Back when I was married, we used to play the horses every Sunday. We were friends with an ex-jockey and he taught me (my ex wasn’t interested in learning) how to “read” horses and the “science” behind which horses to bet on. Basically, it’s all about stats & lineage and some other things but anyway, we would have a bunch of friends come over and the jockey would choose what he thought would be the winning horses and we would place bets on his choice (if we wanted to) and if we won, we’d pay him back 10%. We called it “The 10% Club” and it was this great, fun gambling party at our house every Sunday! We had so much fun. People would come over around noon and bring drinks and food and we’d play until the last race. We did win most of the time and the ex-jockey used to make quite a bit of money.
In the end, the bookie we were using had to quit because we were winning too much.
There’s a race track in Tokyo where the races are held at night and they’re called “The Twinkle Races”. We used to go to that, too, with a bunch of people and we’d just gamble and drink beers. I think Bing even went with us one time. Those horse racing days were really fun times.
I still love horse racing and watch it on TV sometimes. I don’t place bets anymore but I do like to watch it for the sport and to use what I learned and try to guess the winner.