Who got you interested in becoming a horseplayer? James Quinn taught a handicapping class at Del Mar many years ago that got me interested, but it was a maiden named Ribot Land that got me hooked when he won my friends and I over $4,000 on a pick three wager that cost $12. It was the most thrilling finish to three consecutive races and felt like a well-earned fortune to a teenager who was used to making $4 per hour back then!
The BCBC Winning Wager: A $3,000-win bet in the Breeders’ Cup Turf on the French import Talismanic at 14-1 odds, which got my score to $50,000. I then bet large exactas in the Classic keying Gun Runner on top and playing against Arrogate in 2nd.
Fun Fact: “There are a lot to choose from! I won one of the first, if not the first, live money tournaments at Santa Anita about 20 years ago when I was still in college due in large part to a 50-1 longshot called Ruffaffair who won a bottom-level claimer. The horse had like 5 or 6 bad trips in a row, but that day he got a perfect trip. It was greatly satisfying to see my work following a claimer like Ruffaffair pay off big.”
Favorite Horse: “Toss-up between Beholder and Free House. I saw both of their very first starts as 2 year olds, recognized they had tremendous talent right away, made lots of money betting on each, and followed their careers to their final starts. I will never forget how great Free House looked in the paddock before he won the Pacific Classic and how much fatter he got as a stallion when I visited him at the breeding farm!”