|Cheaper to drive to Boston or Manhattan for soup...|
Normally I try to take something positive away from my contest play, but today's effort (along with an 0-for-4 in today's Public Handicapper plays) was one that I'd like to forget about quickly.
With no live-money contests on my radar until the Monmouth-Woodbine Challenge listed on the NHC Tour schedule for September 19, a hiatus from contest play is probably a good thing, considering my atrocious play in four at Monmouth this season. Indeed, as I maintain this diary I am learning more than ever that the craft is humbling and difficult, but the NHC Tour Free Online Challenge and well-run Del Mar summer contests will tide me over through July and August and perhaps provide a lottery-like outcome as the NHC Tour qualifying season enters the second half. Plus, with a plus-$36 in the Public Handicapper standings, I will have a puncher's chance come the end of the long PH season, which concludes with the Breeders Cup weekend in November.
PS. Sophia and the rest of the Monmouth crew did a nice job of organizing and deserve much credit for running Saturday's tournament and reserving the first-level theater for contest players.