It was bound to happen: my cat picked a huge winner and I didn’t.
I recognize that the presence of my felines on the left might lend a note of frivolity to my endeavors here; when I first began thinking about the blog, a fellow felinophile friend who has spent many hours at the races with me and my family and who has thus noted our penchant for hunch-betting cat horses, and who also has spent many hours with Madison and Floyd, suggested the “Cat Horse Pick of the Day” feature, and I confess that I fell for it, frivolity be damned.
I also thought it would be sort of cool to follow the trajectory of hunch betting, this in light of the fact that through the Saratoga meet, I’m pretty sure that my mother made more money than the rest of my family, and she hasn’t read a program since we owned harness horses in the 70’s and 80’s (and maybe not even then); she’s strictly a hunch bettor, and it served her well throughout the meet, with horses like My Dear Annie (her name is Ann) and Lady Joanne (her best friend’s name is Joanne—let’s leave the pronunciation disparity out of it).
Thus begat the cat horse feature, which has been mildly interesting but not much more until today. At school tonight preparing for an evening event, I sat on the stage doing a last-minute internet check and dropped by the results page at the NYRA website. Holy moly! Lava Cat at 30 – 1??? Taking into consideration Floyd’s results beginning at Belmont in mid-September, this score puts him up about $30 dollars, not bad for a $2 win bettor.
And you need not ask: no, I do not back up the cats’ picks with actual wagers, worse luck for me.