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How Well Can You Pick Horse Racing Winners?

April 26, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 158

Could you sum up your method for handicapping horse races in 50 words or less? How complicated is your method of handicapping a horse race? What factors do you use to evaluate the runners? Give this some serious thought and you may be able to improve your bottom line when it comes to playing the ponies.

The more you really understand handicapping horse races the better your chances of actually coming out ahead of the game. Many people use a muddled approach that is based on how they feel emotionally as well as things they think are true. Sometimes the things we know that are true are also useless, however, and that is certainly true of horse racing where knowing something like the percentage of winning favorites still won't help you to make a profit.

The best way to improve your horse racing handicapping is to start by writing down a brief and simple explanation of how you handicap a race. If you can't do that, then you're really off base and need to start thinking about the whole process. You should be able to list the factors that you consider when evaluating the runners to find the contenders. How well do you know those factors?

For instance, how often does the front runner win at 6 furlongs in a race for 3 year old fillies at your favorite track? If you don't know why each factor is important and how to use it, then why are you poring over racing forms making note of horses with early speed or class or any of the other considerations that we handicappers use?

When you are done writing your description of what you do, read it over a few times and think about how you could improve it and of anything you don't understand about those factors. Then, if you don't fully understand any item on the list do some research until you've mastered it. It is amazing how often we humans think we know what we're doing and keep making the same mistakes over and over again without seeing our errors and finding a way to fix them.

This simple exercise of getting your explanation and method down on paper will help. The next step is to keep that explanation handy while you're handicapping and refer to it before you look at each race so that you don't lose track of the goal of your handicapping. Once you've done a program or two you should have it firmly in mind and will always be mindful while you are rating the runners.

If you want to learn how a horse owner and insider handicaps just go to http://williewins.homestead.com/true.html and get the truth about betting on horses and winning. Bill Peterson is a former race horse owner and professional handicapper. To see all Bill's horse racing material go to Horse Racing Handicapping, Bill's handicapping store.

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