Horse Betting . . .
hundreds (maybe thousands) of books have been written on the subject.  Most are completely out-dated, many were hog-wash to begin with, a few are downright fraudulent, and a rare handful are, in fact, valuable to the bettor in pursuit of success in this wonderful and challenging endeavor of handicapping and betting the horses.

. . . But there has been an oversight general to all materials on horse betting and horse handicapping:  They most often leave out telling you what NOT to do. They forget to protect you against yourself by not exposing the actions that will cause you to burn through your bankroll in record time.

Okay – so . . . what not to do?!


  • Don’t expect the moon. Horse betting is a tough game. Some make huge sums – sure – but most successful players achieve only an average income. There are the ‘whales’ that bet in the thousands per race (and can win – or lose – big!), but that is a different kind of game than what we are describing here at HorseBettingSuccess.com. Strive to become successful first – then plan on your profits to be . . . well – let’s say – just don’t imagine a yacht sitting out front of your estate on Maui – okay?!
  • Don’t expect to make a living betting on favorites. It’s okay now and then – at fair odds – but never as a steady diet. There is just too much that can go wrong in a horse race to be willing to accept ridiculously low odds on ANY horse.
  • Don’t wager more than you should. If you ever get the sinking feeling that if you lose this next race bet, you’ll be in trouble money-wise do not make that bet.
  • Don’t bet money needed to manage your ‘other’ life as it should be managed. Don’t gamble for gambling’s sake.
  • Don’t jump around with your approach. Learn the basics of the game – study handicapping from the best – establish your process and ‘system’ then stick with it. Tweak only slightly to optimize after you have the records to show you should, otherwise don’t.
  • Don’t blame outside influences for your losses. Almost always – it is not the jockey, or the trainer, or the moon phase, or whatever – that has caused you to lose a wager. That kind of “blame” thinking is destructive to your chances of success.
  • Don’t go in thinking it can’t be done. Doubting and timid attitudes towards this race betting game are self-defeating. Success at horse racing betting requires patience, a good serving of self-confidence, and a positive expectancy, long-term edge on the game. That’s all.
  • Don’t give up too soon. If you are fairly new at the game, plan to bet very small during your learning phase. Get some experience. Pay some dues (but make them small dues!). Gain some race betting wisdom – the kind that comes from not only studying the game, but also getting down and dirty in the trenches while laying down real green at the windows.


Chisel those guidelines into your brain. They’ll serve as a good starting foundation. There are plenty more horse racing tips, and handicapping insights throughout the site, as well as several more suggestions on things that need to be avoided in order to be successful at horse betting. Take it in at your own pace . . . there’s always another race coming up.

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