Look for Jockeys Picking Their Mounts

Because the best jockeys generally ride more than one horse and usually will have the choice to ride the horse that the jockey and his or her agent thinks has the best chance of winning, it can help to identify the best jockeys and see if they choose a particular horse in a race. If a specific race has more than one horse that a top jockey typically rides, the jockey generally will choose the horse that he or she considers most likely to be the top finisher. A truly elite jockey will win consistently due to the ability to know the horses being ridden and choose the one that has the greatest potential for winning. If a bettor has a favored horse that a top jockey normally rides but that jockey chooses to ride a different mount in the same race, the horse not being ridden likely is the weaker of the two and should be avoided.