The Basics Of Handicapping In A Paddock Room

By Jessica Kelly


Horse racing and other equestrian endeavors have been around for so long. This practice has become A sort of symbol of the state of wealth and economy for certain people. Just like all forms of gambling, there is an art to betting that can borderline on being a science. The best part is in analyzing situations and circumstances that may be favorable to a win.

Essentially handicapping is the act of trying to predict which horse is going to win. This is regardless of whether you are betting or not. Those who frequent the paddock room are either watching a race or observing one and seeing how the games go. While this may be confusing for beginners there is an addicting factor that handicapping gives race enthusiasts.

As a beginner there are always tips to help you out. The first thing to know, apart from how to bet, are the types of bets you can participate in. The most novice friendly would be the Show and Place type since they both are simple and a great way to ease in the practice of handicapping. Show bets only require two dollars and three horses that land first, second and third place.

Other betting types are for those who have grown accustomed to this form of gambling. These are characterized as riskier bets since an exact order is required. For and Exacta, you have the option of keying three horses for a certain position. A Trifecta, which is supposedly really difficult and expensive but if you do get the right ones, then you are one lucky person.

The hardest one feels more like you are betting in lottery. As much as you would like to be convinced on winning based on genius handicapping skills, you would need some psychic ability and incredible amount of luck on your side. The hardest type would be Pick six, since it would need you to have 6 consecutive wins for the whole day.

So that gamblers can keep track of the performance on the field, a publication is released in the morning and at night. This is called the Daily Racing Form or the DRF. A chart would make it easier for players to plot point and see a pattern according to technicalities that would cause a win or lose. These publications also provide articles and news about horse racing.

Things to consider are also any changes done with the jockey or rider and the trainer. Some enthusiasts may even largely consider the jockey when making their bets. It is very likely that the best jockeys also get the best mounts. But there also cases where the rider can ruin their chances of winning with a bad ride.

Yes, the race can be ruined entirely by a bad ride on the wrong mount. Another factor to consider is the race track and what it is made of. It can be turf, grass or dirt which affects how the horses run. Some are best at one track and bad at another. Knowing details like these are exactly what the charts from the DRF is for.

These details are exactly what the DRF is for. The whole thing looks like it can be compared to the stock market. But apart from all this mental hustle and bustle, ultimately this type of gambling has maintained is cultural and traditional relevance and is a great venue to take friends and family.




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