One day late in 1964 John S'Dao of Brooklyn withdrew his life savings of $2,116 from the bank, went to Aqueduct, bet on all nine races, lost and, penniless, tried to commit suicide.
Not only did he recover, but he is now suing the New York Racing Association to recover his $2,116, on the grounds that he was a mere lad of 20 the day he went to the Big A, and a minor is not bound by any contract. Of course, a minor is also not permitted to bet.
Said Judge Fred G. Moritt, who is hearing the motion: "Sympathy does not go out to one who tries to welsh after betting on nine nags and loses, but the law clearly states that anyone who is under 21 must be protected against their own folly and foolhardiness."
Said S'Dao's attorney: "It is a well-defined principle of law that anyone who contracts with an infant does so at his own peril, and we maintain that the New York Racing Association is not immune from the law."
Said Judge Moritt, who reserved decision: "This case might make it necessary to change the law."
You said it, Judge. If S'Dao wins, we envision a lot of fathers taking their infants to the track to bet for them.