I got the horse right here, the name is Paul Revere

Did you know that Podunk Pelline in going to the horsey races at Santa Anita Park? Not only that but it’s the Breeders’ Cup, an annual day of racing designed to prop up a dying sport.

There’s a certain irony here. Podunk loves to trash old white guys in Nevada County, but no sport exemplifies old white guys like horse racing. Even they are abandoning the “Sport of Kings;” the only tracks that make good money these days are those with card rooms, slot machines and other forms of gambling–racinos, as they’re known.

Horse racing is a sucker’s play anyway. Assuming the races are on the up-and-up (not always a given), the state and the tracks in California take anywhere from 15 percent to 24 percent off the top of the betting pool. In other words, you risk a dollar to win 76 to 85 cents. Only an idiot tries to buck those odds.

Given Podunk’s track record in making predictions, I’d advise him to stick to $2 show bets.  Or he might want to listen to Stubby Kaye. While they have similar girth, Stubby actually had talent. Here’s the man at the top of his game.

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