Zenyatta wins by a neck!So thrilling.

Speaking offemale victories, Zenyatta the undefeated racehorse won her 18th race this weekend.My family and I went to see her on Saturday at the Del Mar Racetrack (yup, the track featured inthis episodeofReal Housewives of O.C.!).Zenyatta's odds were so good, I put $10 down on her to win, and I only won $1.I had to stand in line mostly to get my original $10 back.And I thought I could use the money, since I'd just lost $5 on Call Me Honcho.

Gambling is only fun when it's your money, and no one else's livelihood is at stake.Betting is best when you're in control.I once let a guy sucker me into coughing up $75 for a March Madness pool.He won my money, of course.Another guy took me on a date to Del Mar, and I lost all my money.Trifecta what…?

I can see a boyfriend or husband fast-talking his woman into betting…sure…the exacta, sure, honey…do that…I believe in you.(Psst:don't touch him or he'll risk more money, studies show.) I think, if your man is a gambler—or you are—it's best to try to understand the game, so you know what kind of chances you or your man are taking.After all, not every horse is Zenyatta.

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The payoff was so crappy, most people opted to keep their tickets as a souvenir, rather than cash out.

(Btw: the track is a cheap date idea—it's only about $10 to get in.Just don't bet on the ponies.)

Sidenote to all you horse lovers: a movie about Secretariat is coming out in October...

Are you a gambler?Is your man?Is he risk-averse or does he live on the edge?What about you?And will you go seeSecretariat?

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