How to Bet on Horses: Handicapping like a Pro

Horse betting is a popular pastime because it’s a fast-paced two minutes that can result in instant cash if you know what you’re doing. How to bet on horses is all about paying attention to the betting trends set by the handicappers and learning about the past performances of the jockeys and of course the horses themselves.

How to Bet on Horses: Horse Health and Stamina

To start, learn more about the horses. Before you choose a horse to bet on, learn if the horse is in top condition. Take a look at how well they performed in past races. Also, if the horse has entered several races recently, this also indicates that they’re in good physical shape. If a horse has not raced in more than two months, take a look at their training workouts, which should be displayed beneath the statistics of their past performance line. The longer they have been out of the races the harder it will be for them to make a comeback. If the horse has been out of the game for several months, eliminate them as an option.

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Racing Style and Training: Rider Quality

Most horses will fall into a certain style of running, which is broken down into a few categories: front-runner, stalker, and closer. A pacesetter is a horse who runs in the lead while the stalker is a horse who remains close to the lead. The closer will run no more than five lengths from the pace. The front runner is usually the best option. This type of racing style is the most effective when unchallenged early on in a race. Choose the front runner with the best record for wins in past performances.

A stalker horse will rarely take the lead. They have the type of speed that allows them to stay close by and pass a front runner if the front runner tires easily. Choose the stalker when there are too many front-runners in a single game.

A closer horse is not always the best choice. You should only choose this type of runner if they have a good past racing performance record.

Many handicappers will wager on a horse based on the horse’s training. Pay close attention to who the person is that trained the horse you’re considering wagering on. Only choose a horse that works with a seasoned trainer. If you’re new to handicapping, you need to become familiar with all of the top performing trainers, this way, you can eliminate horses that have poor training and increase your odds of picking a winner.

Next, learn more about the jockeys. Take a look at the statistics for each track. A jockey must be strong, intelligent and possess good riding techniques. When you make your final decision, make sure the horse of your choosing has a jockey with a good track record. Many professional handicappers will eliminate some horses based on the rider alone.