School's in session!
Tuesdays, 8:30pm ET.
Session 12: Jockeys, Agents, & Drivers
Session 11: Preakness Preview
Session 10: Psychology of the Horseplayer
Session 9: Kentucky Derby/Oaks Preview
Session 8: ADW and Online Wagering
Session 7: Trip Handicapping
Session 6: Handicapping Angles
Session 5: Class Handicapping
Session 4: Wagering Theories & Money Management
Session 3: Horseplaying A to Z
Session 2: Countdown to the Crown
Session 1: Intro to Night School
Night School Archives: 2011 | 2012
There's no one right way to play the races.
Every player has an angle, which means no one way is foolproof. But even as a casual player, you'll win more often if you know how to size up the horses.
We asked our Facebook fans: "If a friend who knows nothing about handicapping asked you for one key insight, what would it be?" They said:
Jockey & trainer: individual performance, performance together, or changes -- "At Turfway trainers are the key. Then I look at the class droppers and start positions. If I was going to bet from one thing on the program....trainer!!! They know the horses, jockeys, and track better then anyone." -- Michael
Consistency; for example, finishing in the money with maidens
"Horse for course"--proven record on the specific track
Distance specialist--proven at the distance
Drop in class; for example, from maiden special to maiden claiming
Beyer Speed Figure
Running style--"My handicapping has improved tremendously since I started paying attention to how many stalkers, closers, and front runners are in the race and how the pace is set to be affected by these." -- Robby
Want more? Check out Letter to a New Horse Player, Today's Racing Digest, and America's Best Racing.