One thing that horse punters are especially concerned about is handicapping and with good reason. If you’re not studying the principles of handicapping, you’re essentially leaving money on the table. Oh, you didn’t think that I was going to tell you to just trust in what the announcer wants to promote, did you? They are in the business of getting you parted from your money. They will do and say anything in that vein, so it’s important not to get caught up. You want to focus on the sound principles of picking horses, not just going off whatever your gut says. If you hang around in enough forums, you’ll start hearing some good chatter form handicappers. For example, when you know that handicappers are going to start talking about a horse’s workout program, they are on to something big.
Could too much exercise ruin a horse’s chances of victory? The truth is that it definitely can be an issue. What you have to do is make sure that you’re not going after horses that are being run into the ground. Every trainer has a different view of what “running a horse into the ground” really means, but you do realize when a horse looks too tired. You can study their form and look at all of their races. Are they slowly losing places in a race? That’s a good sign that things aren’t going well for the horse. They might be sick, they might be nursing a mild injury, or they just might be getting worked too hard. Many trainers are going to be pretty quiet about it if it happens, but we punters can look at the data that we have and then figure out our next course of action.
As long as you’re not going to get emotional about a horse, you have a chance to save your profits. I say this in almost every article, but there are punters that refuse to let go of a horse. This isn’t about your feelings. This is about cold hard cash. If that’s too much for you, then you really need to make sure that you aren’t investing good money into this game. Go and go something else — anything else, really. But if you’re going to bet on the horses for real money, then you need to start thinking like a serious punter. Talking about handicapping and studying the forms are two key activities that lead to serious money changing hands. There’s always money circulating in life — it’s up to you figure out how to make it flow towards you. That’s really all there is to it.
Good luck with all of your upcoming horse picks. Don’t waste your time with a horse that’s worn out. There are plenty of racehorses being bred, born, and trained for excellence. Don’t give up!