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Online Horse Betting - Perseverance

Posted by Brian Mulligan on 12/24/2012 5:06:44 PM
Sometimes, half the battle is just showing up and doing the job and trainer George Handy knows a little about this style.

The 89-year-young trainer, who has been conditioning horses since 1946, saddled Secret Memory for a victory recently at Gulfstream Park for his 6th win with his previous 10 starters.

Secret broke poorly in her debut but she put her head down and got up to win by three quarters of a length and the place horse was over 7 clear of the show horse.

Secret again she was not keen to break but she overcame online betting trouble to beat the 2-1 chalk by a neck.

Handy served in the Navy in World War 11 on the battleship U.S.S. Kidd and that vessel was in the middle of most of the heavy action in the Pacific.

He got out of the Navy as a young man and started his career training at Narragansett and Lincoln Downs. He has been racing in Florida for over 60 years and he is not just a consummate horseman, but a good guy too.

Years ago my brother helped him with his Social Security status and he rewarded my brother with a whisper at Monmouth Park that came right before one of his runners won and paid double digits.

He has been a fixture at that New Jersey venue for years and has won nearly 2500 races in his career.

Back in the day, Handy had some nice horses. He won the 1973 Arkansas Derby with Impecunious and that runner also was third to the late great Secretariat.

Always flashy, always a fan of speed, he used to drive an orange Mercedes but has moved to a red Mustang, Handy still gets up at 4:30 a.m. and works 7 days a week.

Some of his words of horse betting wisdom as reported in the DRF, Handy: “I holler at the help, and try to win races. But I’d like to be busier.”

And he still has his sense of humor. “I don’t feel 90, I feel 110.”

Handy does not saddle a lot of horses these days but won with his first 8 of 52 starters this year and that’s a solid 15%.

When looking at the Handy runners, don’t pay much attention to the speed of the workouts. He seldom asks for zip in the mornings but if one of his runners does flash speed, that’s a tip off that the runner is truly talented.

The trainer is excellent with second off the layoff runners and when he stretches a horse out form sprint to a route, double up.

Since he doesn’t have a ton of high caliber stock, concentrate on his maiden claimers. He can also keep a horse going once a runner gets good.

Last lastly, don’t be overly anxious to bet his debuters but after giving a horse the lay of the land and a race preferably over the current surface, those in the second start as a maiden are often very live.

If half of the sports betting battle is showing up, then Handy has the battle and the war beaten most of the time.

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