride.

After a sparkling first day of wagering on the Breeders Cup races last Friday, I fell back to Earth on Saturday, with a couple of close-but-no-cigar specials.

The 2009 Breeders Cup


In the Classic, I had all my money on Gio Ponti, and there was a moment at the top of the stretch when I thought it might happen—-but the remarkable Zenyatta roared to a thrilling victory, with Gio Ponti finishing second.

4 Zenyatta Smith M E 123 7.60 5.60 3.80
7 Gio Ponti Dominguez R A 126 9.20 6.60
5 Twice Over (GB) Queally T P 126 7.00

Now then. Had I done a Win-Place-Show bet on Gio Ponti, I would have realized a nice profit. But as a casual horse player, I’ve never been a big fan of hedging my bets, so to speak. I want my horse to win baby win! If he comes in second, so be it.

My only regret is that I finished the weekend -$250. Had Gio Ponti pulled off the upset, I would have had at least several hundred in profits, and all of that would have gone to charity.

Ah well. Had a great time betting online with and watching the races at Bull & Bear.



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