It's only appropriate to spend a first date at Fairmount Park, because both are definitely a gamble, with the odds against you. Pick a horse, plunk down some money and then enjoy two minutes of wild excitement while you wonder whether your pony will prevail or peter out. As for the awkward pauses associated with first dates, there's the diversion of the Daily Racing Form
. You can eat and drink there, to boot, so as to have a clearer perspective on your chances. Plus, if the date bombs, there's always the chance that at least your horse beat the odds.