Back then, when I went on holiday, I never planned what country I was going to travel to. My formula for destination choice was:
Unfortunately this doesn’t work now because you get charged more, not less, for last minute tickets.
But back then, you could pick up tickets all around the world incredibly cheaply doing this.
Anyway, it was following this formula that I found myself on a British Airways flight to Los Angeles.
To me there’s nothing better than landing in another country. Except, landing in another country you haven’t been to for a while and love.
And, for me, Los Angeles is one of those places.
I’d spent a lot of time there back in the early 2000’s and and hadn’t been back since.
So, as I walked off the plane, I breathed in that warm Californian air and headed towards the taxi rank.
For the first few days I just kicked back and relaxed. I didn’t want to do anything and that’s exactly what I did.
But then… I started to get restless.
You see, I can only spend a certain amount of time doing nothing. And then I get bored.
When that happens my brain starts turning and I have to get up, take action and start making things happen.
I’m sure you know exactly what I mean.
Anyway, the first thing I decided to do was head over to Santa Anita racetrack.
If you’ve never been to the races in the U.S., I can tell you that there’s an INSANE amount of racing.
I love it.
But I’ve got to be honest, I wasn’t betting on the races. I was just looking at the race cards and mulling over the form. It had been a while since I’d bet on U.S. racing, and it’s very different to UK racing so I wanted to make sure I got it right.
But I was on holiday. There was no way I was going to spend six hours a day analysing form.
Instead I enjoyed watching the races and chatting to the regulars.
And that’s when it happened.
You see, in the U.S. they love horse racing ratings.
In fact everything is about the data available.
They don’t understand why we do it the way we do in the UK.
It was on one particularly beautiful day that one of the regulars I’d met at the track turned around to me and said…