So what’s the way to go about handicapping horse races? Should one simply trust their instincts and hope for the best?
1. Check the weather, and how the horses in the race have fared in such conditions in the past. Each horse has its own pattern. Some fare better than others in a rainy weather, while some do their best on a cloudy day. Now don’t ask me why this happens, I have no idea. But it is a fact and has worked for me before.
2. Don’t think age makes a difference. It is not always true that an older horse will be slower than a younger one by the end of the season. The figure you should focus on is how many races each horse ran. Often running too many races can tire the best horse by the end of the season and age has got nothing to do with it.
3. One myth that you might have believed in so far is that there is a relationship between the jockey’s weight and how fast the horse can run. This not true. Most jockeys weigh about the same, and usually the heavier ones have the slight edge.
4. On a similar note, heavier horses can out run lighter ones, but only up to a point. For example, colts weight more than fillies and are thus more likely to win long distance races.
5. Another myth you are better of ignoring is that a horse with new blinkers will run faster. I know this does sound crazy but sadly people believe it. In fact a friend offered me this piece of advice but I feel it better to warn others to not fall for it.
6. Check the pedigree of the horses. Gather all the information you can from sources and books available locally about the background of the horses. Once you have all the relevant information, keep in mind that a cold does not depend so much on pedigree as a filly to run fast.
7. This rule adds a caveat to the earlier one. At the lower class races it is better not to rely too much on the pedigree. Here it is normally the horses with low pedigree that tend to shine.
8. Don’t underestimate the female jockeys. Though relatively new, female jockeys are showing their talent and winning admirably of late.
There you have the 8 Golden Rules of Betting on Horses. Use them the next time you are at the track, or entering a sportsbook to get an edge over the other players and better your chance of winning. For a list of where to bet on horses online, visit our Sportsbook Review page.