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Sure Thing

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When I got down to my last sixty-one bucks, I knew it was time to go.
My room rent was paid for that night, and they wouldn’t lock me out until ten in the morning. I couldn’t die with money in my pocket.
I put fifty on the nose of a trotting mare I always liked. Fancy Candy was a gross long shot, even against the pack of nonwinners they had her in with at Yonkers.
That left enough for a better supper than I’ve had in…ah, who remembers? I blew the change on a tip for the waitress. For luck.
I never buy the newspapers — they tell you who’s running, but not much else. You need the race program for real information, and the price keeps going up. The last four times I lost, I was betting on memory…on horses I remembered from better days.
I guess their better days were over, too.
I went down to OTB in the morning, holding my last ticket.
Fancy Candy paid $33.70 to win. My ticket was worth eight hundred and change. That was seven months ago. At some point, I was up sixteen grand. Now I’m back where I belong.
This time it’s forty bucks. I put it all down. Every last cent.
I can’t die with money in my pocket.
By Andrews Vachss

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including,,, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.

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