When times are tough or you're living on a limited income, like a lot of us older people are, it's hard to figure out how to play the dogs without spending too much. Just paying for gas or transportation to get there, getting in and buying a program can eat up a chunk of money.
One alternative to buying a program is printing one out, yourself, from an online source like Trackinfo.com. Most of the tracks have a link to their programs in PDF form and to results also, for that matter. The other nice thing about printing out your own programs is that you can get them earlier and go over them at home where it's quiet, instead of at the noisy track, just before the races go off.
If you can go with a friend or friends, you can share the cost of gas and many tracks have special rates or free admission for seniors. There are no reduced rates for bets though, no matter what.
This can be a problem if you only have a limited amount of money to spend and you've handicapped the program and come up with more bets than you have money for. There are a couple of ways you can go if this happens to you.
You can bet fewer bets or you can bet cheaper bets. If you only bet win bets, though, or something similar, you'll just have to figure out which ones are your best bets. Maybe you'd like to play the better grades or only a certain distance.
If you've kept track of how successful your bets are by type and by grade and distance, you'll want to play the type that comes in more often and/or the ones that give you the biggest payoff.
You might also want to pool your money with a friend. You could bet dime superfectas instead of dollar superfectas. How about $1 Tri Keys instead of $1 Tri boxes? If you usually bet exactas, would quinielas be a better bet for your buck?
As long as you're not spending money you shouldn't be spending, you can still have a day out at the track on a budget. Just make sure that you maximize your chances of winning with the minimum amount of money.