When looking back at 2011 it just seemed that I struggled all year. I just couldn't get a nice hit or a good streak going. Mid-summer, going into the Saratoga meet I was even for the year. I did ok betting Sar but then the post-Saratoga slump hit and I ended the year down $427.
Looking at my stats I see two major reasons for the losing season. First I did not hit any big pick threes. I hit a few mediocre ones but no signers all year. Generally I did not do well betting pick threes in 2011. Note that win bet winnings were more than double pick three winnings. Secondly, I did pretty horribly betting Woodbine harness. Woodbine has been my key to past winning years but it was a real struggle this year.
But there were some highlights. The Meadows continued to be a strong track for me (I just wish they offered a rolling pick three). I did very well at my home track, Presque Isle Downs. PID accounted for 26 percent of my total winnings - more than any other track. And as noted above, I had a good Saratoga meet.
Surprisingly, thoroughbred winnings beat out harness winnings for the first time in a few years. Probably because I did quite a bit of betting at PID. The racing was very good there in 2011, with larger fields than in years past.
I opened up a Twin Spires betting account in the spring, specifically to bet the Gulfstream Park closing day Rainbow Pick Six. No I didn't win that one but my balance stands at almost exactly what I originally put in. Online betting comes in handy at times and I'm having fun with it. I hit a pick four this year! I hardly ever bet these and this wasn't a very big one - it was a .20 payout which Woodbine offers. I plan to experiment with these in 2012.
Of course online poker was a bust since the feds closed down PokerStars last spring. I did get my balance returned to me. I figured I won approximately $3500 over the seven years that I played on PokerStars. I did play one live poker tourney here at Presque Isle Downs recently. It was a $50 buy-in NL Hold 'Em. I played well but didn't get very good cards at all. I didn't cash and finished 11th out of 37 players. It was a good learning experience and I will try some more poker in 2012.
I played blackjack only once all year. I was shocked one Saturday afternoon in early December when I spotted two $5 blackjack tables. Unheard of these days! And there was an open seat! I sat down and played for a short while and ended up losing $30. More $5 blackjack please!
Harness vs. Thoroughbred
Thoroughbred winnings - 62%
Harness winnings - 38%
Presque Isle - 26%
Meadows - 20%
Saratoga - 10%
Woodbine Harness - 9%
Gulfstream - 8%
Belmont - 6%
By Bet Type
Win - 55%
Pick Three - 25%
Exacta - 10%
Daily Double - 9%