thanks Marcel. I've been doing good. At least before
I came to Daytona."
worry, you will do much better from
now on." "Do you think that speed will
make that much of a difference?"
but it's more than that. Please tell your readers
not to expect overnight success from these simple
steps. I've got almost 25 years of racing experience.
But yes, I can safely say that with speed, your
readers will win more races."
know, I made $160,000 in the last three months.
And that includes 3 Twin-Tri's and 3 Tri-supers.
Do you know how hard it is to hit a Twin-Tri or
a Tri-Super just once in your life, much less 6
times in just the last 3 months?
order for you to be successful, you must be totally
selective about which race you choose to put your
money into and which race you decide to leave for
the Saturday night house number crowd to bet on
instead? Do you see?" "Yes!"
almost came to my eyes. A thousand bucks blown
on races. But man, was it worth it. I know that
if Marcel would have just told me this in a lecture,
I would have missed the point and continued to
lose forever. It took my own green cash to see
it turn into worthless tickets-in order to understand
that I had played numerous races in my own quest
for self- esteem these past four days. And it took
this honest man, with tons of patience, to help
show me that I must never forget the lesson.
that you, and only you, must decide if the race
has a distinct advantage for you. And this is something
that neither the crowd, nor your buddy, nor the
tote board or tip sheet can do for you. "Does
the dog have speed to get out ahead of the pack,
ahead of the spills and bumps of the slower dogs
behind him so that, once ahead, he can beat any
and all closers to the wire?" This is the
only question that counts.
thanks for teaching me this lesson."
was my pleasure."
had given me years of insight in just four days.
At 12:45 the next afternoon, I made my last Daytona
show, the Monday matinee. In the first race, with
a last-minute hunch, I played the 1-3-7 with the
2 with 1-3-4-7-8 and the 2 with 1-3-7- with 1-3-4-7-8
and the 5 (the favorite) got bumped because of
a slow break from the box, I won the trifecta for
$388.80.Having learned my lesson, I then watched
the rest of the races as now, with almost half
of my losses back, it was a good place in this
story to quit racing and go home.
Marcel and I said good-bye, I promised to stay
out of the cage forever. When I got back to Milwaukee,
I noticed that Agent Geno was still winning at
Dairyland. And then, as I looked over the form
for speed, and I noticed that a new shipper had
just arrived, a dog from Daytona, so I called Marcel.
guess what? We've got a shipper from Daytona. He
went to Palm Beach for one race and now he's here.
He looks to have speed in a field of trucks in
the eighth tonight-our super."
the dog's name? I'll tell you if he's any good."
name is Prototype..."
Drive! He's a rocket. He'll win by six!"
I'll play him $210 All/All/All."
don't do that. Who else do you like?"
the 4 and 7."
go Prototype with 4-7, All, All and Prototype with
All with 4-7 with All for $120. Then throw both
of those out and key Prototype with the other five
remaining dogs for $60. If the 4 and 7 come in
second and third, either way, then you will win
the $2 price instead of the $1, do you understand?
Good, then good luck."
that night I patiently waited through seven too-hard-to-call
races and then in the eighth... I went to the window
and plunked down the cash to structure the wager
just as Marcel had advised me to do. And then,
because the pool was there, $10,000 deep and counting,
and it is my job to do as much with it as I can,
I also played seven $6 keys with Prototype Drive
on top, plus $50 to show and the quiniela too!
was a minute before post and suddenly I got cold
feet. "Oh my, $320 on one race-quinielas,
supers, even a $50 show ticket. What if Marcel
is wrong? I hate to watch this. What if I'm a loser
again? Not now! Not in this race, with his speed
dog from Daytona!" Scared to the bone, I hurried
out the exit. The security man gave me a weird
look. "Can't stand to watch this race," I
said with a weird look on my own.
God you can't hear the announcer outside Dairyland,
because I wanted no part of this race. "What
a handicapper! Chicken liver, gut-sucking juke
I am." But as the cool breeze from the Wisconsin
spring night crossed my face I began to settle
down. " Well, who else in that race has speed
enough to catch him? No one. And do you think that
at least one of the other two greyhounds, the 4
or the 7, should at least come in second or third?
Yup. Then what are you worried about? After all,
it's only money."
I walked back, I heard the announcer say, "And
the results are official. The winner is Prototype
Drive." I heard that #6 Mr. Postman had finished
second and #4 Little Traveler had come in third.
I won the race! And, as I came off of the escalator
and looked out at the tote board from the clubhouse,
I saw that Prototype Drive had not only won the
race, but he helped create an IRS ticket worth
$804.40 when the #3 Hardtrack, a 23-1 dogs, came
in fourth. I was in heaven. "Thank you, Marcel,
then I browsed through my tickets for my show bet
and saw that on top of my $19.20 quiniela, which
I had hit six times, one of my small, $6 keys had
also won and now, my friend, instantly my Florida
trip was paid for with another $804.40 IRS winning
ticket. That's $1,608.80 in just 30.73 seconds!
following Saturday, Prototype Drive was entered
into a 3/16ths stakes race. He was in the #1 box
again, but this time all the dogs were fast. But
I won with him once, so I played him again, this
time with #3 Riviera Dawn, who was the second favorite.
Prototype Drive won, but the 3 didn't come in.
But then, in my last wheel of 1/all/236/all I saw
that the #6 came in third and I hit $684.60 (another
IRS signer) as Prototype Drive set a new 1994 3/16ths
speed record at Dairyland with a time of 17.91
It's been a great month since I met Marcel-and
it's going to be a great forever!
taught me so much, (even though I didn't take his
course) including money management to never cash
those big winning tickets right then but to consider
them money and not winnings and to collect the
money some other time, when you are more cool and
rational, as after a big win, we all get cocky,
and we try to win again in the next race, which
unfortunately is a too-hard-to-call race. And then
we start to lose again.