Monday, April 28, 2014

Hat Week, Day Three -- Bet On The Colors

It's day three of Hat Week! As we round the track into Derby, I thought I'd share some of my wisdom about wagering on the horses (also known as "how to lose money FAST")

Some people pore over the racing forms, analyzing the records of the horses, the condition of the track, the record of the jockeys, and the phase of the moon.

I go much more scientifically. The color of the jerseys, the catchy name of the horse, any theme that seems to run through the entries.

(True story: I was at an event at Churchill Downs a few years ago, and there was a jockey named Jesus riding a horse named Altar Boy. That was a pretty good convergence of jockey and horse.  But when I saw a couple of nuns who were attending the same event betting on this one, you'd better believe I was in the line right behind them. And yes, Altar Boy won.)

Anyway, I do not have a foolproof, successful method for winning at the track, but I do bet based on the colors of the jockey silks fairly often. So in honor of this fail-proof (ha!) method, I thought today's hat/jewelry combo should be based on color -- specifically turquoise and brown.

Look at this fabulous hat!  It's a fashion statement and a feat of engineering.

And my necklace -- a peyote flower, nestled among turquoise howlite and brown Czech glass druks.

Again, the necklace would be a little easier to fit into the car on the way to the races, but the hat would certainly get you more attention!


Therese's Treasures said...

I like your way of betting. That is a pretty cool hat and I love the necklace you chose to pair up with the hat.

Christine Altmiller said...

I would bet on these colors immediately! Gorgeous Necklace!! And very cool hat. Colors and names are the way I do our living room betting too. I never win, but my daughter does and she always gets whoever is left, so no science there whatsoever! Good luck this year :-)

AntiquityTravelers said...

LOVE that necklace - the colors are FAB.BU.LOUS!!! That hat is a perfect match, but have to admit wondering exactly how you keep that on your head?

I think that is exactly how I'd pick horses at the track ... colors, silks, names, horses ... seems like a pretty good method. It's a bit like my method for March Madness :)