The Best Way to Learn How to Pick Winners at the Horse Races

Would you like to learn how to pick more winners at the horse races?  Whether you have been going to the horse races for years or have just started enjoying the races, you can do a few simple things to make yourself a better handicapper.  First of all, let’s put things in the proper perspective.  Horse racing handicapping isn’t as difficult as brain surgery, but it also isn’t simple.  When you bet on horse races you take a chance and you could lose your money.

Therefore, it is something that you can learn but while you’re learning, it is foolish to bet large sums of money.  How do you learn?  There are several sources of information.  First of all, if you’re real lucky, you may have a friend who can teach you.  The chances of having a friend who can teach you how to make money betting on horses are about as good as having a friend who can teach you to be a great poker player.  It can happen, but it isn’t likely.

You can buy books on the subject of horse racing handicapping.  There are some excellent books available that will help you to learn the language and understand factors like pace, class, speed.  But there are millions of people who have read those books who still don’t make a profit from the horse races.  If you want to learn how to pick winners you may want to learn angles, tips, and systems.  Any of those methods will produce winners.

The best way is to take your time, have fun, don’t invest a lot of money but do make real bets to keep it interesting.  You will also want to read some of those books, but not to the point where all you’re doing is reading books, remember to spend plenty of time at the track observing and learning by experience.  That is the real key to becoming a winning horse player.

You have to go to the races and actually watch them run.  Go to the paddock and look at the horses and watch the people as well.  You can learn a lot about picking winners by seeing the jockeys and trainers interacting and watching how the jockeys ride in different kinds of races.  For instance, knowing that Pablo Morales is not afraid to skim the paint, as they say, is helpful when he is on a horse in an inside post position in a long race.  You’ll know that he is going to save ground with the horse and if there is an opening on the rail at the end of the race, he will probably be able to squeeze through it.  

Those kinds of things that you don’t learn from a book, combined with the good basic handicapping skills you can gain from a good handicapping book, are the best tools to beat the horse racing game.

Source by Bill Peterson

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