Off to the Races

September 17th, 2014 | Uncategorized

It was a great day at the Leopardstown Racecourse for the Irish Championship Stakes before heading to Nicole’s game and spending the night in Dublin with our fellow scholars.

Ronnie and I tied our bowties, or as they say “dicey-bows,” and we were off to the races with Caroline, Aimee, Pat and Melissa. We were lucky enough to have an opportunity to attend the Irish Championships Stakes at the Leopardstown Racecourse thanks to Coolmore and Poly for generously providing us the tickets.

We met up with fellow scholars Jen Morabito and Christine Ganser, Katie Ganser and some of the Maguire clan. Although I had been to Carolina Cup once before in the US, I never closely watched a horse race nor made a bet. Given that my funds are limited at the moment, I was resisting the temptation to place a bet. However, Aimee told me to pick a horse and she would put up a Euro each way.
I quickly picked #4 named Elleval (which immediately makes me think of the late great Brett Favre). Once we got out to the stands to watch the race, I looked up and viewed the odds for Elleval…. 25/1. It did not appear as though I would be winning any money in my first bet, but I figured there is always a next time.

The horses were racing around the home stretch! Enya and I were trying to find Elleval at the middle or back of the pack. Given the dense pack and the speed at which the horses were moving, it was difficult to identify any of the horses. As they neared the finish line, we realized that Elleval had been at the front of the pack. At the end, it appeared as though Elleval placed second. I went to collect my winnings, which turned out to be 4.50 for every Euro. Unfortunately, I only got 4.50 in winnings, but it was a great feeling none the less.

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