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 stamina to finish strongly. Some horses typically will stay in reach of frontrunners until near the end of the race while others might lag far behind, saving energy for a hard charge during the final leg. When aware of how a horse runs, a handicapper has a greater probability of picking one or more horses that will enable them to cash winning tickets. How a horse runs also is affected by the jockey and strategy being employed by the trainer to give the horse the best chance at winning. But horses still are willful animals and like other animals will exhibit particular traits, running styles included. The influence of training and how the jockey handles the horse during the race have significant impacts, but the horse’s running style always will be a large factor in race results.
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