Santa Anita gambling legend “Woody” lands role on ‘Luck’ … What’s next, Jimmy The Mouth gets a cameo with Hoffman?


If you know Woody, you know that he didn’t go to wardrobe for this scene.

Well-known Santa Anita gambling legend “Woody” has landed a role in HBO’s ‘Luck’, which is a new drama about a myriad of characters one might expect to see at a race track, but not know much about. It’s written by famed horse racing bettor David Milch.

What in the name of Ron Anson is going on around here? OK, seriously, I’M PUMPED FOR WOODY!

Well, two episodes in and the first bombshell (for me personally) has landed. “Woody” … who some of you may know, is cast as a trainer trying to get some degenerate bettor “Renzo” to claim the horse that keyed his monumental score in the Pick 6.

If any of you have met Woody, you know he’s a character in real life. Nice guy, but hot tempered at times. He actually used to be a trainer long ago. I’m happy for him and curious to see where this character goes.

First time I saw Woody I was in high school and at the track in “The Regency Room” at Santa Anita with my dad. Woody hung with a pretty rough crowd — Jimmy The Mouth, Jimmy The Greek (not the famous one) and some others. My dad looked at me and said “Do not go near those guys.”

Anyway, over the years that whole crew went away (literally and figuratively), but Woody remained. One day my friends told him about how I laid -450 or something on Tyson to beat Botha and Woody loved the story. Tyson won the fight, but not without drama. And so every time Woody saw me, he would LOUDLY ask for boxing betting advice.

One day, I decided to be the one who started the convo with Woody and when I did, he MF’d me up and down for interrupting “while he worked”. He was handicapping/filling out a betting sheet. Beyond that, Woody has always been cool to me. I saw him at Del Mar a few years back and we rapped. I saw him outside a pizza joint in South Pas and he stopped and talked to me and a friend for a while.

That’s my Woody story.

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11 Responses to Santa Anita gambling legend “Woody” lands role on ‘Luck’ … What’s next, Jimmy The Mouth gets a cameo with Hoffman?

  1. Marquez says:

    Good to see Woody in the “Luck” series, you probably can’t find a more authentic race track “character” than him.

  2. mastiff says:

    blue heeler decided to be the one who started the convo with Woody and when I did, he MF’d me up and down for interrupting “while he worked”.

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  4. Sports Picks says:

    Woody played the character very well. Going to miss this series.

  5. Sports Picks says:

    Woody played the character very well. Going to miss the Luck series on HBO.

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