Overly Simplistic Slot Players and Obsessive-Compulsive Horse Players

Reader Lenny makes some very astute observations in response to my post about the small field sizes at Delaware Park and the lack of excitement those small fields generate for a horse player (like myself) with a preference for full fields and long shots who pay $12.00 to show. You can read Lenny’s comments here.

Speaking of Delaware Park, Equidaily has a link to an article about how slot competition from PA is affecting business in Delaware and what the Racinos are doing to keep their slot loving minions happy and uninclined to wander over the state line to the new Harrahs in Chester PA. Delaware surveys its customers regularly and it seems increasing numbers of their slots players are beginning to think the slots payouts are getting smaller and infrequent. Slots players being a rather simplistic bunch who think take out only applies to Chinese food, have begun to grumble that maybe the slots in Delaware are rigged. Call it sour grapes or whatever a loser is never happy but this is just further proof that slots players are overly simplistic dummies who will never become crossover bettors. Being a horse player requires some common sense, analytical skill and an attention span of at least 25 minutes. These are qualities that the average slot player does not have.

The down side to having a modicum of common sense, analytical skill and an attention span is that horse players have a tendency to be obsessive compulsive. No where is this tendency more apparent these days than in the constant reporting about Kentucky Derby workout minutia in the press and on the blogs. I guess in this era of two-race campaigns these workouts take on more significance but all this ink about Hard Spun in 57 1/5 with the fractions for every furlong published are going to mean squat come Saturday. There is really no way to logically sort out what these workouts mean relative to each other and nothing can take the place of these horses getting out there on the track and competing. You know I hate to give equine Svengali Todd any credit but I think Master Todd summed it up best when he said.

You can make a case for horses, or you can make a case against them,” he said. “There is not a right way to do any of this. You just lead the horses over there, and every year one of them comes back a winner. You hope someday it will be your horse.”

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