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Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Harness Racing Systems Can Improve Your Horse Racing Handicapping

Author: Bill Peterson

Using a harness racing handicapping and betting system in several ways. First of all, the old saying, "Those who fail to plan, plan to fail," is exactly on target. Think of the other things you do in life and how each and every one of those things has a method. Whether it is balancing a check book, driving a car, even something as simple as tying your shoes, each thing has a specific set of steps that when followed, results in success.

There are several aspects of betting on harness races for money that lend themselves very well to a system. First of all, there are factors in racing that each have their own importance. Things like post position, driver success reflected as a UDR (universal driver rating), and class of the race must be considered and compared.

Using a systematic approach makes sure no factor is left out of the final result and that each one receives the right amount of weight. When you're looking for a good bet, another consideration is which races to play and which races to pass. By evaluating a race using the same method each time, you assure yourself that you won't play a race one day that you would have passed over on another day. That is consistency, and as good harness horse race handicappers know, consistency is very important in Standardbred races.

The final thought on a good harness racing system is that it allows you to keep track of your progress and to know where you are in your quest for successful betting. Investing in races is no different than any other form of investing. You have to keep track of your money and manage it well. In other words, a systematic approach.

You may have been handicapping harness races for many years, but if you are just doing the same things over and over and still losing, that is financial suicide. The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over, but expecting different results. A good harness system, because it is predictable and measurable, allows you to not only keep track of your progress, but also to make small adjustments to suit your own style and changing conditions at the track.

The most consistent horse racing systems have to have the basics and a handicapper must understand the basics. I have been around horse racing for 50 years including as an owner. Without the basics the rest is not going to do any good. If you want to learn how a horse owner and insider handicaps a harness race just go to and get the truth.

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Bill Peterson is a former horse race owner and professional handicapper. He comes from a horse race handicapping family and as he puts it, "Horse Racing is in my blood." To see all Bill's horse racing material go to , Bill's handicapping store.

Pace Handicapping Harness Races

Author: Bill Peterson

Handicapping harness races using pace is a lot different than handicapping thoroughbred races using pace. Let me ask you this, "Are you trying to use pace to handicap harness races and if so, are you making any money?" While it makes sense to think that Standardbreds, because of their consistency, would be even more likely to conform to their own figures and racing styles, that isn't necessarily the case.

The problem of trying to determine where each horse will pace or trot is even more difficult on a half mile or five eighths mile track. With a few exceptions, such as a horse in the 1 post who loves to leave (get out first and stay in the lead) it is difficult to predict the actual order or position of the horse.

As anyone who handicaps harness races knows, the path that a horse spends most of the race in and the cover or lack of cover is very important and makes or breaks the horse. The problem isn't just the horse and where it might find itself as they all scramble for position at the beginning of the race, it is also the driver and where he or she might try to put the horse.

Let's look at a hypothetical situation to see just how complicated this is. First we will look at a one mile thoroughbred race. It can be around two turns or just one. It is fairly easy to see which horses have early speed and knowing that thoroughbreds are harder to control during a race, what you see is about what you get. A good jockey might be able to throttle back a little on a keen runner but basically, a thoroughbred gets out of the gate and takes the jockey for a ride.

So you determine which horse(s) will want the lead and which one(s) will be content to run off that pace set by the leaders. You determine the quarters of the race and figure where each runner will be. While a jockey may try to make his or her mount lay farther off the pace or get out quicker to challenge a leader, what you see is basically what you get.

A 90 pound jockey, perched with only his or her toes in the stirrups, just doesn't have that much control over a thousand pound thoroughbred. In other words, you determine pace in a thoroughbred race by looking at the horse, and then give a slight nod to the rider.

Pace handicapping a harness race is different because the larger driver, with feet braced in the stirrups of the bike, has much better control over an animal that is generally more tractable than a thoroughbred. Let's say our example is a one mile dash over a half mile track. The 1 has some early speed and we figure a first quarter in 30 flat. In this group it may put him in first position.

The 2 is a plodder and can't leave so it will get shuffled back but come with a rush at the end.

The 3 is good for about a 30 as well, so the question is, will the driver leave with it and try to take the lead in front of the 1 and if so, will the 1 come right back for the lead and thereby put the 3 in the garden spot?

But wait, before we figure that one out, the 4 has good early speed and we figure it for a 29.2 first quarter. Can it and will it leave and take the 1 spot? That depends upon whether the driver of the 3 decides to push for the lead or tries to tuck behind the 1 when the 2 drops back. We have only looked at 4 of the 8 horses and we already have too many possibilities to reasonable handicap and make assumptions about. So much of it depends upon how the race shapes up at the start and how each driver manages his or her pacer.

Therefore, unless the 1 has blinding early speed and will definitely leave and keep the lead, it is very hard to apply pace handicapping and position handicapping to a harness race.
The most consistent horse racing systems have to have the basics and a handicapper must understand the basics. I have been around horse racing for 50 years including as an owner. Without the basics the rest is not going to do any good. If you want to learn how a horse owner and insider handicaps just go to and get the truth.

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Are Harness Races Easier to Make Money On Than Thoroughbred Races?

Author: Eb Netr

Maybe you're tired of all the information you have to sift through to handicap Thoroughbreds. Maybe you're getting stale at handicapping the greyhounds and would like to try something a little different.

If harness racing has caught your interest, you're not alone. While interest in greyhound and thoroughbred racing is declining, harness tracks are attracting a bigger crowd than they have in years.

Whether you go to the fairs or OTB or even one of the big New York tracks, harness racing can give you a big bang for your buck. Maybe it's because the horses are tougher and more consistent than the high-strung Kentucky Derby breed.

Maybe it's because they're able to run in all kinds of weather for up to 10 years without breaking down or suffering the health problems some other breeds do. After all, standardbreds have been pulling wagons and carriages and even carrying riders for hundreds of years throughout the US.

Or maybe it's because their drivers are a different breed from jockeys. They're much more likely to own and train their own horses, which gives them a bigger stake in winning. When you have to pay for feed and a stall for your horse, you have a real incentive to drive as well as you can.

Many people have noticed that harness races seem to turn out the way it seems like they should. In other words, favorites win a lot at the harness races. This makes it a little harder to make money in one way, but easier in another.

While favorites at the harness track might not usually pay as much as they do at the thoroughbred track, because they come in a lot, it might be easier to handicap the harness races.

No matter how much the winner pays, if you don't pick it, it doesn't pay YOU anything. So, if you'd like to try your hand at picking some winners at the harness track, either with a free harness handicapping system or your own ideas, give it a whirl. What do you have to lose?

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Balmoral Park, Harness Racing, And Horse Race Betting

Author: Kimshean

Famous for its harness racing, Balmoral Park can be found in Crete, Illinois. All year round, persons from different parts of the world who love harness racing troop to the Balmoral Park. In fact, other people take their families with them.

Besides viewing harness racing, some people also love to bet. While watching the race, some people place bets either as a hobby or as another income source. Indeed, some people have been able to successfully turn their horse race betting into another way to earn money. But before you venture into horse race betting, you must take note of the following important reminders.

First of all, you surely must know something with regards to harness racing. Remember that there is a specific lingo used in harness racing and you must learn all about this. For instance, when you hear the term first-over, this means the first horse to move up on the outside in order to gain a lead over the leader of the race. And the term home stretch is used to mean the straight length of the track nearest the spectators where you will find the finish line.

Many different terms are used in harness racing and you have to remember that the meanings of these terms may not always be the same as in layman's terms. Therefore, you must need to know the meanings of these terms in order to understand what is happening in the race.

First, you have to do your homework if you want to place a bet and would definitely want to win. On the other hand, some people choose the horses that they will bet on simply by going with their intuition. I actually know someone who places his bets based on what number he picks out of hat. Mind you, his strategy has given him some wins, too. Well, you can copy his method or you can choose to identify the horse to bet on in a more serious manner.

Handicapping is the term used to mean becoming familiar with reading the racing program. At first, handicapping can be difficult especially to beginners in harness racing and betting. But once you get to comprehend the racing program, you will definitely get the hang of interpreting it.

In the racing program, you will find information regarding the horses in the race with regards to their past performances. The racing program has the following information: where the horses raced, the times for each, how they finished, and the jockeys. You may get confused with the numbers and symbols in the racing program so you must really read the page regarding how the program is read. Once you understand the racing program, you can now analyze the information to know which horse is most likely to win so that you could place your bet.

Another approach to choose which horse to bet on is by identifying the favorites. A favorite is the horse on which the crowd bets the most money on. Remember that favorites win once in every three races. You can either follow this method or study and analyze the racing program yourself. Just always remember to have fun whenever you go to Balmoral Park.

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Win at the Horse Races Using the Elimination System to Turn Losers Into Winners

Author: Bill Peterson

The secret to making a profit betting on horses is to make more good bets than bad bets. While that may seem ridiculously simple, it is also the key to making money, and therefore, very important to fully understand.

Here is what I mean. Let's say you make fifty $20 bets in one week. It doesn't matter if we are talking about exotics or win bets. You win 20% of those bets, but lose $100 over the course of the week. You are left with $900. How can you turn it around and make a profit the next week?

One way is to eliminate bets that you made on races that had too many variables, or unknowns. I am talking about horses that are shipping, horses coming back from a layoff, or other situations where you are scratching your head and trying to figure out how to handle the horse. Here is what I recommend, turn the page.

Just pass on the whole race and move on until you find one that has horses who have races over the track and at the distance and who have raced recently. All those variables are what will get you time after time. The beauty of this method is that as you get used to using it, you can scan races and quickly decide if they are worth a closer look and in depth handicapping.

That means that by eliminating the losers you will be saving yourself time which can be spent at the track enjoying yourself. It also means you can make more money. In the example given above, you lost 10% of your bankroll. Perhaps ten of those fifty races that you played had so many variables and unknowns that they could have been spotted as unplayable races and passed over.

If you could have eliminated just ten races that you wasted $20 per race on, that is $200. So instead of playing fifty races, you would have played forty races and spent $800 instead of $1,000. But you would have still had the same number of winners and collected the same amount so your $100 loss would become a $100 profit. You would have also saved time and suffered much less stress.

There are some races that just can't be figured and those races should be eliminated, passed over. You can scan any racing program and spot a few of these by finding the horses who present too many questions and leave you scratching your head. Just say "no" to bad races and turn your losers into winners.

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The most consistent horse racing systems have to have the basics and a handicapper must understand the basics. I have been around horse racing for 50 years including as an owner. Without the basics the rest is not going to do any good. If you want to learn how a horse owner and insider handicaps just go to and get the truth.

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