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Online Horse Betting - The Beat Goes On

Posted by Brian Mulligan on 4/25/2012 4:22:31 PM

Like Sonny and Cher used to belt on during the song “The Beat Goes On” the same can be true about the changing racing scene this week as the Californians roll over to Inglewood and BetFair Hollywood Park and the Big Apple Boys move to Elmont and Belmont Park.

For online sports betting enthusiasts, we all have to resist the temptation to bet blindly off of the Santa Anita or Aqueduct form.

This can be easier said than done but to succeed, you have to abide and have a game plan.

As far as the Cushion Track at Hollypark is concerned, players have to be careful of just rolling it in on the runners going turf to the Cushion.

Things change on all surfaces, notice they had to add content to the dirt track at Anita this year and it’s true of the synthetics too. It was a touted theory that grass to synthetic runners would thrive but early on in the history of the Cushion at Hollywood, that was just not the case as it produced a negative return.

In a synthetic piece promoted by the DRF, Gary Stevens had some common sense thoughts about how to deal with the synthetic surfaces.

Stevens: “On synthetic tracks, the style is a lot more like it is on the turf. That’s a key. You have to save something in your horse for the final quarter-mile or else you are putting yourself at risk.

As far as the human element in betting is concerned, the usual suspects will be alive and well.

At the Anita meeting which ended Sunday, Joel Rosario ran away with the riding title by 17 wins over Rafael Bejarano and Bob Baffert, who else, finished with 46 wins to win his tenth title at Santa Anita.

After a slow start, Joe Talamo ended up having a fine meeting finishing third and 3 wins ahead of talented apprentice Eswan Flores.

Flores has a bright future on the circuit, as does transplanted NoCal rider Kevin Krigger.

Jeff Mullins will be dangerous at Hollywood Park, as he has been picking his spots beautifully as have Pete Eurton, Marty Jones and Bill Spawr.

With daily purses expected to average over $600,000 at Belmont, trainers and jockeys are coming out of the woodwork to get in on the action.

Dale Romans has brought a string of 38 horses, and some of the more prominent trainers like Tom Proctor, Graham Motion, Ralph Nicks and Michael Trombetta also figure to win races in bunches.

Those barns with potent babies have added incentive too as the New York Racing Association is offering a $100,000 bonus for any runner that breaks his maiden at this Belmont meet and goes on to win a Graded stakes at one of the other stops on the circuit.

That’s real money.

The New York local contingent will again be headed by Ramon Dominguez, J.R. Velazquez and Edgar Prado but they will face stiff competition from Julien Leparoux, Rosie Napravnik and Junior Alvarado, who will be riding at Belmont full time for the first time.

So, get your favorite beverage, boot up the computer to your online sportsbook, put the thinking cap on and let’s get lucky.

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