Horse Racing Tips
The following are some general guidelines followed by
many pros which will give you a 'leg up' on many other bettors
(first four tips out of 11 basics):
1) When betting straight, restrict your bets to win
and show only.
2) As a general rule, bet horses you like with odds
of 5-1 or greater to win and odds of 5-1 or less, to place.
3) Play close attention to horses' recent performances.
Form handicapping has a lot of merit, and you face your best
chances with a horse in top condition.
4) Horses backed heavily by touting services and computer
handicappers may win more, but so many bettors are placing
their cash on them, they give poor value for the money. Try
to find the 'dark horse,' one that has a good shot at the
post but is not overly backed.
5) Be wary of the 'smart money,' bets placed at the
last minute by supposedly, those in the know. There isn't
much smart money at the tracks.
6) Go with your gut feelings. if there's a horse you
fancey, by all means bet on that horse. There's no worse feeling
than not doing what you felt you should have done, and it
working out - withoutyou. And if it doesn't work out, no big
7) Pay special attention to fast starters on slow courses.
It is more difficult to manouver on an a muddy, slow or heavy
course, and these conditions will favour the horse that takes
the early lead.
8) Avoid horses moving up in class. They may have looked
good against lesser horses, but the move to better competition
may reveal different colours.
9) Avoid horses that have not raced in the past four
weeks. They may be recuperating from illness and the owners
are using the race as a tune-up. The winning percentages of
long-idled horses are way below average.
10) Bet only winners. If you see a horse that has been
arouund but never won a race, why figure that today's race
will be any different? Instead, choose a horse that has some
background of winning.
11) Bet only horses you feel have a good chance of
winning. If you had eliminated all the horses you've bet in
the past but have not really believed in, you would be sitting
with a much higher winning percentage. If you don't like a
horse, don't bet on it.