For some Breeders’ Cup fun, consider taking the magic bottle challenge.
Step 1: handicap the races and predict the winners of the thirteen year-end championship races.
Step 2: create a pie chart with fourteen slices and number them 1 to 14.
Step 3: select a bottle. Perhaps choose a Breeders’ Cup sponsor like Stella Artois or 14 Hands Winery. I use Mountain Valley Spring Water. It is bottled in Hot Springs, the city of my home track Oaklawn.
Step 4: Spin the bottle on top of the pie chart. The magic bottle will select the program number of a horse its top is pointing to when it stops spinning.
Step 5: Place a mythical (or actual?) show bet on your selections and the Magic Bottle’s selections. See if you can beat the bottle!
Here’s what I’m cooking with this year:
Last year, I played $2 across on the selections. Here are the results:
Sara Dacus: +67.20 One pick scratched
Magic Sparkling Water Bottle: -26.20 Two picks scratched
Please note: This game idea came from the Post Parade blog (postparade.blogspot.com). The author is a witty horseracing fan in Texas.