Trifecta Wheel Can Pay Very Well

Predicting a horse will win, place or show in a race and then doing a “wheel” on the rest of the field will assure a winning ticket if the key horse finishes in the predicted position. Laying such bets can …

Look for Horses that Run Every Couple Weeks

The best indicator of fitness is a horse that runs every two or three weeks at area tracks. Such horses generally are in good physical condition and have the stamina to finish in the money at the end of longer …

Career Box Tells Past Performance

Bettors also can learn a great deal from a horse’s past performance, which often times is listed in the upper right portion of most daily racing forms. Usually prefaced by the word “Life” or similar wording, career stats will include …

Career Earnings Can Indicate Money Horses

Horses that have high career earnings also can be good candidates for wagers, although it always must be noted that past performance does not necessarily predict future performance. If a horse has been away from the track for several weeks, …

Straight Bets Help Beginning Bettors

When first learning to bet the horses, it helps to keep the bets as simple as possible. Each horse will have odds posted on how it will perform. The bettor can wager as little as $2 on how that horse …

Varying Straight Bets Can Pay Well

Once the basics of laying straight bets are understood, bettors can increase their fun and potential winnings with more complicated wagers. Because the top three finishers can pay out, bettors can lay an Across-the-Board wager on a horse, which essentially …

Beginning Bettors Need to Keep it Simple

Professional race bettors are well-educated on the horses, tracks and conditions as well as jockeys and owners and generally have a good deal of knowledge to enable them to bet multiple horses in multiple ways. Beginning and even knowledgeable bettors …

Jockey Racing History Can Help to Pick Winners

When reading the Daily Racing Form that is available at most tracks, information on the jockeys can help even beginning bettors to pick likely winners. A good jockey knows a horse and how to get its best performance without running …

About a Fifth of Jockeys Win Most Races

The importance of assessing the jockey is critical when selecting a horse on which to bet. On average, only about 20 percent of all jockeys win about 80 percent of all races. A big reason for such consistent success is …

Winning Jockeys Tend to be Consistent

The Daily Racing Form usually lists the jockey and his or her recent racing results right under the horse’s name and owner information. The information will tell readers about how the jockey has performed at the current track and how …