A Comprehensive Guide to Horse Racing Strategy

February 17, 2022

The odds of online Preakness stakes betting as well as other major horse races may be lucrative if you bet on the correct horse to win the race and make the appropriate bets. And we’re here to assist you in possibly winning by improving your horse betting skills through this comprehensive guide.

These guides could perhaps save your life! Okay, we’re exaggerating a little; they’re unlikely to save your life. They can, however, salvage your wallet and set you on the road to becoming a big-time horse racing betting winner.

1. Don’t Get Too Hung Up On Tips At The Racetrack

Before we go any further, there’s something we need to clear up. You’ll come across a number of folks (particularly at the track) who claim to be experts at betting on horses in the horse racing scene.

They’ll pretend to have insider information or knowledge of a certain outcome. Here is the spoiler. Unless someone is cheating, there is no such thing as a sure thing in horse racing.

This suggests that the guy at the racetrack is most likely a deranged gambler who is blowing smoke up your tailpipe. Do you think they’d spend all day at the racetrack with the regulars if they were really geniuses with the capacity to choose “sure things”?

Almost certainly not! They’d most likely have hired slaves to place their bets for them as they sat in an air-conditioned owner’s box drinking mint juleps. They wouldn’t be sipping Bud Light while wearing the same clothes as yesterday and trailed by a strange fragrance cloud.

We’re not trying to be cruel to the folks who like betting on horses at the racetrack. What we’re saying is that they’re doing you a disservice when they inform you about a guaranteed thing.

Even if these suggestions sometimes identify a winner, you can’t grow too attached to them. Even a blind squirrel will sometimes locate a nut. It’s great to pay attention to their advice, but don’t get too caught up in it that you miss out on the methods we’ll teach you in the next sections. In the end, facts and data will always triumph over gut instinct.

2. Have Jockey Experience

Horse racing is quite different from dog racing for one very important reason. On top of the horse, someone is steering it around the course. For some reason, many inexperienced horse racing bettors place all of their emphasis on studying the horse and overlook the importance of the jockey in the driver’s seat.

When investigating a jockey, there are a few things to keep an eye out for. First, have a look at their background. Are they successful jockeys? Is it true that they’ve been winning lately? Are they maintaining their fitness (a little more weight due to a lack of discipline will make a difference)? Have they been active recently, or are they returning after a hiatus?

Second, you should consider their individual familiarity with the horse they are riding and the track on which they are competing. Have you ever driven a new automobile or a car that belongs to someone else for the first time? Even if it’s still simply driving a vehicle, you undoubtedly took some time to get accustomed to everything.

The same is true for riders and horses. If the jockey has never ridden that horse in a race, there may be some difficulties with the two of them synchronizing. While you shouldn’t rule out a horse simply because it’s their first race with a new rider, it’s something to consider.

The jockey’s track expertise is most likely the most crucial factor in this equation. Yes, all of the tracks are round and covered with dirt. An experienced rider who has raced often at a given track will be familiar with the course’s ins and outs. They’ll know which areas of the track are excellent to run and which to avoid, as well as when and where to urge the horses for maximum effort.

What’s the bottom line, then? Make sure you do your homework on the jockeys. Examine their personal record, as well as their record and experience with the horse they’re riding and the track where they’re competing.

3. Inequality In Track Creation and Development.

If you’ve ever seen any kind of racing (not just horse racing), you’re aware that not every track is made equal. You’re also aware that various candidates do better on other tracks depending on a variety of factors. When it comes to horse racing, this is no exception.

You may run on a variety of surfaces, including dirt, grass, and synthetic, as well as different durations of races. There are also varied meteorological factors at different track sites (temperature, humidity, ground saturation) that influence how well a horse performs.

What’s the best way to deal with all of these distinct variables? So, you’ll want to see how the horse you’re interested in and their rider perform in the circumstances they’ll be racing in.

Examine their historical performance to discover how they’ve performed in comparable situations. You won’t be able to account for every single component, but you may try to account for the most important ones, such as weather, track length, surface, and track conditions.

4. Examine the Horse’s Historical Performance

Checking the horse’s past or historical performance is what we want to speak about right now. You should do your homework on the horse you’re betting on. I’m not sure what you’re searching for. There’s a lot to look at, to be sure. The horse’s experience and track record are the first and most evident considerations. Have they ever raced on this track? Have they ever won at this venue? How did they do in the previous races?

Then you’ll want to examine the horse’s condition. Have they recently been overworked or given enough rest? Have they raced lately, or has it been a while since they’ve been competitively racing? Is there any evidence that the horse has ever been hurt? Is the horse in good health?

5. It’s Difficult To Bet Against A Proven Owner

If there’s one thing we’ve learned from horse racing, it’s that certain owners know how to get things done. You may be asking why we’re interested in the owner’s identity since they aren’t even present on the track during the race.

There are many causes for this. First and foremost, owners choose how much money they wish to put into a horse’s future. They choose the quality of the food they’ll eat, the place they’ll stay in, and, most crucially, the training they’ll get (our second point).

Owners have a say in who training their horses. If you don’t believe the quality of the trainer makes a significant difference, you should take a step back and study more before betting another dime on the horses. The trainer may have just as much, if not more, of an effect on a horse’s performance as the rider.

6. The Condition Of The Track

We briefly discussed this before, but we’d want to go over it again again. You must be aware of the current track conditions and be ready for them to change. If the track is muddy, it will have a significant impact on the horses. Even though the humidity is greater, the ground will be somewhat moister, which will have an impact on the horses.

We don’t want to beat a dead horse by repeating what we’ve previously said, but here’s the lesson. Take into account both the current and anticipated track conditions. Consider how each horse and rider has performed in comparable circumstances in the past before making your predictions.

Jonathan Stettin is a New York Legend. He's been a Horseplayer, earning his living at the track, since he was 19 years old. @jonathanstettin

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