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.

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.

Make a note of the races you think are the most playable. Don't be afraid to mark up your racing form. I write comments all over mine. I circle and highlight things I think are the most important. That way I can go back to them later and really double check my first analysis.

When you get to the track and you have already handicapped the races in advance, you have an edge over your competition. You will be less likely to be swayed by betting moves, like false favorites. You will have more time to relax and enjoy the races.

Don't be afraid to make minor adjustments before making your wagers. But if you seem to really be changing your mind at the last second from what you earlier envisioned, you may want to reconsider betting the race. To me handicapping is like a racecar. The mechanic will have her tuned just right before the big race. But even up to and during it, he may have to make slight adjustments to fine tune his work. However, you will never see a mechanic trying to build an engine 5 minutes before an important race. Don't try the same thing 5 minutes to post time.

 
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.

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