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Betting Horse Racing Online - Success at Saratoga

Posted by Brian Mulligan on 7/18/2012 4:13:34 PM

Besides the beautiful views, both human and equine, and the great classic racing, Saratoga, which opens July 20 and run through September 5, offers online sports betting players a number of difficult things to examine on a day-to-day basis. First and foremost is the weather.

And we know the weather will come. It can ruin a grass schedule quicker than you can say flash thunderstorm and just like on the dirt track, all turf courses can play differently when they get some moisture seeping in.

Saratoga Race Course has been called the Spa, and the Graveyard of Favorites, and you better pay strict attention to that last moniker before eating chalk this meeting.

An online betting player really has to focus on where the winners are coming from at this abbreviated stand and if there is a potential bias. Things change here and they change quickly.

Just like at most other venues, speed is extremely potent going short on dirt and you can go wire to wire going long on dirt under the right circumstance.

Speed seems to hold up even better in the juvenile ranks.

As far as route races are concerned, try to stay away from the runners that excelled in those one-turn routes at Belmont. Instead concentrate on routers that have had success at places like Churchill, Gulfstream or locally.

On the grass, it can pretty much be pick a number at the top of the lane. The fields will be competitive, with comebackers, Europeans, and shippers mixed in with the usual suspects coming up from Belmont.

In turf sprints, devalue the chances of runners drawn inside and improve the chances of turf sprinters drawn outside.

Generally speed plays a tad better on the Mellon course rather than the inner turf course. And when evaluating runners on the inner turf, know that the smaller athletic type runners will do much better just because the course is so tight.

Even with all the regally bred maidens that have been positioned to debut at Saratoga, the experienced runners could offer the best value. They have a race or two under the belt and are more accustomed to what could shake them up at race day.

Don’t be scared to take shots with comebackers at this meet. All the pretty people have likely instructed-their well-paid conditioners to save some live runners for this meet. Nothing can be finer than to take a nice little contingent down to the winner’s circle before dinner and drinks at one of Saratoga’s excellent restaurants.

It’s fitting that centerpiece of the Saratoga meet is the mile and a quarter Travers, the oldest major thoroughbred horse race in America. The first Travers took place in 1864 at Saratoga Race Course and some great horses have been crowned the king of the New York social scene since.

Triple Crown winner Whirlaway won the race in 1941, Alydar got some sort of revenge on his rivals taking the 1978 renewal as the original first finisher Affirmed was taken down and placed second.

Last year Stay Thirsty parlayed a win in the Grade 2 Jim Dandy to take the Travers cashing with a 101 Beyer figure.

What players want to look for in a Travers hero is tactical speed, the ability to quicken in traffic and the constitution that enables a runner to take a lick and keep on ticking.

One has to be able to adapt at this meet, so don’t get locked into a tubular mode.

The best advice is hard work. Don’t get caught up in the horse betting hype, look for value as always and when you can isolate what appears to be a false favorite, take a swing with a Louisville slugger.


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