EAT YOUR BETTING MONEY BUT DON'T BET YOUR EATING MONEY
It is an interesting note of caution, even though it so happens that The Frenchman responsible for this piece of advice happens to run the track kitchen at Mamuth and is, therefore, mainly looking out for No. 1.
"The first thing you've got to remember," says Goose Heimer, Vance's assistant from Sioux City, who chews cigars, "is that nobody's around a racetrack who doesn't bet. That's the way it is at a racetrack." Among the grooms in Goose's charge are Tiny, who is the biggest 'un in the whole outfit, Gums, Pop-eye, Worm, Rooster and Snake. "I have very little trouble," Goose says. "You see, human nature bein' what it is, you're going to bet on yourself. Well, this outfit wins more than any other, and so the people who work for it win. Remember that about racetracks. A lot of people forget that when they're trying to explain things."
"This outfit has unison," Harry the Hat says.
"It all runs to the boss," McHargue says. "Your two most important things are your agent and your outfit."
Lasater says, "All my people just want to be the best. It's even sad in a way, because these people I have are so good at what they do, they're the best at it, but it's almost like that's all they care about in the world. They're not comfortable outside the track." He shrugs, somewhat baffled, for he is a very comfortable person himself.
"This is a good business, and a lot of people haven't had the success or the luck we have, but my people work hard being the best. Every time we run, we try to get the money, and if we can't win, we'll go for second, and if we can't get second, we try for third. But it is not just the money. I'll tell you something, the more you win, the better it is. That's what I've found out about this business."
Run it up a little.