Becoming Better Bettors

Becoming Better Bettors

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Most race fans think that in making a wise bet, a bettor should keep in mind the running styles of the horses. Well, it’s definitely right. But there’s more to mind of, actually. Favorites, trainers, track surface and the Preakness Stakes should be in your list. Aside from that, here’s a quick note of ways in becoming better bettors.

Figure out pedigree

I bet you heard about like mother, like daughter or like father, like son or any similar to these. The same goes with racehorses. All except three of the last 18 Belmont Stakes winners are by broodmare sires whose daughters bear stakes winners at 1 1/2 miles, or stallions who have previously sired a stakes winner at 1 1/2 miles.

Definitely, genetics can create the next top racehorse. There can be differences between one unraced horse and another. Yet, having an understanding of breeding is a good capability in making what that difference is likely to be. Knowing it can be a powerful predictor of what to be expected, not just only on a pony’s first start but also for a good time afterward.

Know about the jockey

Of course, horses don’t run alone. They are always accompanied by their jockey from the start to finish of the race. A lot of handicappers would have a rule of thumb in which jockeys who have at least 12% winning record, although it doesn’t show as high percentage, is someone to bet on.

Do an exotic wager

Try an exotic bet. Exotic bets started when there was one time in which there are only 35% of older bet types made, while 65% of new bets are made. This new kind of bets was a moniker, yet became most of the people’s choice.

So how exotic is an exotic bet? The idea is that a bettor will choose more than once on a single bet slip. A bettor tends to place wagers on more than one result, whether betting on the successive finishers of a single horse race or betting on the winners of more than one horse race.

It’s already daunting enough to pick one winner, so it’s like boiling the ocean when a bettor is going to pick three or four races or top finishers. You might think, this is being foolishly clairvoyant. Don’t be silly, you’re not gonna be if you’re a smartass.

If you bet in a complex manner, the chances are, you’ll receive much more handsome payoff. In fact, a few who have been winning Pick 6 wagers have disbursed in millions. Hence, payoffs are one of those prime sources of making real money. Other people think that you’re more likely not a professional if you’re just simply placing and showing bets.

Pakes makes the race

Read the race form carefully. It shows how horses performed in their previous races and what their ranks are at each beginning, middle and end, and other points in between stages of those races.

A few people think that a speed horse may be the best bet when the race has a lot of closers. The tendency is, by the time the closers are waiting to act their moves, the speed horses might already have made an unbeatable gap.

However, don’t focus on horses that rush to the front too much. It’s a common thought that speed horses will make themselves exhausted by the time they reach the stretch, so most of time those horses in the back may have an advantage.

Be profitably late

You might miss some scenarios, but being late would give an advantage. Most of the handicappers can’t wholly ascertain the value until it’s almost posted, literally like the final two minutes because the odds keep on changing constantly. A wise handicapper adjusts his/her betting strategy based on last minute-odds.

On the other hand, some handicappers like to be around 10 minutes in advance of the race in so that they can have a look at the horses as they appear out on the track. They usually take signs from the horses. For instance, having an arched neck is a good sign that the horse is ready to go, while foaming or sweating is a bad sign which can mean the horse is stressed.


Races like Belmont Stakes has very low-paying favorites. Thus, pick your targets meticulously. Essentially, there’s a higher chance of winning when you invest more in a race or in a horse that you really like.

Therefore, if you would like to become one of the best bettors for any horse racing competition you are looking forward to join, you may find additional tips and techniques in some websites like which will make your betting a piece of cake.

Tom Olliver

Tom Olliver Thomas “Tom” Olliver, finished second on Seventy Four in the 1839 Grand Liverpool Steeplechase, now considered the first official running of the Grand National. However, Oliver went on to ride in 19 Grand Nationals, including 17 in a row, between 1839 and 1859. In fact, Oliver held the record for the number of rides in the race until 2015.

Also known – politically incorrectly, by modern standards – as “Black Tom”, because of his swarthy complexion, Olliver was one of the most renowned professional jockeys of his day. He won the National three times, on Gay Lad in 1842, Vanguard in 1843 and Peter Simple in 1953.

In 1843, which was, coincidentally, the first year in which the Grand National became a handicap, Vanguard was carried out by none other than Peter Simple, but continued and eventually beat Nimrod by 3 lengths. Vanguard was given to Olliver, as a gift, by grateful owner Lord Chesterfield and when the horse died Olliver had his skin made into a horsehide sofa.

In 1953, Olliver told the owner of Peter Simple, Captain Joseph “Josey” Little, “sometimes he means it and I don’t; sometimes I means it and he don’t, but today we both mean it!” He was right, too, steering Peter Simple to a 4-length win over Miss Mowbray which, as a 15-year-old, made him by far the oldest horse ever to win the Grand National.

After victory on Peter Simple, Olliver declared,“I was born and bred hopelessly insolvent”; he was, in fact, the son of a Spanish smuggler but, off the course, was renowned for his generosity, not to mention his promiscuity, and was imprisoned more than once for indebtedness. A highly popular figure, all the same, Tom Olliver fully deserves his place in the Grand National Hall of Fame.

Mr. Frisk

Mr. Frisk Mr. Frisk may have been hard pressed to win the 1990 Grand National, eventually holding on by just three-quarters of a length from the luckless Durham Edition but, in so doing, set a record time that will never be beaten. At least, not unless Pegasus exists beyond the realms of Greek mythology and is fully effective over 4 miles 2 furlongs and 7 yards – the official distance of the Grand National since 2016 – on rain-softened ground.

Mr. Frisk clocked his record time, of 8 minutes 47.80 seconds, on going officially described as “firm” but, since 2012, the National Course has been routinely watered so that the going is never, nor will be again, faster than “good to soft”. So, even with the distance of the Grand National reduced by half a furlong, following a change to the position of the start, for safety purposes, in 2013, his triumph will almost certainly never be repeated. In fact, the fastest time since 1990 was the 8 minutes 56.80 seconds recorded by Many Clouds in 2015.

Owned by Lois Duffey, trained by Kim Bailey and ridden by Marcus Armytage – the last amateur rider to win the Grand National – Mr. Frisk chased the leaders for the first two-and-a-quarter-mile circuit and, having moved into second place at halfway, was left in front when erstwhile leader Uncle Merlin blundered and unseated his rider at Becher’s Brook second time around. Thereafter, he didn’t see another horse and, although closed down on the run-in, had just enough left in reserve to deny trainer Arthur Stephenson a National winner on his seventieth birthday. Rinus finish third, although 20 lengths behind the front pair.