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Horse Racing Handicapping Tips for Best Bet Selection

If you follow the public handicappers who regularly post their picks on the popular handicapping sites or if you read them in past performance forms, you know that they often list their best bet(s) of the day. The problem with best bets is that they are usually bet so heavily by the public that they may really win a lot, but you still can’t make a profit with them.

Wouldn’t it be nice to be able to separate the good best bets and the not so good ones? In other words, which best bets are really the best?

Here are a few horse racing tips that apply to best bets and picking winners in general.

1. First of all, every day, at race tracks all over the world, horses go to post as the favorites, or the chalk as they’re sometimes called, even though the horse hasn’t done what is being asked of it. In other words, it may not have won at the distance, or on the surface, or at the track, that it is racing at today. These horses often fail. Why not? Don’t people often fail the first time they try something new? Though they haven’t proven that they can do it, they still are bet heavily. These are the types of horses to bet against. Especially when they are someone’s best bet.

2. Horses coming back from a layoff may or may not be as good as they were before the layoff. While it is true that some trainers can condition a horse well enough to get a win first time out after an extended rest, unless the trainer has accomplished the feat before with that very horse, it is a shaky bet and should probably be avoided.

3. Workouts are not races. There’s a big difference between working…

Source by Bill Peterson

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Horse Racing Strategies – Little Bets to Make Big Money

Horse racing may or may not be in trouble in the United States, depending upon who you listen to. Supposedly, revenue is down, but there is also a lot of conjecture as to whether or not the simulcast wagering is being counted right and even if it is counted at all. Track attendance is down, though I certainly stood in some long lines last winter at the track (don’t get me going on that, well maybe later).

Some horse racing insiders seem to think that reducing the number of races available to the public each day and targeting the whales, the big bettors, is the way to increase profitability. Here is a little dose of, if you will pardon the expression, horse sense. Don’t put all your eggs in one basket, track management. If you depend totally on one group of people to support you, you are inviting disaster. First of all, they will be in a position to dictate terms and you may find they can be pretty hard to deal with if they know they have you over a barrel.

Secondly, sometimes the high roller of tomorrow is the $2 bettor of today. A lot of college students and people starting out in life will someday have a lot of discretionary income. If you don’t give them a good experience when they wander into the track as a greenhorn, they won’t develop a love for the sport and betting and they will find another venue to spend their money on when they achieve some financial success in life.

With that thought in mind, let’s talk about churn. It has been getting a lot of lip service and interest lately. Churn is simply what happens when a gambler wins and then bets that money…

Source by Bill Peterson

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New Horse Breaking Methods Are NON-Abusive

There is the right way to break a horse and there is the abusive way to break a horse. I bought two horses from a man one time it turns out that the first one was a good as can be nice gentle gelding that was, started but had not been, worked with too much. The other was as crazy as they come. Just trying to trailer him he reared up and went over backward and liked to killed his fool self.

Therefore, I had my doubts but I figured it was just because I was new to him and he was scared. I continued on home with him finally in the trailer and then once we got home the same thing he was acting wild and crazy again. This went on for three days and I loaded him back up and took him back to the seller. While I was there, I discovered something I had never heard before. The man said “OH A WET BLANKET WILL FIX THAT!”

I did not know what this meant until I asked my horse trainer she said that a wet blanket meant the horse breaker would take a wet saddle blanket and beat the horse with it to make them settle down and be, ridden and comply. Oh My I was shocked. My trainer used only the gentlest methods of breaking the other horse I had purchased.

It is possible to get the best results out of a horse without abusing the horse and breaking the horses’ spirit and will. A horse with a broken spirit is an empty shell. There is no light to his or her eyes; the horse has a dull stare if the horse is abusively broken into submission.

However, a horse that is gently asked to do what you wish is of him or her, holds the head high and the eyes are full of life. The spirit is still in…

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Horse Racing Systems – Choosing the Right Horse

Horse racing is as much as a betting game as it is considered a sport, and horse racing tips will never be complete without tips to bet on the right horse. One would ideally want to have a system or a statistical database that can provide all the necessary details over various parameters about a particular horse. Many people have worked to develop horse racing betting systems, a manual or software database giving racing details of every horse in the racing circuit which people can study to pick the correct horse they think would be likely to win them bets. Such systems are present currently for the benefit of people looking for information on their horse choices; however, there is no such system that would guarantee a sure win every time.

Horse betting systems are tedious to construct for the simple reason that they require an in-depth analysis of every horse and the enormous parameters that need to be incorporated to give a complete profile. For obvious reasons, listing more parameters will provide more information, and hence require generation of complex excel worksheets of data. As an alternative to this, software are available for the same purpose, and the numerous parameters available for use can be customized individually to generate the best fit data according to a race type or horse type.

Some websites also provide horse racing data in terms of their ratings in various races; such information is available for free access by some websites, while others require a regular subscription for the same. The downloadable data is packaged with various variables…

Source by Jennesie Deute

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Racing Tips – Picking Outsiders – Tips For Finding Big Priced Winners

A select few pro-punters have looked at this perennial question of “how to make good profits” from horse racing and, differing thought patterns emerge each time. It is apparent that the majority of “average” punters tend to favour the shorter priced “high win percentage” favourites, but those in the know look for the higher priced “value” horses.

Now, when I say “higher priced value” I am not specifically referring to “long shots” which, although very nice indeed when they win, are a far more risky proposition. As with any investment based medium the old adage of “risk equals reward” stands! It has been suggested that the price you seek should be dictated by the size of your bankroll, but I cannot subscribe to this theory at all. When you collect at decent odds it is well worth the effort needed to find the selection but a note of caution, the losing runs can be much longer than the shorter priced wins so your betting bank must be adequate to sustain this.

My top suggestions that will help you in your quest to find regular bigger priced winners are as follows:

Tip 1.

Make sure you have a strategy and that you stick to it religiously each time. Doubts will certainly appear but be strong and disciplined. Being disciplined is THE most important part of any strategy! There are plenty of betting systems available to aid here and most people find it helps with doing the same thing consistently. If a selection is found by the system, DON’T let the price dictate. Just bet as you would normally do. Stick to THE PLAN!

Tip 2.

If you are not using a betting system, make sure…

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The Biting Horse – How to Stop It

A biting horse is a huge liability. For whatever reason your horse bites, he needs to be stopped. It’s annoying to have a horse even playfully bite at your hand when you’re grooming or saddling him. At times, though, far from being playful, a horse’s bite can be painful and just downright dangerous.

We know a horse trainer who got careless one day as he was examining a stallion he hadn’t had contact with before. He put his right hand on the horse’s neck and leaned over to look between the stallion’s hind legs. The horse viciously bit the trainer between the left shoulder and neck, knocking him to the ground. The trainer was stunned and it actually took a minute for him to regain his senses. Besides actually biting the trainer on the shoulder and leaving a nasty wound, the horse had dealt a tremendous blow to his neck and the trainer was unable to turn his head for several weeks. This is a vivid example of why even playful nibbling cannot be tolerated. Biting has a tendency to escalate if not stopped early.

There are countless reasons a horse will bite, and at one time or another virtually all horses will try it. With some it’s a dominance game and with others it’s just playing. There is some crossover in the two reasons, though. A young horse that playfully bites probably doesn’t respect you the way he should. If you’ve ever seen a couple of young colts out in a pasture, chances are you’ve seen them take turns biting each other and dodging the return bite. They’re not mad, just having fun. But don’t let that youngster try to have fun with you! He must not be…

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Beating the Odds in Horse Racing Handicapping

If you’re wondering just how hard horse racing handicapping is, take a tip from an old sports writer. Damon Runyon once opined that in life, it’s 6 to 5 against. What he meant was the odds are against you. Just as in life, in any gambling game, unless you own the house, the game is against you. There are more ways to lose than win on a roulette wheel or any other gambling venture and handicapping horse races is no different.

So how do you beat the horse racing game, or why even try? First of all, for some of us, just because something is difficult, it doesn’t mean we won’t try it. On the other hand, playing in a game with absolutely no chance of winning makes you a mug, and no one wants to be a mug. A small percentage of the people who handicap horse races do win.

It is considered an intellectual challenge and that is something some of us enjoy. The best thing you can do, if you want to succeed, is to first find out how difficult it really is and also find out how many ways you can lose. If there are five ways to lose and your payoff is only 5-1 then you are going to break even in the long run. Look at it this way, the minimum bet to win is $2. You make the bet six times for a total of $12. You lose five times, but you win one out of six races and collect $12 for your winning ticket (the 5-1 odds plus your bet).

When you handicap a horse race you have to look at it the same way. Decide what each horse’s chances of winning are and then look at the odds. The closer to post time the better. In order to figure the horse’s chances of winning, look at the other horses…

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Three of the Most Famous Horse Race Tracks in the Country

Horse racing is one of the oldest sports in American history. It is filled with a lot of tradition and many people that are involved in horse racing, whether they are owners, trainers, jockeys or spectators have had that passion passed down to them by generations who have done the same thing before them. This article will look into three of the most famous and older horse track locations in the country and the races that are run at those tracks and what makes them so great according to a business owner of equestrian helmet covers and riding helmet covers. The places that will be covered are Churchill Downs in Kentucky, Belmont Park in NY and Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore.

The first place is Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, Maryland which is the oldest place that will be covered in this article dating back to 1870. This horse track is best known for having the race the Preakness Stakes held there every year. It was started in 1873 for their first winning colt named Preakness. This Baltimore track is also known for the place where Seabiscuit beat War Admiral in 1938 and that exciting story was made in a major motion picture. Not only was horse racing done there but the Virgin Festival took place there from 2006 through 2008 with a two day festival that featured a variety of big named rock bands like The Police, the Who and Kanye West.

The next oldest track and probably the most famous one in America is Churchill Downs, in Louisville, Kentucky. It is best known for hosting the Kentucky Derby annually after opening in 1875 and is also famous for having the…

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Determining Fitness In Horse Racing And How To Pick The One In Peak Condition

When determining the winner of a horse race it boils down to two basic questions. Can the horse physically win the race and by physically I mean is he in fit condition to for today’s race? The second question which is equally important: is the horse superior in his ability (competitive enough) to win at today’s level of horse racing?

When handicapping the condition of a horse its important to remember that no matter how much superior ability the horse has if he is in poor shape or condition he will not win the race. Looking at previous workouts and races in the Daily Racing Form you can determine quickly the condition of the horse.

Start by looking at how recent was the last race he ran in? A horse that has been away for 60 to 90 days needless to say is not in the best physical shape to contend. Its important to look at large gaps between races the horse might have ran just a couple weeks ago but before that it was 2 months. A good rule of thumb is if it has had 3 races after a lengthy layoff its in good shape to run today. As a rule competition makes a horse more fit than training but if no races are present workouts are listed at the bottom help you see the fitness of a horse.

In handicapping horse racing a horse that has not raced in a month and no workouts is in questionable condition. So is a horse that had a year layoff with many workouts. A successful handicapper in horse racing has to make a decision of the fitness on a horse if there are several races that its been in consistently then there is no problem if not it becomes a guessing game. sometimes…

Source by Joe Kaufman

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The Longshots and Favourite Overlay Horse Racing Strategy

This strategy is an old one but can have massive results when used properly and flat out makes a lot of since. Its best used when you are at a track and there are a lot of inexperienced handicappers (people who know nothing about horse racing other than higher odds pay more money) It also works well if a lot of longshots have been coming in throughout the day. On the last race you will have a lot of gamblers, which is what they become when they lose discipline (gamblers) that have been losing throughout the day due to longshots coming in. They try to save face by picking a longshot and loading up on it to get some of the money back. This is not a smart thing to do but its what a majority fall into.

Your bet then is simply the morning line favorite. There is usually a lot of thought and well spent handicapping done to pick the morning line favorite and they actually do win their share of races. When the gamblers bet the longshots you will see a morning line favorite come in at a good price and you can capatilize on this opportunity. Also be on the look out for many inexperienced bettors. I know at Fairmount Park in Illinois they have a party at the park which brings a ton of people who are there to have a great time and don’t know a thing about horse racing. They bet longshots that don’t have a prayer in winning~ leaving these favorites at 3 to 1 and sometimes 4 to 1 that run away with the race. Keep this one in mind and it will pay off.

Source by Joe Kaufman