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Win, Place, Show - Horse Race Betting Basics

Whether it's one of the Triple Crown races or the Breeders' Cup, there are a few times each year when people who are not likely to make a bet on a horse race any other team are drawn to pick a pony and lay down a few bucks. If you aren't familiar with horse racing, though, there is a lot of terminology that can be confusing, and that can make it frustrating to make the bet you want to make. ...

Using Race Pace for Handicapping Horse Races

I love betting on the ponies. I have been going to the track since I was knee-high to a grasshopper, though, so all of the terminology and concepts are second nature to me. I fully realize that if you aren't particularly familiar with horse racing it can seem very complicated and overwhelming. It's not, though, as long as you understand the basics. One of the things you'll hear people talk about a lot is pace. The expected pace of the race is a very powerful handicapping tool, and it is surprisingly easy to understand and employ. Here's a cras ...

How Track Surface Impacts Horse Handicapping

Whether you are handicapping a major horse racing event like the Breeders' Cup or a regular day at a major track chances are pretty good that there will be dirt races and turf races. It might not seem like a big deal - it's only the surface the races are run on - but it is really a fundamental difference, and it significantly affects how you handicap the races and what horses are likely to win. ...

Kentucky Derby Betting Tips

The Kentucky Derby is truly the greatest two minutes in sports. It's also the day that a lot of casual bettors make their only horse racing bets of the year. That makes sense in that it's the biggest race in the world, but it's also the hardest race of the year to handicap. To make money on the race you need more luck than anything else. Here are five tips that can help you have the best shot at coming out ahead. ...

Common Kentucky Derby Betting Mistakes

Betting on the Kentucky Derby is really hard. Actually, betting is easy - it's winning that is hard. In fact, I say without qualification that it is the hardest single race to bet on successfully all year. It's full of very young horses running further than they ever have - and probably further than most are really ready for - in the biggest field they will ever face in front of the biggest, loudest crowd in the sport. It's total chaos, and that chaos creates far more uncertainty than you would normally accept when looking for a bet to make. T ...

Why Kentucky Derby Handicapping is Unique

The Kentucky Derby is, for my money, the greatest single day sporting event of the year. It's practically perfect. I've been to the race in person twice, and would go back every year if I could - there's no better spectacle to be a part of. As a fan it's a great day. As a handicapper, though, it's a challenge. There is nothing more satisfying then cashing a big winner on the Derby, but there are few things harder as well. You can't pretend that this race is just like every other because for so many reasons it really, really isn't. Here's a loo ...

Post Position Impact on Kentucky Derby Bets

On the Wednesday before the Kentucky Derby every year owners, trainers, and jockeys are particularly tense. That's because they are awaiting that afternoon's post position draw. With 20 horses in the race there are some post positions that are favorable, others that can fit some horses better than others, and some that no one wants. No horse has ever won the Kentucky Derby because of their post position, but many horses have probably lost largely as a result of the draw. But why does the post position matter so much? Here are four factors. ...

Handicapping Kentucky Derby Horse Trainers

Kentucky Derby day is the best day of the year to be a horse racing fan. It's also probably the hardest day of the year to make money betting on the races. There are so many factors you have to consider and weigh in the Derby that's it's extremely hard to be sure you are coming out on the right horse. even if you do spot the best horse you have to hope that they avoid all of the many potential issues that faces them between the paddock and the finish line. So, since it's so hard why don't we just skip it and wait for a better betting opportuni ...

Handicapping the Kentucky Derby Favorites

Deciding how you are going to deal with the favorite in the Kentucky Derby is one of the biggest challenges in handicapping the race. Between 1979 and 2010 only four favorites ended up winning the race. Given that favorites typically win about a third of all races that's well below expectations. Over the long term, then, it seems to pay to ignore the favorites when you are deciding your win bets. That's easier said than done, though. Quite often the Derby favorite is a wildly impressive horse - beautiful to look at, regally bred, and seemingly ...

Handicapping the Kentucky Derby Jockeys

The jockeys get a lot of attention in the Kentucky Derby, and so they should. They may be tiny, but those little men and women can make the difference between a horse that has nowhere to run and flounders and one that rolls to a big win. Jockeys can win a race for a horse, and they can absolutely cause a good horse to lose. That means that handicapping jockeys is an important part of picking a Derby winner. The problem is that it can be easy to make a bad decision when you are handicapping jockeys. Reputation can lead you towards some jockeys ...

How Distance Impacts Kentucky Derby Bets

Whenever you talk about handicapping the Kentucky Derby you always have to talk about the distance of the race. This isn't the longest of the Triple Crown races - the Belmont is a mile and a half while the Derby is a mile and a quarter - but it's a very long race. People who don't follow horse racing closely won't understand why the distance is such a big issue, and why they have to compensate for it in their handicapping. Here are five reasons that the distance is such a significant factor in the Kentucky Derby. ...

Kentucky Derby Intra-Race Exotics Betting Tips

The Kentucky Derby is far and away the biggest ace of the year for horse racing bettors both serious and casual. Interestingly, it's also the hardest race of the year to bet on successfully because of the massive amounts of public money, the size of the field, their inexperience, the challenging distance, and the total chaos caused by the massive crowd. Because the challenge of picking a winner is so immense in this race it is important for bettors to find ways to maximize their potential returns, and the obvious way to do that is to use exoti ...

Kentucky Derby Inter-Race Exotic Bets Explained

For people who are looking to make a nice profit on the Kentucky Derby and are willing to do a bit of extra research one of the best ways to seek out the best chance at profit is by betting inter-race exotics. We'll look at what they are in more detail in a moment, but basically they are bets in which you have to pick the winners of two or more races in a row including the Derby. It's incredibly hard to pick the winner in the Derby, so it might seem daunting to have to pick the winner in other races as well. The advantage, though, is that the ...

Race Day Kentucky Derby Beting

By the time Kentucky Derby day dawns most people probably have a pretty good sense of which horses they like and which ones they don't. There is absolutely no reason to commit financially to your horses too soon, though. Unless you have a reason to bet early you are much better served to collect as much information as you can before making your final decision. There is a whole lot you can learn on the day of the races by watching the races leading up to the main event and all the pomp and circumstance before the Derby itself. Often times you c ...

Handicapping the Kentucky Derby Winner in the Preakness

When you are trying to handicap the Preakness Stakes successfully you really have to start with one crucially important question - is the Kentucky Derby winner any good? For two weeks the Derby winner is the best known horse on the planet, so he is going to get a whole lot of attention from the betting public. As a result his odds in the Preakness are all but guaranteed to be lower than they would ideally be based on his ability and what he has to overcome to win this race. If you are convinced he is good then you will have to look for creativ ...

Betting Differences of Kentucky Derby & Preakness

The Preakness is the second leg of the Triple Crown, and it follows just two weeks after the Kentucky Derby, but for bettors those two races really couldn't be much more different. Here are five key differences between the two races that bettors need to keep in mind to succeed over the long term. ...

Preakness Stakes Betting Tips

Interested in betting a few bucks on the Preakness Stakes, but not really sharp as a horse racing handicapper? Here are a few shortcuts you can use to point yourself towards some likely winners and away from some horses with little chance of pulling off the win. ...

Betting Mistakes to Avoid for Preakness Stakes

Picking a winner in the Preakness Stakes is typically not nearly as difficult as finding the winner of the Kentucky Derby is. If a bettor isn't careful, though, there are some mistakes that are easy to make that can get in the way of finding that winner, or which can make it hard to make a profit even if you do pick the winner. Here are four of the biggest mistakes people make when betting on the Preakness. ...

Longshot Betting Strategy for Preakness Stakes

The Kentucky Derby is the home of big longshots winners - horses like Giacomo, Mine That Bird, and Monarchos have paid huge prices in recent years, and winners of 20/1 or more happen so often that it isn't even surprising anymore. In the Preakness, though, the story is very different. Longshots just don't win in this race. In 135 running's of the Preakness up to 2010 the longest odds ever for a winner were from Master Derby in 1975, and at 23/1 he hardly broke the bank compared to some Derby winners. From 2000-2010 the only Derby winner to pay ...

Handicapping Fresh Horses In Preakness Stakes Betting

Each year in the Preakness there is approximately half the field that didn't run in the Kentucky Derby. It can be a real challenge to compare these new, fresh horses to the ones that survived the grueling Derby just two weeks earlier. Luckily, we're here to help. Here are seven questions to ask about the new invaders to see if and how well they stack up. ...

Jockeys Impact on Preakness Stakes Betting

Jockeys are little men and women, but they have a big impact on the outcome of horse races. They can't make a bad horse good, but they can make the difference between a win and a loss for a horse that is talented. In the Preakness Stakes it is particularly significant to pay attention to the jockeys because they have a big impact in the unique race. Here are five things to consider when you are considering jockeys in the Preakness. ...

Guide to Successful Belmont Stakes Horse Betting

The Belmont Stakes are a challenging race to handicap. It's the longest race most horses in the field will ever run in, and one of the longest dirt races in the country every year. With that, the uniqueness of the track at Belmont, the public scrutiny, and so many other factors in the race finding a winner can be a challenge. If you want to succeed in the long term betting on the race you need to have a strategy you can stick to. Here are five factors that that strategy probably needs to consider. ...

Belmont Stakes Betting Mistakes

The Kentucky Derby is a very difficult race to bet on successfully, but the Belmont Stakes are only slightly easier. In fact, these two legs of the Triple Crown are quite possibly the two hardest three year old races of the year to handicap successfully. If you want to make money betting on the Belmont over the long term you need to make the best bets you possibly can. That means avoiding the most common mistakes people make when betting on this race. Here are four of those mistakes. ...

Handicapping the Belmont Stakes Horses

One of the challenges of handicapping the Belmont Stakes is that the horses are coming off of very different paths to get to the race. There are typically a small handful of horses that have run in the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness, and a couple more that ran in the first and skipped the second. There are also usually a few horses that skipped both races and are joining the Triple Crown trail at the last possible moment. There are disadvantages and advantages to all three general types of horses from a betting perspective (there is another ...

Handicapping the Distance at Belmont Stakes

Whenever you ready about handicapping the Belmont Stakes, or you hear someone talking about it, you are sure to hear about how important it is to be sure that the horses can handle the distance. The Belmont, at a mile and a half, is by far the longest of the three Triple Crown races. It is also the longest race that most horses in it will ever be in, and longer than many of them are suited to run. Horses in North America are increasingly bred for speed over stamina, and that bias is strongly present in training methods as well. As a result it ...

Handicapping Horse Trainers at Belmont

In the days before the Belmont Stakes every year the media spends a lot of time talking about the trainers in the race - especially if there is no potential Triple Crown on the line. They fixate on the big name guys, and talk about the stories they think are important - who has the hottest stables and how they have done in the race before, for example. The problem, of course, is that while those stories can be interesting they often don't have a lot to do with the likely outcome of this race. If you want to be successful betting on the Belmont ...

Which Longshots to Bet on at the Belmont Stakes

The Belmont Stakes has been very good at producing longshot winners recently. Horses like Birdstone and Da' Tara were shocking winners at big prices, but neither holds a candle to Sarava - the 2002 winner who shocked the world at record breaking odds of 70/1. Obviously spotting any of these upset winners would be very nice for your pocketbook. Sometimes the wins really don't make any sense - I firmly believe that there was no way anyone could have logically argued for Da' Tara before his win. Often times, though, the horses that win at big pri ...

Judging Jockeys for Belmont Stakes Betting Picks

Jockeys are always an important part of any race. When the race is as unique and as challenging as the Belmont Stakes, though, the role o the jockeys takes on even more significance. As you get ready to pick a winner in the Belmont here are five questions about the jockeys that you will want to consider. ...

Handicapping the Unique Belmont Stakes Track

Part of what makes the Triple Crown both so interesting and so challenging for handicappers is that each of the three races is so very different. They are run at different distances with different field sizes at different tracks, and horses have different amounts of rest for each race. The Kentucky Derby is the hardest of the three races to handicap, but for a lot of different reasons the Belmont isn't far behind. Perhaps biggest reason that this race is so difficult to handicap is the Belmont track itself. Known as Big Sandy, the dirt course ...

Unique Issues When Betting on Belmont Stakes

The Belmont Stakes is an incredibly unique race. If you are not aware of what makes it unique - and don't adjust for those changes accordingly - then you don't stand much of a chance of making a long term profit. Here are three of the biggest reasons why this is such a unique race. ...

Triple Crown Impact on Belmont Stakes Betting

The Belmont Stakes is really like two different races. When there is a potential Triple Crown winner in the field then it is one of the premier sporting events in the country. It will be prominently featured on sports broadcasts, websites, magazines, and newspapers for the time leading up to the race, the broadcast of the race will be heavily watched, and betting volumes will be massive. When there is no Triple Crown potential, though, the race barely registers nationally. Each of those two scenarios is very different, and it provides differen ...

Betting Tips for Breeders' Cup Casual Horse Fans

The Kentucky Derby is far more prestigious, but that's just one race. As far as a whole day of racing - two actually - there is nothing in the horse racing world that can touch the Breeders' Cup. Race after mega race gives people a chance to cash in a big way. Large fields and huge amounts of public money inflate the payouts and can lead to eye-opening totals for longshots that come through. The day is popular enough, and potentially attractive enough, that people who only bet on the ponies one or two other days of the year are often drawn to ...

Handicapping the Breeders Cup Horse Jockeys

The jockeys are always a crucial part of handicapping horse races, and one that casual bettors often overlook. On the biggest racing days like the Breeders' Cup, though, the importance of the jockeys is even greater. When the fields are so deep and so talented a good ride from a jockey can make all the difference, and a poor ride can cost a great horse the race. When you are handicapping these big races, then, you need to pay close attention to the little guys on the backs of the horses. Here are six questions to ask to help determine whether ...

Breeders Cup Betting Mistakes

Betting on the Breeders' Cup is very hard. Anyone who makes a profit on those two days should be very proud because they have really overcome some sharp odds. In order to make a profit you not only have to make some good picks and have lots of lucks, but you also need to avoid as many costly mistakes as you possibly can. Here are six common Breeders' Cup betting mistakes that you'll want to avoid. ...

Finding Breeders Cup Longshot Betting Picks

The Breeders' Cup is usually a great weekend for longshot bettors. With so many races spread over two days, and with fields that are so deep and talented, you can be all but certain that at least a couple of horses are going to pay huge win prices. The challenge for bettors, of course, is to figure out which of the may longshots on the day are worthy of support, and which ones truly have as a little hope as their prices suggest they do. Here are six factors that can help you find the gems at big prices. ...

Breeders Cup Handicapping Tips

The Breeders' Cup takes place this coming Friday and Saturday at the greatest of all racetracks - Churchill Downs. It's the ultimate two day racing festival - 14 races with a total purse of more than $25 million featuring the best horses from North America, Europe, and even South America this year. Outside of the Kentucky Derby and the Belmont in potential Triple Crown years these are the two best days of the year for horse racing fans. ...

Making Winning Picks on Breeders Cup Classic

The Breeders' Cup Classic is by far the biggest race of the Breeders' Cup weekend. Aside from the Kentucky Derby and the Belmont if there is a Triple Crown on the line it is the most prestigious race in North America. It's also a very tough race to handicap. The top older horses and the best three year olds in the country typically enter the race to finish their season. That means that the field is typically deep and full of potential winners. Since trainers aim for this race for months in advance the horses are also typically in strong form a ...

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