Horse-players' Wisdom from the Times

George Thompson george.thompson at NYU.EDU
Sun May 9 01:18:55 UTC 2004

There is a race-track adage for beaten handicappers -- "Why go to the funeral when you skipped the wedding?" -- that warns against jumping on the bandwagon when trying to divine something as unpredictable as a horse race.  (NY Times, May 7, 2004, p. D5, col. 6) [That is, you shouldn't bet Smarty Jones at poor odds in the Preakness if you didn't collect on the 4-1 in the Kentucky Derby.]


George A. Thompson
Author of A Documentary History of "The African Theatre", Northwestern Univ. Pr., 1998.

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