Horse Racing Handicapping

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How to Pick More Winners

Effective horse racing handicapping tips on how to pick more winners. Follow these simple steps that have worked for others when betting race horses.

Winning horse races involves more than just betting the right horse at the right time. You will also need a varying degree of luck. Will this be your day to cash a monster exotic bet, or will the Track Stewards rob you and others by disqualifying the outright Winner?

To give yourself a decent shot at cashing a horse racing bet, one does need a combination of the right strategies and proper execution. Knowing about these important points will make the difference between continuously losing your hard earned money... and winning for a change.

Here are some of the things you need to look out for in thoroughbred handicapping, so you will not be sorry you placed a bet.

1. The horse.

This is the first and foremost consideration one must make before betting. Just by looking at the horses, you may be able to tell which one has the best chance of winning. The first option would be to choose one that is not overly backed, but still has a fair chance of winning the race because of post position or track condition. The reasoning here is that it is usually the one who has the best value who will perform in the end. Although the heavily backed horse tends to win more often, it does not normally have good value when it comes to betting odds.

2. The form.

When checking out race horse entries, look for one who has Winner written all over it. One can usually read this telling sign by the shape and form that the horse is projecting. Usually, these are the horses that have shown their capability to win on whatever type of race that they enter. They are usually "there or there abouts" during the late stages of the race. Read about some horse race news in the Daily Racing Form, Equibase.com and other handicapping newspapers. Oftentimes, you will read about a horse that has won two or more times in any recent racing events. An additional plus is when the odds start off at much higher prices (8-1), and gradually drop until five to two minutes (5/2) before post time.

3. The jockey.

Inexperienced jockeys are effective if they are riding horses that are sure winners. These usually are the horses that are known to run and sprint faster than others in the race. But then, even the fastest of horses will not be able to make it to first place if the route is not one to which it is accustomed. In this case, the expert jockey is the one who will make all the difference. With proper knowledge of the pace the race will take, he will be able to manage the horse and work it to its full potential. Do not be fooled by the initial show of how fast the horse is. In the end, even the slower one can measure up to it because of the way it is being handled by its jockey.

4. The track.

The race track surface itself is another major consideration. This is why you should become an expert in analyzing the track condition and how the horses will run on the particular surface (dirt, grass, or artiificial), today. Take note that a muddy racetrack will definitely not favor the horse that has taken an early lead. Sooner or later, the track will slow it down enough to where it will be overtaken by the other horses running in the rear.

5. The record.

The best horse to choose is the one that has raced most recently. Even if the horse is in very good form but has not competed for quite some time, there is a possibility it may not perform well today because it is not in optimum condition. Check out past performance records to select which horse, at value odds, deserves your backing today.

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