Never had such a bad season with so few tickets cashed. Went days without cashing. I never did get into a groove, so there wasn't much sense in sending out a Doghouse Confidential when doing so poorly. Nothing was working; even abandoned my computerized numbers.
Over the Labor Day weekend, I didn't cash a ticket from Friday to Sunday. On Monday morning, I did my computerized numbers that led me to the California invader, Ralis, in the 10th race Hopeful at 4-1 morning line, from the connections of I'll Have Another who won the Derby and Preakness a few years ago. The Hopeful is for 2 year old colts whom the owners and trainers "hope" will make it to the Kentucky Derby.
At the track, I didn't cash a ticket again through the first nine races. Then came the Hopeful that Ralis won easily and paid over $15 to win. Had the double ($40) and the Grand Slam ($161) - ten times each. So I collected over $2000. Certainly brought me back but not even for the meet. Ironic that I hit the Hopeful. Gives me some reason to hope to do better!