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 …

How to Lay a Horse Racing Bet at Windows

Whether betting at the track, at an off-track betting joint, online or at a race and sportsbook in Nevada or Atlantic City, the way wagers are laid always is the same. Most places offer options for bettors that range from …

All Horse Racing Bets Are Laid the Same Way

When laying a simple straight bet on a horse to win, place or show, every race book in the nation and online handles the wager in the same way, so bettors must state the wager in the proper order. The …

Pay Attention to Betting Etiquette

Whenever approaching a betting window and especially when it’s close to post time, bettors have to know what they are doing, lay their bets quickly and accurately and then move on so the next person can lay his or her …

When it’s Okay to Ask Questions Betting Windows

During relatively inactive periods when there are few if any bettors at windows and there are ample open windows, bettors have the opportunity to ask the ticket writers questions about how to lay exotic bets and other wagers. If the …

Learn the Running Styles of Race Horses

Handicapping horses requires knowing how they tend to run during a race and what to expect from them compared to others in the field. Some horses run at top speed all the time and may or may not have the …

Front-Runners Treat Races Like Sprints

A horse that likes to be at or near the front of the pack and often times competes for the lead early in a race is known as a “front-runner.” Front-runners typically start out very strong and can finish strongly …

Stalkers Like to Pick Their Spots

Usually behind the front-runners early in the race are the “stalkers,” which are horses that pace themselves early on but stay within reach of the front-runners. When the front-runners tire, the stalkers often times have enough energy to make a …

Explaining Handicap Horse Races

When it comes to creating greater competition among race horses and to make the outcomes more predictable, particularly in lower levels of horse racing, many tracks will “handicap” a horse by making it carry a heavier weight to slow it …

Why Horses Need Handicaps When Racing

Because of how fast a horse matures physically, weights are necessary to allow younger, weaker horses to compete against their slightly older, stronger and faster counterparts. When a horse reaches two years of age, it has reached about 95 percent …