One of the greatest things about horse racing, both live and when you’re playing it in the game, is the excitement of the sport itself. I love doing my homework and learning everything I can to make sure that I am completely prepared for a race. But I also love having to think on my feet once I’m out on the track. Because I’ve found that for me to be successful, there has to be a balance between the two. I can go into a race more prepared than anyone else, but if I can’t quickly think and make the necessary adjustments once that gate opens, I’m in trouble.
In horse racing, things can change in an instant. Think about this. When I started racing this year at Hollywood Park, I went zero for thirty. That’s not so good. But just a short time later, I ended up sitting in the third place position overall. What a great sport! And in the game, jockeys have even more of an advantage, because in the game, we get to do the race over and over again until we get it exactly right. How cool is that?! Think about that Hollywood Park example I gave. It’s pretty dismal and discouraging starting out zero for thirty. But then think about this. Last year, I won four races on the same day – and two of them were Grade 1 races. That variety is what I love about horse racing. Obviously, I would rather win all the time. And I definitely wish I would have had the chance to re-run a race that I lost, but each race was a learning experience – helping to sharpen my instincts and my skills. That’s how it is in the game. It can seem discouraging sometimes if you don’t seem to be doing all that great, but keep at it! One of the keys to success in live and fantasy horse racing is to keep trying. And remember, always keep learning. There’s always more to be discovered, more adjustments to be made to a race, always more fun to be had! So no matter what, have fun and keep playing!