Laying Horses – An Alternative Profit Scheme

Laying horses is tricky, but it can definitely be done. Laying is where you’re betting against an outcome happening, just for the record. Well, one type of laying that’s available on exchange websites is “running”. This is where you’re looking to lay horses while they’re in the middle of their races. This is really more or less for advanced players only, as you’ll need to have a good understanding of the way horses travel, what can lead them to getting blocked in and a very good understanding of pace. It’s also very important to have a great knowledge of the form book — horses that appear to be going well can be very profitable.

You also need to find reasons to oppose horses — even when everyone else seems to be hot for them.

A layer on an exchange can really make good money just by laying horses that will trade at a bigger price. Once you have yourself into a position where you’ll profit if a horse is beaten, then you can go later and back the same horse at bigger odds (if allowed) without having to pour in more money based on the position that they’ve already achieved. The amount of profit is locked in but it depends on the original stake, as well as how large the drift in the horse’s price has been.

Figuring out which horses are going to contract in price is tough. There are some horses that always seem to drift, and that’s when you need to cash in.

Laying Horses

Here’s an example for you.

Let’s say that you find a horse that you expect all of the other punters to pounce on. You have a good feeling the price will reduce over time.

So you have a 100 GBP bet at 8/1 odds in the morning. This is Bet #1.

An hour before the race the horse is trading at 5/1.

So therefore you get to lay off your 100 GBP stake at odds of 5/1. This is Bet #2.

So let’s say your horse of choice loses.

Bet 1 loses, and you lose 100 GBP.
However, bet 2 wins, and you win back your original 100 GBP stake. You therefore break even.

But what about if your horse wins?

Bet #1 is a winner, and you get 800. But bet #2 is a loser, and you lose 500 GBP.

Your profit is still 300 GBP, overall.

This situation is pretty good — you win 300 if the horse wins, but if you don’t win (the horse loses), you break even and don’t lose over the long haul.

There are some reasons to oppose a horse.

The biggest reason would have to be price. Sometimes the horse just trades at a price that doesn’t represent its real chances in the race. The lower the price related to its chances, the better value it will be for you. Laying all of the short priced horses doesn’t mean that you’re guaranteed to profit, just like if you were to lay all favorites. You need to evaluate each horse individually.

What about ground? Some horses excel at other types of ground that other horses stumble at. Soft ground can trip up horses that are otherwise great, and hard ground can mess up horses that are used to softer ground. The breeding of a horse can give you some clues, but you will need to get deeper.

The course itself can mess with horses. Are the bends left or right handed? What’s the length of the final straight? Sometimes a horse needs a longer straight to really keep going. The sharpness of the turns and hills can really mess with horses as well. The time between runs can also mess up a horse’s chances.

It sounds like a lot of data to crunch, but it’s stuff that can lead to greater profitability. Why not check it out for yourself as soon as you can? You’ll truly be glad that you did!

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More Horse Handicapping Tips For the Frustrated

Frustrated that you’re not winning as many bets on the races as you should be? Handicapping should be your best friend. Even though a lot of people do not like taking the time for handicapping, the truth is that this is the only way to fly if you’re going to be a serious punter. There’s no real point in betting on the races if you’re not prepared to look at a ton of data. Of course, this doesn’t mean that the casual player can’t have a little fun. But we’re going to assume that you’re into more than just entertainment. You want to actually make some money. There’s nothing in the world wrong with that. We like making money on the races.

Handicapping sounds difficult at first but it definitely gets easier. Here’s a few more tips for the frustrated among us. Even though you’re not guaranteed to win anything, these tips should help you do pretty well in the races to come.

One of the biggest mistakes that newbies make is that they bet on maiden claiming races. You have to work with horses that have already proven themselves. Leave the experimenting to someone with deeper pockets. You can look at whether or not the race is a claiming one just by checking out the race description in the track program.

Horse Handicapping Tips

From here, you need to calculate each horse’s lifetime earnings per start.

The equation is pretty easy: LEPS = the horse’s lifetime earnings / the horse’s lifetime starts.

The information you need will be in the upper right hand corner of the listing from the past performances.

Finally, you can bet on the horse that has the highest LEPS as long as the closing odds will be greater than or equal to 8:1.

What you’re really betting on is the horse’s level of ability. This is why there are different classes of horses within the world of thoroughbred horseracing. If you have a good horse, you’ll still make money on him even if he’s dropped to a lower class level.

Trainers manipulate this system as well. They know that a horse that’s been dropped to a lower class due to injuries will still have a good chance of beating out the competition within that class. And if the horse improves? They make even more money.

Keep in mind that this method isn’t without problems. You can still lose money. It’s not “sure money”, but what would the horse betting world be if you had to go with everything being a sure bet? Test the method out for yourself and see where it takes you. Good luck!

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Standardbreds vs. Thoroughbreds – Know Your Horses

Knowing your horses is very important when you’re trying to bet on different horse races. Knowing the difference between Standardbreds used in harness racing and Thoroughbreds used in what most know as “horse racing”.

Before we begin comparing, you have to understand that both breeds are very good. You’ll find winning horses in both categories. They are separated — you will not find Thoroughbreds and Standardbreds in the same race. However, each horse category has its own allure.

Standardbreds are FAST — they are bred that way, and they are here to stay. They have to meet a certain speed standard in order to be registered in the first place. They have refined, solid legs, with powerful shoulders and hindquarters. They are also known for having a long body and being very muscular. They have to be — they will be pulling a sulky as part of harness racing.

They are known for their excellent temperament as well. Many horse enthusiasts lean towards the Standardbreds in terms of investment, for a few different reasons. Many Standardbreds get better with age, while Thoroughbreds tend to run for less time.

Standardbreds

Now then, that’s not to say that thoroughbreds don’t carry their own prestige. The racing world for Thoroughbreds is HUGE. You will never run out of opportunities to bet on them, and they will return some good results if you make your bets right.

Strong handicapping methods are needed to make your bets pay off properly. You do not want to get caught making the bets off the gut. Emotion is not a good key to success in the horse betting world.

Look up some old racing data before you get too excited about either type of racing horse. You might find that you lean more towards harness racing than flat racing with Thoroughbreds, but it’s completely up to you.

As a side note, you should find a sportsbook that accommodates both types of racing. If you have to give up harness racing online, though, it’s not the end of the world. You can always go offline for this. However, in recent years both racing worlds are represented at the top sportsbooks in the world. Check them out and see where you want to go.

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A Word About Horse Race Types

It’s not all about the Kentucky Derby, though that’s a great race to watch. There’s a lot of money that exchanges hands at the Kentucky Derby, but that isn’t where the top horses debut. They have to start from the ground up just like any other horse does. By the way, horse racing is divided into not only different race types, but also different types of horses. Harness racing is different from thoroughbred racing, but that’s an article for a different day.

Let’s check out those races, shall we?

First and foremost, you have maiden races. This is actually where it all begins for a horse. Any horse that hasn’t won a race is known as a maiden. In fact, winning that first race is known as “breaking his/her maiden” and it can happen in any type of race. There are different class levels for maiden races.

The top class of the maidens are known as Maiden Special Weight races. These are amazing horses that will win quickly and move on to other races. There’s also maiden claiming races for horses that failed in the maiden special weight company. The lower the claiming tag on a horse, the lower the quality.

So, what about those claiming races anyway? Well, in a claiming race every horse has a price tag. The horse can be bought or “claimed” out of the race for that price. The person who wants to claim the horse puts in the request before the race. Here’s the fun part — no matter what happens to the horse in the race, the new owner gets the horse. Even if the horse is injured after the race — yes, it’s a little weird but it’s true.

Horse Race Types

Claiming races have their own classes as well based on price. The highest level is the optional claimer — this goes for 75 grand per horse or more. The horses can be entered with an option to be claimed but if the owner doesn’t want to, they don’t have to.

Regular claiming races can go from a grand to a full hundred grand per house, but the high end is usually only at like Belmont or Santa Anita. The low end will be at minor tracks.

There’s allowance races — a step up from claiming races. The horses are not for sale, and you would look silly expecting them to be. There are set conditions and weights to carry with weight allowed off for meeting various other conditions. Typical races are for the horses that didn’t win a certain number of races from the other category. Horses here aren’t necessarily terrible — they just haven’t won. Allowances like having 5 pounds off the assigned weight if the horse hasn’t won since a certain date or brought in a certain amount of money. These races can still be exciting to bet on.

Finally, you have the stakes races. This is where things really get interesting. Stakes races can go for a lot of money — all the way up to the 5 million dollar Breeders’ Cup Classic. The finest horses will be at the finest races, and those stakes races are Graded Stakes. These have no restrictions except for age or sex. The grade assigned to a race is controlled by a committee that ensures that a Grade 1, 2, or 3 race is the same no matter what track is being run. The big tracks will run all three grades but smaller tracks might only have one.

Grade 1 races are ones you probably know of — Preakness, Belmont Stakes, and all eight of the Breeders’ Cup. These are amazing races to watch — they are filled with horses at their prime. Study the horses well here if you’re going to handicap.

We hope this guide was helpful to you, even if you’re going to be betting online. Good luck!

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Making Handicapping Picks Work For You

Horse betting can be about data, or about emotion. Those in the former category believe that data is all that matters, while those in the latter category believe that there’s room for emotion at the table. Our view is that it’s your money, you can do whatever it is that you want to do. Betting on the horses is a personal decision, and we aren’t here to mock anyone for the way they pick their ponies. We just happen to think that there’s something to be said about thinking about horse handicapping. This is where you pick horses on a variety of factors that matter to you.

What about getting handicapping picks handed to you? This is something that players turn their noses up at, but the reality is that you really do a lot better picking the horses that you want based on what someone else has chosen — at least for a while. You might take time on your own to become a great handicapper. This is not something that happens overnight. It’s completely up to you to figure it out.

Handicapping Picks

We decided to give you a few tips to help you get on the right track, in a manner of speaking.

First and foremost, you have to make sure that you’re following the tiers. Most handicappers will give you multiple tiers filled with horses that are ranked from best to worse. The horses that you start with will depend on the type of race you’re betting on. Single race, multi-leg bets and more all have different picking styles.

You also want to choose where you’re betting. Not every race will yield gold for you. Being selective helps you keep your bankroll as well as give you time to survey more horses.

There’s nothing wrong with thinking about how you’re going to bet — but you need to make sure that you’re being realistic. If you’re a newbie in the horse racing world, throwing big money around isn’t the answer. It only makes you look ridiculous. You’ll wind up scaring off other people that would have easily helped you if you had started small. When you throw around money and brag about it, nobody is going to feel sorry for you if you lose.

Starting small isn’t a bad thing. You can start with the basic win/place/show, or exacta/quinellas and even doubles. It’s not the end of the world just because you don’t have enough money to really make a Pick 4 or Pick 6 work out.

As an aside, if all of this sounds like Latin to you, you might want to brush up on horse betting lingo. It’s going to help you make sense of our site as well as other guides out there online.

Looking at workouts also matters. Past performance is EVERYTHING in the world of horse racing. You don’t want to go with a horse that really isn’t in top form.

The type of track also makes a difference — indeed, there is a big difference between turf and dirt. The horses know this as well. The way breeding works is that the horse that’s good on turf isn’t good on dirt, and vice versa. Weather conditions matter as well — has the horse ran on a wet track? What about on a dry track? Horses have preferences just like people.

Study all of these tips before you put handicapping tips into action — it’ll lead to better winnings.

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Horse Racing Tips

If you have been betting on horses for very long you probably already know that everyone seems to have another hot tip. You also probably know that if you rely on those hot tips you will be broke very quickly.

That is where we come in, luckily you can rely on us to deliver you consistent accurate information about the horse racing industry and most profitable betting strategies. With so many different factors to analyze you must learn to sift through all of the information and determine what are the most important factors to be considered.

It is our goal here at horsesurvey2012.com to deliver you reliable advice and handicapping information. We plan to bring you updated content on a regular basis and to hopefully help you improve your handicapping skills. We hope that you will come back and visit us often.

Whether you are new to horse racing, or an experienced veteran we hope to bring you information that can benefit your betting strategies. We plan to bring you articles to help you understand more about how to interpret past performances and how to look for winning patterns.

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Past performances are very good indication of a horse’s current form. Most horses go through cycles and are more likely to win at different points in the cycles. By analyzing the horse’s current form you can try to determine where the horse is in the current cycle in hopes of determining if he’s more likely to perform at his best in the next race.

Another important factor that must be analyzed is class. An extreme example of this would be if you took a high school baseball pitcher and had him pitch to eight and nine year old kids. He would most likely dominate and strike them out every time, but if you put that same picture against major-league batters he most likely wouldn’t be able to strike out any of them. So you must analyze if a horse is running against stronger or weaker competition then he normally does.

There are several additional important factors such as the length of the race, along with the expected speed and pace of the race. These factors can have a large impact on how different horses perform in these races. For example a speed horse who normally likes to be out in the front doesn’t like to be pressured by another speed horse. If there are several speed horses in the same race is likely that they will push each other into an extremely fast pace early. If this happens they are more likely to tire and slowdown allowing a closer to come in and win the race late.

All of these factors and more must be considered before placing any bets. Another important factor is that we haven’t even mentioned is the surface of the race. Is the race on the turf, or is it on the dirt? If it is on the dirt is it on real dirt or is it on a synthetic dirt?

Welcome to the exciting and sometimes unpredictable world of horse racing. We hope to teach you about how to have fun and win money at the same time. There is nothing more exciting than watching your horse run to victory and then going to get your money.

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Glossary Notes on Horse Betting

Trying to keep up with new terminology might be making you feel dizzy but don’t worry — we still have you covered. You have to check out this guide to a bunch of commonly used horse betting terms. If you don’t, you could end up having a hard time really getting into the game. Horse betting is fun once you learn the lingo and really start making your own picks. So let’s get into it, shall we?

Win

This is a pretty easy bet — your horse has to finish first in order to collect. This is a requirement, and if your horse isn’t the winner, then you don’t collect anything at all.

Place

Place is a little more forgiving — your horse doesn’t have to win first. Indeed, they can win second. However, they must win either first or second to collect anything.

Show

Show is very forgiving — first, second, or third are all equally acceptable.

Exacta

Exacta is a little more interesting — you play two horses. They must come in first and second in the exact order that you specify in order to collect. So if you make Morning Glory 1st and Hot to Trot 2nd, they have to come into those positions in that order. If Hot to Trot comes in 1st and Morning Glory comes in 2nd, you’re out of luck.

Exacta Box

In this case, you still play two horses. They must come in first and second in either order to collect.

Trifecta

You get to play three horses — they must come in 1st, 2nd, and 3rd in exact order to collect on this bet.

Trifecta Key

This one gets a little trickier. You play three horses. You choose on horse to win — that’s your key horse. That key horse has to come in first followed by the other two horses 2nd and 3rd in order to collect anything. You can play more than two horses in second and which, which will mean that any two of those horses can finish in those positions. You’ll still win.

Trifecta Box

You play three horses here. They have to come in first, second, and third in any order to collect.

Superfecta

In this wager type, you play four horses. They have to come into first, second, third, and fourth places in the exact order to win.

Superfecta Key

Again, you play four horses. You choose one horse to call — that’s your key horse gain. That horse has to come in first followed by the other three horses in second, third, and fourth to collect. You can play more than three horses in second, third, and fourth places. This means that any three of those horses can finish in those positions and you’ll still win.

Superfecta Box

You play four horses, who must finish the top four places in any order.

Now that you know more about the wager types, don’t you think that it’s time to open an account at a sportsbook and do some betting? We think so!

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Looking at the Horse Racing Form

Data, data, data — we just keep talking about data. We know that you came here to learn more about horse betting and how to make money, but we’re getting to that. You see, if you aren’t willing to crunch the numbers, then you’re going to find that you just aren’t going to get ahead very quickly. It’s better to make sure that you’re looking at hard numbers. Data will get you a lot farther in life than looking at playing form the gut. Sure, every punter is a little emotional — that’s what makes gambling interesting. A lot of people have a lucky horse that they’re really into. You just need to figure out what works for you. If you’re just a casual player, data might not mean anything to you. However, if you’re trying to make serious money, then you really need to get a love for data. Data is really what makes serious punters a lot of money.

In the world of horse racing, the biggest source of data for handicappers would have to be the horse racing form. The racing form will be listed even on online sportsbooks, so you don’t have to look too far for this data. Don’t worry at all about this — the racing form will be available just about everywhere you look. If you’re part of a horse racing forum, you can ask some of the veterans where they get theirs from. They should be more than willing to help you out.

The nice thing about the racing form guides is that they will clearly separate all of the information. With so many races happening, it’s easy for numbers and horses to get jumbled up. You’ll see exactly when the races start, and when they’re timed to end.

Horse Racing Form

You’ll see a few columns:

311-21 | Big Slick | Brian Jevette | 12-0 | J Browning

There’s a few things to be found in that information.

The first column is going to show you the horse’s finishing positions on its last five runs. This is pretty important information.

The next column gives you the name of the horse. Keep in mind that horse owners like to be funny — they name their horses something humorous most of the time!

The next column is the person who trains the horse. Every trainer has different methods. You’ll find that good trainers definitely carry a reputation in this industry.

12-0 refers to the weight the horse is due to carry in the race. This is going to be displayed in imperial weight.

The final column is the name of the jockey that will be riding the horse. Jockeys, like trainers, have their own reputation and past performance history to consider.

You’ll find other pieces of good information. For example, you’ll find the number assigned to the horse in the racecard. You’ll also see it on the horse’s weight cloth. It helps everyone at the race identify each and every horse.

The racing form will also list the age of the horses involved. In flat racing, the age is from 2 to 5, but you might find some older horses in there as well.

If you’re going to read a horse racing form, you need to look at each horse’s chances based on looking at the entire form itself. The race conditions will also play a role. Every horse is different. Some horses don’t do well on firm ground, while others run like champs on it. Same with soft ground — you’ll find horses dislike it and it tends to affect their performance.

The distance of each race does matter when it comes to selecting horses. Every horse has their preferences, as mentioned before. So some horses do great long distance while others are better for a short sprint.

The class of the horse matters as well. Horses can be very consistent if they are properly kept. The higher the class of the horse, the more likely it is that they are being properly managed. After all, there’s a lot of money at stake!

Don’t expect to grasp everything overnight. Becoming a successful handicapper is a matter of patience. You have to be aware of all of the different nuances in the horses you select. You might be interested in looking at past performance as well before you get your heart set on a horse. It’ll pay off well in the long run when you have a nice side income from all of your betting! Good luck!

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Popular Contenders for the 2013 Kentucky Derby

The Kentucky Derby is only a few weeks away — it starts up May 4th, 2013. The major prep races have already gotten underway, and the contender list will change rapidly. The entries get drawn and post positions are selected on the 1st of May. This year is very special for the Derby, as the hopefuls will be determined by a new point system. It’s being called “Road to the Kentucky Derby”

As punters, you need to have a good idea of all of this information in order to make the best bets possible. That’s really the best way to go, from every angle that you can think of.

The new system focuses on a series of 36 selected prep races to figure out the priority for all horses wishing to be KD starters. This is an attempt to make the selection order fairer to all contenders.

What’s also interesting about 2013 is that fillies can run in the Derby. However, she’ll have to earn her way into the field. This is done through accumulating points against open company. The good news is that any points earned by a filly in the Road to the Kentucky Derby series will also be credited to her point total in the Road to the Kentucky Oaks series.

2013 Kentucky Derby

These changes should be pretty big business for the Derby, as well as for horse enthusiasts from corner to corner and angle to angle.

So, who is in the lead right now? The top 5 horses are listed below:

1. Code West

Trained by: Bob Baffert
Dosage: 1.34
Jockey: Martin Garcia

2. Delhomme

Trained by: Todd Pletcher
Dosage: 1.80
Jockey: Javier Castellano

3. Den’s Legacy

Trained by: Bob Baffert
Dosage: 1.57
Jockey: Garrett Gomez

4. Dynamic Sky

Trained by: Mark Casse
Dosage: 2.50
Jockey: Luis Contreas

5. Elnaawi

Trained by: Kiaran McLaughlin
Dosage: 1.67
Jockey: Channing Hill

Which horse do you have your eye? We’d love to know. Right now we’re keeping our selection to ourselves in order to see how the contender slots move around, but we really would love to hear from you on this. Are you excited that the Derby is coming? Let us know!

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Horse Racing Betting: Must-Know Considerations

Horse racing betting considers a lot of things besides knowing how to lay a bet on a certain horse with the best odds or the most interesting name. As a matter of fact, there are people who thought that only horse racing experts can win the game. Below are necessary considerations in creating a system for horse racing betting.

1. Distance

The distance that a horse is expected to run so it could get itself to the finish line is a crucial factor that you should take into account in horse racing betting. If you see that there is just a short distance for the horse to run, this means a short time for the horse to show what it can do. On the other hand, if there is a very long distance involved in the horse racing track, there are various possibilities such as the likelihood of the horse to get tired or when the rider drops off. Take note that the distance of the horse race that is very safe should involve a range of 5 furlongs and should not go beyond 3 miles.

2. Type of Ground

In horse racing betting, it is also necessary to consider the type of ground that will be used for the race. As a crucial rule, the run of the horse should be excellent. Check out if the ground is heavy or soft. The firmness or smoothness of the horse’s run is also critical in the horse race. The outcome of the race can also be affected with the feet size of the horse.

3. Number of horses that will run

One of the most imperative considerations in horse racing betting is the number of runners in the race. The chance of your selected horse to win the race will be impacted by the number of participating horses. If the race involves a huge field, you can expect a huge number of runners who will compete in the sport. It is certainly difficult to choose the right horse to bet on when there are many competing horses.

4. The last race of the horse

It is also a significant consideration in horse racing betting to know the last time the horse run for a race. You may not find it easy to know the condition and shape of the horse when it hasn’t run for a short time. Usually, it is ideal to bet on a horse that went for a race at a current season.

5. Horse form

The horse form has letters C and D market on it. The letter C signifies that the horse has been able to win a number of races previously while the D indicates that the horse has won over the distance in a race. When the horse form has C or D, this means that the horse is a good runner and this won’t make you think twice.

6. Most Favorites

In horse racing betting, you can also take into account the horses that have been the top pick of many bettors in the current season. According to experts, top favorites have the ability to win races. Hence, you should find out some favorite horses and learn about their racing records before you get yourself in horse racing betting.

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