At first glance, I didn’t think that answering this question would require an enormous amount of thought or effort. I am a normal alpha male of the species. I bet on horses to win money. Well, that’s what I thought until I looked at that statement and paused for a moment.
That certainly is part of the reason that I bet on the horses. But as I dug a little deeper inside myself I found that I also liked the feeling I got from picking the winner out of a large field of horses. Finding the winner that not everyone at the track found. Yeah, that’s a little ego stroker there, but it feels good so we can add feeling good to the reasons I bet.
Then there’s the camaraderie of getting together with other like-minded folks for some yelling and screaming at the track as we cheer on our horse. If they win then they are the greatest and if not, well, where is the glue factory? Yea, so there’s another reason. To be part of the team, There’re lots of horses in a race, so lots of teams and even though there is only one first place horse, the fact that I am there participating makes ME a winner.
Then there is just the overall excitement factor. Let’s face it you can get a nice feeling watching your ball team play a game, heck you can even go back to reason number one and bet and make or lose some money on that ball team. But you are only betting there is no skill.
With horse racing, you have to take a time to analyze some date and make a decision based on that data and then bet. That means that if you win, you actually took an active part in that win and if you lose, well you can place the blame on you. Unless of course the horse goes lame or breaks a leg in the race, in which case you’re back to the glue factory again.
Goodness, and this was supposed to be a simple explanation of why I bet on horses.
Next, I decided that the actual trip there was something that I enjoy. Getting away from the old castle and making the journey far to the track is like a little miniature adventure, which never ceases to bring out the little boy in me, and I actually look forward to the traffic getting there and parking. As opposed to dreading the traffic I face en route to my daily nine to five grind.
Then we can add to the actual thrill of just feeling the day and getting engulfed in the overall feeling that is the racetrack. The sights, the sounds, the smells and just the whole overall experience of being a part of something like that.
I guess when it comes right down to it I bet on the horses for the money but the dividends it pays me back in the feeling that I get from it far outweigh what I do in cash even if I win. But yeah, on a great day I get to enjoy all of this and come home with a tidy sum of money in my pocket as well.