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Keep It Simple

Posted by on 6/27/2014 10:36:55 PM

For all the lofty figures, the sheets, the trip notes, the medication situations some times online sports betting site players are just better off trying to keep it simple.

It’s like playing golf and keeping the course ahead of you and to just think about one shot at a time or when playing hoops just take care of the ball and get the rock to the open man.

It’s not brain surgery so let’s look to some simple steps than can help handicappers focus and get back on track.

Try not to reach when looking for winners and attempt to just find horses that are in good form and have been in the money in their last several starts.

If a horse had obvious trouble and still was beaten less than 2 lengths, that runner deserves legit consideration.

Quality horses like California Chrome and Tonalist, because they have talent and good foundations, keep their form longer than the cheaper runners plying their trade in ordinary claimers.

That’s just common sense.

Take an extra long look at beaten favorites. Sometimes fans will just over bet droppers and runners that seem due to hit paydirt but if a beaten favorite comes back in his next race at a juicy price of 8 or 10-1, there are worse bets to make than that situation.

There is a saying about not going to the funeral if you didn’t go to the wedding and it can be related to racing. Don’t get fooled and jump on the favorite today after that run cashed in his last race as a long shot. Value stirs the drink.

Don’t go overboard on runners that have not proven they can handle today’s conditions. Attempt to stick to horse that have won at today’s distance and on today’s track. It’s like being in a comfort zone.

Remember, fans sometimes just go overboard on a horse that drops, gets a positive distance change and hails from a top barn. In situations like this, look for a runner in the same race that is also dropping, like today’s distance, but has been overlooked on the tote.

When betting at home or at a simulcast facility, have a game plan. Don’t just go betting on every single race that is on the screen right now but have a plan for the day mapped out. If you are betting with a couple of friends, have each friend concentrate on one track and then share information. This will keep the bankroll going and will help with specialized wagers.

Along the same lines, approach a day with a goal. And make it a realistic goal. Don’t go in thinking you are going to win a grand if your bankroll is $75. And it goes the other way, too. Limited your losses if you must and have a figure in your mind that is what you are willing to lose on any given card.

When looking at any race, know that the good trainers have a proven method that they follow. They will not just put a horse in a race for no reason and often times they will race a horse into shape. With that in mind, pay attention to runners that have 2 races under the belt and seem to be improving for that third start.

Lastly, visualization is still the key. Open up the Daily Racing Form, look at the race with a clear mind and ask yourself, ‘how will this race be run’?

One you get a concept of the pace of the race, the other variables will fall into place.

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