Handicapping, in short, refers to analyzing the race to come up with best predicted outcome, or pick. There are many angles when it comes to picking a winner. Using some of the help from the professional handicappers below, you can determine your own angle on placing a bet. We offer our in house handicappers, Lucky Lou and Parlay Paul, while also offering picks from Bob Ehalt and Shawn Rychling.
Winners Weekly Blog
Winners Weekly Blog
- By Bob Ehalt Laurel Park may not have the national fame of its Maryland brethren, Pimlico. Having the Preakness, as Pimlico does every third Saturday in May, tends to build national visibility …Read More
- By Shawn Rychling Flip over the calendar to February and the first big snow of the season hits the New York area wiping out Thursday racing at Aqueduct. And since tracks are …Read More
- By Bob Ehalt A week after Arrogate proved he’s the world’s best horse, the 3-year-old division should come into a sharper focus this weekend. A trio of stakes spanning the length of …Read More
- By Shawn Rychling Here we are in late January and in a usual year we’d be bracing ourselves for another riveting weekend on the inner track at Aqueduct while just hoping and …Read More
- By Bob Ehalt There’s another week to go before we get Arrogate vs. California Chrome Round 2 for a $12 million purse in the inaugural Pegasus World Cup at Gulfstream Park. So …Read More
- Anonymous The weather looks to be trending a little colder this weekend, but it should be warm enough for NYRA to get a five-card weekend off without a hitch. That included a …Read More
- By Bob Ehalt As the racing world awaits the inaugural Pegasus World Cup on Jan. 28, there are some stakes this weekend that could put a spotlight on horses who might stars …Read More
- By Shawn Rychling In case you missed it, Thursday was the day that NYRA returned from a self-imposed 10-day Christmas break with a 9-race card over the inner track at Aqueduct. The …Read More
- By Bob Ehalt The holiday season is long underway. So instead of heading to the mall, why not give yourself a gift and take advantage of Winners’ 13 Days of Winning? The …Read More
- By Shawn Rychling Forget the snowflakes in the air or frigid temperatures; a sure sign of the coming winter is the opening of the inner dirt track which happens every year early …Read More
- Weekend focus turns to Gulfstream By Bob Ehalt While the curtain came down on the final Grade 1 stakes of the year in New York last weekend, it’s now showtime in Florida …Read More
Other Blog Posts
- It’s that time of the year when horse racing territories around the world send off the cream of their crops to compete in the annual Breeders’ Cup World Championships. Of course, every …Read More
- Now that the Breeders’ Cup“Win and You’re In” races are in the books, eighty-one horses have secured their spot in the Championship series in North America on November 4 and 5. Los …Read More
- A colorful opening day, fourteen Grade 1 stakes and a multitude of on-track entertainment – the last couple of weeks at Saratoga racecourse have been as spectacular as ever. Now that it’s …Read More
- On Saturday, May 7, Churchill Downs race track updated their racing inventory with another historic day of excitement, glamor, and high-stakes. An eager 167,227 racing fans – the second-biggest crowd of the …Read More
- Nyquist and Exaggerator's Triple Crown rivalry gave new meaning to the phrase "charge it to the dust and let the rain settle it." Well, the two Preakness Stakes 2016 contenders actually took …Read More
- The first two Triple Crown races have come and gone and brought with them a few memorable moments. There were incredible feats such as the thirteenth fastest Derby win; both races attracted …Read More
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Have no fear, our very own, “Lucky Lou” has provided several tips for beginning bettors. Use these tips to help you win big! Don’t be shy; we all need a few helpful hints every now and then. What kind of bettor will you be?
Tip #1 – Betting Angle: Lone Speed
Front runners win more than their share of races at good odds, especially if they can get a clear lead early in the race and make their rivals play catch up. When you look at the running lines in the racing program, try to find a horse that has an abundance of 1s and 2s in its running lines. If you can find only one horse in the race with this type of running lines, there is a good chance that horse will be the lone speed, which is one of the best angles in handicapping.
Tip #2 – Angle: First and Second Time Lasix
There is no question that many horses improve when given the legal medication Lasix for the first time. But horses also improve when getting Lasix for the second time – and at better odds. Bettors who believe only in the first-time Lasix angle often disregards horses that show improvement on first-time Lasix without winning. This results in better odds for those who are playing the lucrative second-time Lasix angle.
Tip #3 – Angle: Layoff Specialists
Horses that show the ability to win off a layoff of four weeks or more will often continue to win off the shelf throughout their careers – especially when teamed with a trainer who has won with the horse off a layoff in the past, and when showing quick workouts leading up to the race.
Tip #4 – Angle: Big Win
If a horse has come from just off the pace in their most recent race and then drawn away through the stretch to win by more than four lengths, they will often perform well in their next start, even when moving up in class at higher odds.
Tip #5 – Angle: Change in Running Style
When a horse who always runs from well back in the pack, as indicated by their running lines, suddenly flashes speed in a race, it can signal that the horse is ready to wake up and run a big race in one of their next few starts. Similarly, when a horse that always goes to the lead suddenly shows the ability to come from well off the pace – they too can be ready to wake up at a price.
Tip #6 – Angle: The Heart Factor
Always read the comment lines at the end of the running lines looking for comments that indicate a horse gave their best. Comments that include words such as “good try”, “gamely”,”game try”, “good effort” or “gave best” indicate that the horses is a courageous sort – and these types win more than their share of races. Horses with numerous comments like the above in the racing lines are among the best bets in racing.
Tip #7 – Angle: Trouble
The comment lines at the end of the running lines may also include trouble-related words such as “checked”, “steadied”, “lacked room” and “stumbled start”. These words indicate that the horse may have been prevented from winning due to some kind of bad luck or lack of running room. These horses should always be given a second look in their next start.
Tip #8 – Angle: Rider Switches
When a leading percentage trainer replaces a lower percentage jockey with a leading jockey, they are usually indicating that they are trying everything they can to win. Top riders often have their choice of the best horses and top trainers often have their choice of top riders. This makes for a powerful combination. Many trainers tend to win more often with certain jockeys – and those jockeys may not necessarily be among the leaders. Watch for hot jockey-trainer patterns.
Tip #9 – Angle: First Time Blinkers On or Off
When a horse gets the shades on for the first time they can improve dramatically – particularly if they are two or 3-year-olds who are still learning the horseracing game. Blinkers can shield a horse from distractions, keep them focused on running, and help them perform to the best of their ability. Blinkers off for the first time can help a nervous horse relax enough to give a top effort. Blinkers on or off can also stimulate a mental boost to a horse that has been showing little interest leading to a better effort.
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