Monmouth Park Racetrack, New Jersey’s premier home for thoroughbred racing, opens on Mother’s Day weekend and bringing mom to the track on her special day is a Garden State tradition. We all went with my mother- and father-in-law in tow.
The horses are called to the starting gate before each race by the At The Post trumpet.
My father-in-law poured over the racing program before each race. He performed complicated mathematical calculations that took track condition, jockey weight, length of race and performance history into account. Each painfully scrutinized bet resulted in one crushing loss after another.
I asked 3-year old daughter which horse would win.
“Number 3? The number 3 horse is going to win?”
Of course, number 3 won. This happened a few times. Try to imagine how satisfying that was.
The girls anxiously eye the finish line. Placing a $2 bet is a critical life skill that should be taught to your children. When she’s 14 I’ll show her where the sucker bets are on a crap table.