The psychological aspects of the game can play as of a much a part of in your decision making process as the analytical aspects. Good decision making can depend on your ability to recognize some of these aspects or conditions in real time.
You’re going to end up liking and disliking horses, jockeys and trainers, but be wary of how that affects your handicapping!
The gambler’s head does not always jive with the racing fan’s heart. It’s good to recognize that rooting for and gambling on horses can sometimes be two different things.