Newcomer’s Section

This area is for player’s who are new to horse racing and need some information on how to proceed.  Read through the different Newcomer’s articles that are listed under this section…  You will find it helpful…


Take your time to learn, it’s not an overnight type of deal, but a slower simmer.  As the ideas start to come together, you will be finding it more and more enjoyable, not just the cashing, but the reasoning and knowing you are getting better at this game…Two more things to remember, this game is not one that’s played in shorts, but rather in durable long pants.  And I will say this now and a thousand more times to you, we avoid favorites and take advantage of longer priced horses… Price is your best friend in this great game of horse racing!  (below is the first set of ideas to consider)

Heads up for Newcomers #1!

Lately, I have had some request from newcomer’s to horse racing.  Usually, I leave the handicapping to my customer’s assuming they are seasoned handicapper’s.  So for the next week, I will be talking to those of you who are new to our great sport.  First let me say Thank You and secondly, let me assure you — that you are in the right place!

The number’s on the Power Page are Speed Figures that represent “current form” – we call these Projected Power Numbers or PPN’s.  This means that horses who have not raced for 45 days or more, are not showing “current form”, and therefore they are downgraded.

The reason for this, in my professional career, I have not found a better baseline to begin the handicapping – then this understanding of “current form”.  So what does this mean to you the new player —  when looking at the Power Page, you can assume that any horse in the top 3 or even more, if they are closely bunched in the ratings, to “have a shot”!

So if you take any well rated horse, who has a fair or long price attached to it, you are at the beginning of making a handicapping decision that will — over time – potentially give you a decent set of results.  Now if you can take that well rated horse, with a good price and add in another handicapping idea, you are starting to dig in a little deeper…  Here is a basic list of ideas that you can start to cross index against your live horses with a good price…

  1. Top Trainer/Poor Trainer
  2. Total Money won by the horse
  3. Best Back Class
  4. Resent change in trainer
  5. Equipment change Blinker’s on/off, 1st time Gelding, 1st time lasix,
  6. change in racing surface

As a new player you have a long way to go, but it should be fun and frustrating and very satisfying as well…  And remember, a good win bet is a good place to start and as anyone know, there is no reason to ever bet a favorite to win, but they are useful in the exotics.

Good luck and check back tomorrow for the next in this series….oh yeah, read on down below and begin to learn about bias and more…

Bias report for Friday…

Aqueduct: Closers were running up the score on Friday, but there were several solid efforts by early speed types as well… Inside and Outside were well represented as well–  for me it was a HONEST racetrack.

Santa Anita: Ditto — HONEST as they could be.