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Are you tired of losing at the horse races, day after day?Â I don’t blame you, losing at the races despite your best efforts can get very frustrating, not to mention expensive.Â No one can guarantee to make you a winner, but if you are making one of these obvious mistakes, then just avoiding the mistake may save you from losing.
To figure out how not to lose, you must first have an idea of what it takes to win at the races.Â What is the single biggest obstacle to winning at the horse races?Â I think it is the vig.Â That is the amount the track takes out of the pool before the winners are paid off.Â It is about 20% at most tracks if you figure in breakage.Â That is an incredible nut to crack.
You not only have to beat the other horse players, but you also have to pay a fifth of all money just for the privilege.Â Look at it this way, what if there were four people playing the horses and they decided to just bet amongst them selves.Â They each pick a horse and the winner gets to keep the whole pot.Â Sounds like a pretty good deal, doesn’t it?Â Do you think you could win that game?
But let’s say that before you started playing another guy came along and told you he wanted 20% of the pot but he would hold the money for you while the race was run.Â You’d probably have a good laugh and tell him to get lost.Â Imagine that, getting all that money just for holding yours?Â Did I forget to tell you his name?Â It is Mr. Track.Â To avoid losing, or to minimize your losses, find out what the vig is at there various tracks available to you and play the one with the lowest vig.
Another good tip is to avoid races with lots of horses who have never done what is being asked of them.Â For instance, if it is a turf race but half the horses in the race have never raced on the grass, don’t play it.Â How in the world do you ever think you’ll really be able to handicap it?Â You’re just gambling for the thrill of it if you bet that race and thrill gambling is the way you lose money.
The third situation to avoid is playing every race.Â Slow down, handicap, and pick your best spots.Â Just as there are races with too many horses who have never proven what they can or can’t do on turf or at the distance, there are some races that are too tough or have such a short priced favorite, it isn’t profitable to bet the race.Â Sitting out races will improve your game in the long run.
If you want to learn how a horse owner and insider handicaps just go to http://williewins.homestead.com/truecb.html and get the truth. Bill Peterson is a former horse race owner and professional handicapper. To see all Bill’s horse racing material go to Horse Racing Handicapping, Bill’s handicapping store.