Kentucky Derby 2017

Kentucky Derby 2017

Hey – life is good . . . it’s Derby time again!  Unless you’re one of those cigar-chomping mercenaries who would rather hit a $40 exacta in a race at Fonner Park than be involved in the pageant of the most popular horse race in the western world . . . you’ll be watching.  And if you’re watching – you might as well make a wager or two – right?

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“P” method

“P” method

In place of our usual year-end review post – we’ll talk about a matter waay more interesting.

We’re offering something completely NEW – but something only for some of you. *

The word “new” is in caps and italics because this is not only new – we believe it is unique in the history of race betting and handicapping. And it says “some of you” because this is definitely not for everyone.

We’re not going to make the claim that this new method will change racing – partly because we will try our best to make sure it does not “get out” to the general racing public.  

But – we will make the claim that it will change racing for the few of you who ‘get it.’ Those few will never look at the game the same way they had – and they will never look back.

The ‘hype meter’ just started gyrating for a lot of you – that’s understandable.  But for those who know us – or for those willing to put aside that ‘reasonable doubt’ – then . . .

 

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Breeders Cup 2016

Breeders Cup 2016

Breeders Cup just around the corner – and Horse Racing Gold will, as always, issue our annual, information-packed, Breeders Cup Report.

There’s nothing quite like the Breeders Cup – we get to watch the finest horses compete against each other – and – we get the chance to wager into juicy odds on horses with every chance to win.

If it were only like that every day!

Most of us remember the monster payoff bombs that have exploded over the years – no need to go over those again (and the Report did hit on a couple of them), but a quick review of last year’s results will demonstrate the advantage good players with good information will have on November 4th and 5th . . .

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Patience

Patience

In a recent post (Hot Odds), we talked about narrowing down the odds at which you would be willing to make a wager – as a way to a more profitable bottom line.

Okay – however, this takes patience.

Unfortunately, a lot of players are short on that commodity – and their game suffers for it. 

I’m going to use actual races to show you (meaning anyone who aspires to race betting profits) that simply applying a little patience can make you a very profitable player – interested?

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What’s Missing?

What’s Missing?

Do you ever get the feeling that ‘something’ is missing in your day-to-day handicapping and playing the races (other than profits!)?  For me, it tends at times to become a bit of a drag.  I’m not referring to the “burn-out” factor (which rears its ugly head now and then), but to the fact that it is a never-ending game . . . and a never-ending game with no opponent.

We’re always playing against the “crowd.” When we win – there are hundreds of others who also won on the same horse.  We get no special kudos for having picked a horse that hundreds of others also smoked out.  When we lose – thousands of others also lost that race, so though we lost a few bucks, we haven’t really “failed” because we have so much company.

Want a change?

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Hot Odds

Hot Odds

Allow me make some assumptions (one or all these assumptions will apply to around 95% of those reading this) . . .
1. You are a decent handicapper and you’ve been in the game somewhere between 4 months and 4 decades.
2. You have up days or cycles where you make good money – then you have losing streaks where you give it all back, and –
3. You can’t quite put your finger on why this is, but –
4. You’d really like to solve this and make some money in the game – to the point that you’d be willing to give up your left hand
(or right hand if you’re a lefty), or maybe even sacrifice the wife (or hubby) ?!?  

. . . Okay, okay – just joking about the wife part  🙂

Interested in a way you might solve the race-player’s dilemma – forever?

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Ky Derby 2016

Ky Derby 2016

For me – the Kentucky Derby marks the start of the ‘good’ time of the year.  

For others, it might be Memorial Day – traditional start of summer on the last Monday in May . . . or the start of the Major League baseball season in first week of April . . . or the Vernal Equinox, or the last frost date – whatever, but for dyed-in-the-wool horse racing fans – it’s the “Derby.”

Life (at least horse-racing life) seems to wake up again as Derby Day approaches. It never fails to excite, and a happy anticipation builds towards that first Saturday in May.  The old bankroll can ‘wake up’ again as well.  The Derby has had some monster payouts in its recent history . . .

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Year End Review 2015

Year End Review 2015

Another day – another dollar.”

I’ve always kind of mistrusted that expression – even though it is most often true . . . that we make our way through this life “by the sweat of our brows.”

Unfortunately – far too much energy is given to ‘earning a living’ – as if we are, after all, just a higher-thinking version of any of the other beasts of burden.  We get pretty much captured by the desire and the need to earn.

In race betting it seems that even more energy is given over to that motive. It’s the way we keep score if a ‘recreational’ player, or the way we make ends meet if a ‘professional’ player.

So – what are the pre-requisites to attaining higher levels of profit for 2016 and beyond?

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Odds

Odds

Odds – Odds ! – Odds !!

Did I mention odds?

Okay – I’m going to beat an old drum in this post, but the topic is one that every handicapper needs to get pounded into his/her brain until any hesitation, and all “backsliding” are completely rooted out!

There are two drawbacks (at least) to how our brains (these unbelievably powerful computers we carry around on top of our shoulders) function;
1. We are wired to do what is pleasing, and to avoid what is displeasing
2. We tend to recall short-term results, and lose track of long-term results (i.e. the most clearly remembered events are those that happened most recently).

Though good for our physical survival in general – these tendencies can be death to the survival of our bankroll . . .

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Turf Racing Trick

Turf Racing Trick

Before getting into the meat of the discussion – we’d like to announce that the HRG Index will be issued again starting Thursday, Nov. 12th (details at bottom of post).

Now – answer this question as best you can:
In turf routes, which wins more often;
late speed/energy or early speed/energy?

Most of you will likely have thought for about 1/2 a second before answering “late speed, naturally.”  Others will have thought a bit longer – assuming it was some kind of trick question because the “late” answer seems so obvious.

It’s not a trick question, yet it’s a ‘tricky’ question.  The right answer will give you – perhaps not the proverbial “Key To The Mint” – but at minimum a key to increased profits on the green . . .

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