“I’m picking Valentine, Cause on the morning line, The guy has got him figured at 5 to 9
Has chance, has chance, This guy says the horse has chance…” From Guys and Dolls, Fugue for the Tinhorns
You never know who you are going to meet at the Horse Races! On August 14, we went to Arlington Park Race Track for an afternoon of fun. The weather was picture perfect.
Once everyone was settled in their seats, curiosity led Cindy (Activity Director) and Holly (Activity Assistant) down a few steps to the track to talk with a woman in a red and white uniform sitting on a horse.
Cindy asked permission to take a picture. While snapping the shot, the horse seemed to strike a pose! It turned out that this horse, whose name is LS, was a celebrity.
He knew how to pose for pictures because he was in the movie Dreamer, with Kurt Russell and Dakota Fanning. In another coincidental meeting a bit later, Cindy ran into her cousin, Kathy!
Posting time for the Third Race was getting underway when we decided to place a few small bets. Having never bet at the horse races, we needed a few lessons. First, we got a crash course on what the “odds” meant. Then, we learned how to use the computers to place the bets.
Before long, Cindy was able to place a bet in about five seconds! Trying her luck, Busia picked horse number “7” (symbolizing perfection) to win in each race. Unfortunately, the perfection didn’t transfer to the horses and Busia didn’t win even a dime!
When it was time for the 6th and final race for us, everyone gave “bookie” Cindy their bets. Paula decided on Syndyrella, which excited Cindy since her brother-in-law calls her Cinderelli…and Cindy promised Paula’s horse would win. And it did!!!
Cindy had the final opportunity to learn how to collect the winnings using the computer. It was too bad that Paula’s winnings weren’t too big; otherwise we would have all gone out for dinner!
“But look at Epitaph, He wins it by a half, According to this here in the “Telegraph”
Big threat, big threat, This guy calls the horse big threat…” From Guys and Dolls, Fugue for the Tinhorns