I start to pay much closer attention to horse racing in late March/early April, when racing returns to the main track at Aqueduct and the Kentucky Derby contenders start to come into sharper focus.
In the meantime, I've been surfing around the net trying to find tidbits for the blog, and I came up with a good one today.
Everyone who plays the Breeder's Cup knows that those eight races (11 this year) are a parade of longshots - very, very hard on the wallet. As it turns out, if you had simply bet the same amount to win on every single horse in the Breeder's Cup from 1999 to 2003, inclusive, you would have won money.
I couldn't find a more recent story working in the results from 2004 to 2006, but I'll bet the findings wouldn't have changed much. And to think I spent all that time handicapping those races just to lose my shirt.