I like horse racing. I feel a little guilty about it since I know so many Thoroughbreds are discarded afterwards, and it would be so much better for the horses if they were started racing at an older age. Even so, I love to watch those horses run.
Betting is also fun, but I am not in it for the money. I like to check out the trainer names, jockeys, and even the horses' names before I place my wager. Making a bet on a horse just because he has an interesting name is probably not the best way to make a few bucks, but Thoroughbred racing appeals to my emotional side.
And then California Chrome showed up on my radar. He's from Kern County, and he started work just a few miles north of Bakersfield. His co-owner was also originally from Bakersfield. And he was cheap, my kind of horse. His dam was purchased for $8,000 and the stud fee was $2,000. Who doesn't love an underdog from your own backyard?
I was going to use Churchhill Downs's betting site, but they wanted things like my social security number, and I just didn't feel comfortable with that option so I went with another betting service. They've been so slippery that I don't even want to share the website's name. Now, I know that I probably clicked an agreement to terms button, but to be honest, the site was quick to accept my deposit without presenting their terms a bit more obviously. Buyer beware, right?
I did make the bet, $75 in total. $25 was mine and $50 was from my husband. I liked the horse, but not that much. And as luck would have it, he won. I wasn't able to watch the race as I was at another Christian Schacht clinic, but I checked on my winnings as soon as I got home.
I wasn't a total freak on the phone, but I let the "bookie" know what I thought of their business practices. After informing him that I would not be placing any further bets with this site, he let me know that on Fridays, bettors could request a payout while saving up to $50 of the fees. Oh.
However, before I could request a payout, I had to send in a copy of my driver's license which shows my current address as well as photos of the both the front and back of my credit card. WHAT???????
So … they could take my deposit without any verification, and they would have been delighted had I lost, but since I won, they now needed to verify my identity and mailing address. Are you freaking kidding me???????
I sense an identity theft in my very near future.