Tag Archives: Handicapping

2017 Belmont Stakes Cheat Sheet

Need to quickly get up to speed on the 2017 Belmont Stakes field? If not, share this thumbnail of the field with your friends and family who don’t follow racing as closely as you do!

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2016 Kentucky Derby Cheat Sheet

Need to quickly get up to speed on the 2016 Kentucky Derby field? If not, share this thumbnail of the field with your friends and family who don’t follow racing as closely as you do!

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2015 Belmont Stakes Cheat Sheet

Need to quickly get up to speed on the 2015 Belmont Stakes field? If not, share this thumbnail of the entrants with your friends and family who don’t follow racing as closely as you do!

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2014 Belmont Stakes Cheat Sheet

Need to quickly get up to speed on the 2014 Belmont Stakes field? If not, share this thumbnail of the field with your friends and family who don’t follow racing as closely as you do!

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2013 Belmont Stakes Cheat Sheet

Need to quickly get up to speed on the 2013 Belmont Stakes field? If not, share this thumbnail of the field with your friends and family who don’t follow racing as closely as you do!

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2013 Kentucky Derby Cheat Sheet

Need to quickly get up to speed on the 2013 Kentucky Derby field? If not, share this thumbnail of the field with your friends and family who don’t follow racing as closely as you do!

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Breeders’ Cup Turf Trends

The conventional wisdom about Breeders’ Cup turf races is that European invaders will dominate. Perhaps they will, but historically the location of the prep has been less important than the order of finish.

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All Signs Point North

While Man O’War and Secretariat are legendary names in American horse racing history, arguably no horse has shaped the sport worldwide more than Northern Dancer.

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2012 Kentucky Derby Cheat Sheet

Need to quickly get up to speed on the 2012 Kentucky Derby field? If not, share this thumbnail of the field with your friends and family who don’t follow racing as closely as you do!

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Handicapping Process

Are you curious about how other players handicap? Do wonder what angles and tools they use most or what questions they ask themselves? We’ve assembled a canny group of cappers to discuss their approach to handicapping, and they don’t hold back!

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Introduction to Speed

It’s not how fast have they run; it’s how fast can they run. Being able to determine what factors made a horse fast in the past will put you in a position make the most of your wagers.

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Introduction to Class

Being able to spot whether a horse out-classes its rivals or is out-classed, whether it’s on the improve or falling down the ranks, will help lead you to the best bets and steer you away from the worst.

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Speed Rations

Knowing who’s the fastest horse is helpful, but knowing who stands to benefit from the impending pace scenario can be even more helpful! Special guest Derek Simon shows you how with his very own pace figs.

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Getting up to Speed on Beyers

What are Beyer Speed Figures good for other than determining who might be the fastest horse? Quite a bit as it turns out! Find what our panelists have to say about BSFs as Figs Gone Wild Month rages on.

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Figuring Out Figs

Whether it’s to help you identify who will end up favored or to better understand a horse’s performance, performance and speed figures are everywhere so you might as well understand them.

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How to Handicap

Once you’ve familiarized yourself with past performances, a great way to get started is to just start asking, and trying to answer, questions.

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All-Weather Sires

All-weather racetracks are a relatively new phenomenon, having only been in existence for just over five years. While much more study needs to be undertaken, we’ve identified ten sires whose offspring have done well on all-weather surfaces so far.

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I Love a Parade

How a horse looks on paper is one thing, but when the gates open are they ready to go? The post parade and warm-up can provide insight.

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Rooting vs. Wagering

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.

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How to Watch a Race

While watching a race may seem like a no-brainer, there’s a definite skill involved to ensure that you’re seeing as much of the race as possible.

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