The No-Cash Bears

blueline

EOG Master
I think if you freelanced/ hustled you could get 5 bucks a horse which works out to 10/HR....on salary I got about $120 week for 3- 4 horses per day
 

John Kelly

Born Gambler
Staff member
I think if you freelanced/ hustled you could get 5 bucks a horse which works out to 10/HR....on salary I got about $120 week for 3- 4 horses per day

I suffered from allergies and could not work around the horses.

The hay really got to me.

Did you ever suffer any injuries when working on the backside?

It's amazing how many backstretch workers have a little hitch in their giddyup.
 

blueline

EOG Master
First time I was ever in the paddock for a race I was cow-kicked ....I tried to act cool like it didnt hurt....left a horseshoe imprint on my thigh...if I had been standing at a little different angle....I can't even imagine the pain that would have been

Also stepped on a couple of times but thats it
 

Rockfish

EOG Addicted
Your role on the backstretch, ROCK?
Thought i wanted to be a trainer. Started at the bottom. Cleaning stalls, bathing horses, and all the other stuff. Worked for a couple of small guys. Bought in to some cheap claimers trying to get a good one and make some money.

Long hours and hard work and i loved it on the backstretch. Very difficult to make any money. Always many good stories and gossip about people. It is just like a soap opera. So many interesting characters. Drug and alcohol abuse was very common.

After a few years, looking at guys that were 30 years older than me and they were living on the backside with no money and living in tack rooms and moving every three months realized this life ain't for me.
 

Rockfish

EOG Addicted
Hell JK, working on the backside i got to know three guys you know pretty well. The guy i was working for was training a horse for a guy named Bruce. Got to know him well and we went out to eat regular. He then moved out to Vegas and eventually went to work for the computer group.

By 95 i moved to Vegas and Bruce helped me get my first apartment in the same complex he lived in. Well, you know the rest of the story because you have written stories about him in the past. He was the one who disappeared with 250K of the computers money after the 96 Super Bowl between Dallas and Pittsburgh. Dallas won but didn't cover. Had dinner with Bruce two nights before he left town and i have never seen him again.
 

John Kelly

Born Gambler
Staff member
Hell JK, working on the backside i got to know three guys you know pretty well. The guy i was working for was training a horse for a guy named Bruce. Got to know him well and we went out to eat regular. He then moved out to Vegas and eventually went to work for the computer group.

By 95 i moved to Vegas and Bruce helped me get my first apartment in the same complex he lived in. Well, you know the rest of the story because you have written stories about him in the past. He was the one who disappeared with 250K of the computers money after the 96 Super Bowl between Dallas and Pittsburgh. Dallas won but didn't cover. Had dinner with Bruce two nights before he left town and i have never seen him again.

Oh my!

It's a small world.

I once saw Bruce wager $10,000 to win on a trotter named Cordeleone.

Sterling Buch was the driver/trainer.

I can still see the red wheels on the sulky.

Cordeleone was 8/1 in the program and 3/1 at post time.

Nice score for Bruce.

But you know...wait for it...the rest of the story.
 

bomzee

EOG Dedicated
the cashless purchase of tickets that go to your phone especially as game time approaches seems so inefficient to this old timer. The scalpers/wheelers and dealers outside the parks which were a fixture for so many years have basically been removed.
 

John Kelly

Born Gambler
Staff member
the cashless purchase of tickets that go to your phone especially as game time approaches seems so inefficient to this old timer. The scalpers/wheelers and dealers outside the parks which were a fixture for so many years have basically been removed.


I'm with you, BOMZEE.

Today, there are signs outside Guaranteed Rate Field, home of the Chicago White Sox, that read "Your phone is your ticket."

Ugh.
 
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