Selecting winners in horse racing isn't rocket science, however it can be quite difficult, baffling and perplexing all at the same time. Picking winners in horse racing is known as handicapping.

It is the art of selecting winners, using all the information and statistics available. It is more of an art or skill as opposed to a science.


One thing is for sure, the people that win more often, know what to look for when studying the racing form. This only comes with know-how and experience, of course a little luck is involved. Anyone who tells you that you don't need some luck when betting on horse racing is simply being dishonest.

We offer you a detailed list of factors that in our opinion, will help you select more winners, more often. With our guide, you can
learn what it takes to pick a winner.

One of the first questions people ask me about horse racing is how do i place a bet? It is relatively simple to place a bet on a horse race, althought there are many different types of bets available in today's modern wagering game. The most simple forms of betting are traditionally win, place and show bets.

A win bet means that you are only betting on the horse that crosses the wire in first position. Place means the horse can finish in 1st or 2nd position and a show bet allows you to finish in 1st, 2nd or 3rd place. Our sister site northlandspark.com has a more detailed explanation of the long list of bets available, how to place them and how the odds are calculated.
 
Horse Racing has its own language, as do many other sports. People in the know or those who work the backstretch or gamble on horse races may speak a foreign language to you. Here you can learn many of the terms that make horse racing the "Sport Of Kings".

These horse racing terms, often permeate everyday language, especially during election times. Talk of a "dark horse" , "two horse race" and "down to the wire" , are all commonly used and come directly from the sport. Check out our complete horse racing terminology dictionary to learn more.

Handicap The Races Ahead of Time for Better Results - Serious handicappers all have one thing in common. They do their homework in advance. That way they have a good idea of what they want to bet on before they hit the racetrack. To seriously get into a racing program it takes me at least an hour of handicapping time. That way I can access each horses running lines, post positions, jockeys, trainers, etc.

Handicapping should be fun, after all it is a hobby. Hobbies are supposed to be fun. Give yourself time to relax and enjoy the process of selecting winners. I like to get the form the night before and read it before I go to bed. Its kind of like a bedtime story for me, hopefully one with a happy ending tomorrow afternoon. Read more here

 
If you want to learn more about handicapping angles, or just to improve your skills. Check out our horse racing specific handicapping articles, we teach you how and you are the one to profit.

Horse's wearing blinkers for the first time can improve a horse's racing performance, sometimes exponentially. Learn more about trainers adding blinkers to a horse first time in this informative article.

When Is the Best Time to Place a Bet on Horse Racing? - If you are a horse racing punter, you are very fortunate today in that you have so much choice when it comes to betting on a horse or a particular race. In some cases, a market is open as early as six months in advance therefore you have the option of placing the bet early or waiting until the day of the contest to stake your selection.
Sometimes A Banker Horse Is Key - If you find a horse in a race that you think has a good chance to finish in the top 3, using this horse as an anchor in your exotic wagers, might be a good option.
Early Money, Late Money? - Some people watch the tote board closely to see which horses are taking the most betting action. This article explores betting trends in races and what to watch out for.

Apprentice Riders Can Offer Good Value - Looking to bet on horses that are good value or maybe even a live longshot? Apprentice riders are up and comers that are not always well known or followed by racetrack veterans. 
Draw Stats Sometimes Overlooked - What post position a horse draws in a race can be very important. Don't forget to pay attention to your horses starting gate.

What Is Tactical Speed? - Horses with tactical speed are more versatile, allowing jockeys more options during a race.
Find A Horse That Loves The Distance - Some horses have strong track records at a particular distance, these runners often known as distance specialists. Identifying these types of horses when they are racing at their preferred distance can be a good betting angle.
 
Horses For Turf Courses - Certain horses like certain turf courses, here we examine this phenomena.
Top Trainers Can Improve Runners - Just like a good coach makes a player better, so too does a top trainer with a racehorse.

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Jockeys Jumping Off, Can Be a Tip-Off - Make no mistake about it jockeys want to be on the best horse in the race, or at least what they feel is their best chance of winning. The better jockeys often get to choose between mounts in races. So it's a good idea to pay attention when a jockey has a few options of which horse to ride.
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