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The Beauty of Parimutuel Betting

American Pharoah The Beauty of Parimutuel Betting
When you bet on a horse through any type of wager and it wins, your profits come from the losing horseplayers who bet on other horses in the same race. That’s the beauty of parimutuel wagering. Horseplayers are betting among and against each other. If you’re smarter than the other people betting, you can win their money. And, as many experienced players will tell you, it doesn’t take that much extra knowledge to be a better player in terms of beating the other bettors.

Like Poker… only better…
Another way to look at parimutuel wagering is compare it to the game of poker… even though with Poker you’re depending on the “luck of the draw” as much as your player skills. In poker, you’re betting against every other player at the card table. The theory is the same in horse racing. You’re betting against all the other horseplayers in the parimutuel pool.

When you play poker in a friendly club or in an online casino card game, the house extracts a percentage… or a “rake“… of the ante (the stake each player puts in the pot) for itself. In horse racing, the equivalent is the takeout.

After the rake is taken out in poker, and if you like the cards you hold in your hand, you bet and raise. Similarly, in horse racing, when you think the race has value, you bet into it. The poker game continues until the player with the best hand wins. The same goes in racing… if you bet the best horse or horses… and they run the best… you win.

The essence of playing poker and betting on horse racing is the same… you bet against all the other players. If you’re smarter than the other players… you should make money regardless of how much the house deducts from the antes, or how much the racetrack takeout is.

Track takeout is an overrated concern.
The parimutuel system puts a tax on wagering called the takeout. Track takeout provides the revenues for the horse racing business to pay its bills. The racetrack has to pay for such typical business expenses as overhead costs, the costs of maintaining the racetrack and all of its property, employee wages, plus… and most importantly… purse money (the prize money the horses’ owners try to win in each race).

Due to the fact horse owners need to win enough money to pay their bills, they want to run at racetracks that offer the best purses. In applying the system of supply and demand to horse racing… the bigger the purses, the better the quality and quantity of horses that run at that track. This is simply one of the undeniable, basic realities of the horse racing business that shapes the game.

In addition to the racetracks and horse owners, the government… local, state, and federal… profits from parimutuel wagering. Depending on the jurisdiction, the government receives a share of the takeout. Overall, the parimutuel wagering system takes care of all parties’ needs and it contributes to the sport’s and industry’s ability to perpetuate itself.

As a player, getting overly concerned with the amount of takeout you’re being taxed with at a track; especially to the point where it starts dictating what tracks you’re going to play, and where you’re going to bet, is a mistake. Picking a track to play because it has a 1% lower takeout is more than a little bit silly. Play the tracks you’re best at handicapping and betting. Skip the drama of worrying about takeouts.

The benefits of parimutuel betting…
A successful horse player must acquire two types of skills to win money… (1) handicapping and (2) betting. If forced to choose between which skill you’d be best off possessing and refining… it’s probably betting.

Lots of handicappers can analyze and evaluate a horse race with keen, effective insight. But, they fail to construct bets that will make them money. On the other hand, lots of horse players can take good handicapping information from
other available resources… like this website and its free picks… and conservatively put together bets that give them a strong chance of winning money.

Parimutuel betting is both attractive and beneficial, because you can win even if you’re a good… but not a great handicapper. If you know and apply one of the keys to succeeding in the parimutuel wagering system… which is looking for overlays (meaning horses going off at higher odds than their actual chance of winning)… and you know how to bet to make money, you can rely on a number of readily available resources to find good handicapping information. So, in the end… you should win more often than you lose.

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Jockey’s View of a Horse Race

Vicki Baze Turf Paradise Jockey Jockeys View of a Horse Race

Jockey Vicki Baze is known for her love and respect of the horses she rides.


Ever wonder what it’s like to sit atop and ride a champion thoroughbred race horse? What kind of interaction does a jockey have with a horse during a race? What does a jockey do to help an incredible equine athlete perform and win? Well, thanks to EquiSight, and one of their GoPro cameras, and a very cool video you can get answers to these questions and experience this amazing thrill from a jockey’s exact view.

At a recent running of the Arizona Breeders Festival Stakes Race at the Turf Paradise Racecourse just outside Phoenix and Scottsdale, jockey Vicki Baze rides her mount, One Call, in winning a contest her horse runs first, wire-to-wire. It’s Vicki’s view as a jockey that makes this ride an unforgettable experience. And, you may find it interesting how she talks and coaches her horse to a winning performance. It’s a visual and sensory “inside” experience that captures the true excitement of the sport of horse racing… hold on tight while you watch.

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Turf Paradise in Phoenix, Arizona

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Exciting horse racing at Turf Paradise is a popular attraction for Arizona residents as well as visiting “snowbirds” on winter vacations in the warm Sonoran desert.


Turf Paradise Race Track – Hot horse racing action in the Arizona desert’s green turf oasis…

1501 W. Bell Rd.Phoenix, Arizona 85023
Racing Dates: 10/05/13-5/05/14
Address: 1501 W. Bell Rd., Phoenix, AZ 85023
Website: Turf Paradise
Free Video Coverage: Live Racing and Video Replays

Sitting just 14 miles north of downtown Phoenix and looking east to Scottsdale’s McDowell Mountains, Turf Paradise Race Track offers some of the best turf horse racing there is in the Desert West. The season runs from early October until early May, with live horse racing scheduled Friday-Tuesday. Turf Paradise Race Track offers both thoroughbred and quarter horse racing. The $75,000 Phoenix Gold Cup, taking place the third Saturday of February, represents the biggest stakes race for the former, and the $65,000 Bank of America Challenge Championship, staged the third Sunday of October, offers the biggest prize for the latter.

To experience all that the Turf Paradise Race Track has to offer check out Turf Paradise’s Live Racing Video Stream… or their “Ride The Excitement” video below. Bet on horse racing at Turf Paradise and more than 60 other top tracks by visiting HorsePlayUSA’s recommended Racebook… where any person over 18 can legally and safely bet no matter where you live.

Turf Paradise Race Track History

Turf Paradise Race Track history dates back to 1954, when local businessman Walter Cluer acquired the 1,400 acres of land on which he would build the track. Although the still-developing infrastructure outside of Phoenix led many to doubt whether Turf Paradise could be successful, Arizona’s first parimutuel horse racing track opened on January 7, 1956 with the seats and standing-room areas packed.

Cluer’s ownership lasted 25 years, and Herb Owens set about upgrading the facilities after he purchased the venue in 1980. Under his owenrship. the track saw the enlargement of the Clubhouse and the addition the Turf Club and an outdoor patio. Robert Walker bought Turf Paradise in 1989 and helped create a network of off-track horse race betting facilities throughout the state where live horse racing from Turf Paradise could be broadcast. After a brief period of corporate ownership, Jerry Sims bought the venue in 2003. His upgrades include a 30-ft x 60-ft equine pool for horse training and therapy and 90-foot marquees to greet visitors at both Turf Paradise entrances.

Turf Paradise Track Details
Turf Paradise features a beautifully-maintained 7-furlong turf track with a 1 1/8-mile chute.

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Upcoming Fall Graded Stakes Races

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2014 Graded Stakes Horse Racing Schedule: Bet on some of the best horses in North America in these graded stakes horse races. The Players Club at HorsePlayUSA provides the best online horse betting platform so you can bet on horses at over 70 horse racetracks including Churchill Downs, Belmont Park, Santa Anita, Gulfstream Park and many others. Get ready for an exciting Fall 2014 and place your horse bets with confidence!

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October
Oct. 30

Santa Anita Park: Big Bear S, $75,000a, 3&up, 8f.
Oct. 31

Churchill Downs: Dream Supreme S, #$58,000a, 3&up f/m, 6f.
Delta Downs Race Track: Magnolia S, $100,000g, 3&up f/m, 8f.
Santa Anita Park: Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile (gr. I), $1,000,000g, 3&up, 8f.
Santa Anita Park: Breeders’ Cup Distaff (gr. I), $2,000,000g, 3&up f/m, 9f.
Santa Anita Park: Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf (gr. I), $1,000,000g, 2yo f, 8f.
Santa Anita Park: Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf (gr. I), $1,000,000g, 2yo c/g, 8f.
Santa Anita Park: Damascus S, $100,000g, 3&up, 7f.
Santa Anita Park: Golden State Juvenile Fillies, $200,000g, 2yo f, 7f.
Santa Anita Park: Las Vegas Marathon (gr. II), $200,000g, 3&up, 14f.
Santa Anita Park: Twilight Derby (gr. II), $200,000g, 3yo, 9f.
The Meadowlands: Gray Ghost Starter, $25,000g, 3&up, 8.5f.
November
Nov. 1

Aqueduct: Discovery H (gr. III), $200,000g, 3yo, 9f.
Churchill Downs: Bet On Sunshine S, #$58,000a, 3&up, 6f.
Churchill Downs: Chilukki S (gr. II), $200,000a, 3&up f/m, 8f.
Delta Downs Race Track: Gold Cup, $100,000g, 3&up, 8f.
Finger Lakes: Shesastonecoldfox S, $50,000g, 2yo f, 6f.
Finger Lakes: Tin Cup Chalice S, $50,000g, 2yo c/g, 6f.
Gulfstream Park West: Sky Beauty S, #$90,000g, 3&up f/m, 6f.
Gulfstream Park West: Sparkler S, #$90,000g, 3&up f/m, 5f.
Indiana Grand Race Course: Frances Slocum S, $150,000g, 3&up f/m, 8.5f.
Indiana Grand Race Course: Indiana Futurity, $85,000a, 2yo, 8.32f.
Indiana Grand Race Course: Miss Indiana S, $85,000a, 2yo f, 8.32f.
Indiana Grand Race Course: Too Much Coffee S, $150,000g, 3&up, 8.5f.
Japan Racing Association: Artemis S, $504,000a, 2yo f, 8f.
Japan Racing Association: Swan S (Jpn-II), $998,000a, 3&up, 7f.
Montpelier: Noel Laing Steeplechase S, $45,000g, 4&up, 20f.
Mountaineer Casino Racetrack & Resort: Mountaineer Mile S, $130,000g, 3&up, 8f.
Pine Mountain: Aflac Supreme Hurdle, $50,000g, 4&up, 18f.
Pine Mountain: Crown Royal Steeplechase S, $50,000g, 3&up f/m, 18f.
Santa Anita Park: Breeders’ Cup Classic (gr. I), $5,000,000g, 3&up, 10f.
Santa Anita Park: Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint (gr. I), $1,000,000g, 3&up f/m, 7f.
Santa Anita Park: Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf (gr. I), $2,000,000g, 3&up f/m, 10f.
Santa Anita Park: Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (gr. I), $2,000,000g, 2yo c/g, 8.5f.
Santa Anita Park: Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I), $2,000,000g, 2yo f, 8.5f.
Santa Anita Park: Breeders’ Cup Mile (gr. I), $2,000,000g, 3&up, 8f.
Santa Anita Park: Breeders’ Cup Sprint (gr. I), $1,500,000g, 3&up, 6f.
Santa Anita Park: Breeders’ Cup Turf (gr. I), $3,000,000g, 3&up, 12f.
Santa Anita Park: Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint (gr. I), $1,000,000g, 3&up, abt 6.5f.
Santa Anita Park: Golden State Juvenile, $200,000g, 2yo, 7f.
Santa Anita Park: Juvenile Turf Sprint S, $100,000g, 2yo, abt 6.5f.
Santa Anita Park: Senator Ken Maddy S presented by City of Hope (gr. III), $100,000g, 3&up f/m, abt 6.5f.
ThistleDown Racino: Emerald Necklace S, $50,000g, 2yo f, 6f.
Woodbine: Display S, $125,000g, 2yo, 8.5f.
Woodbine: Maple Leaf S (Can-III), $150,000g, 3&up f/m, 10f.
Nov. 2

Aqueduct: Nashua S (gr. II), $250,000g, 2yo, 8f.
Aqueduct: Tempted S (gr. III), $250,000g, 2yo f, 8f.
Japan Racing Association: Tenno Sho Autumn (Jpn-I), $2,392,000a, 3&up, 10f.
Portland Meadows: Mt. Hood H, $20,000g, 3&up, 6f.
Portland Meadows: Mt. St. Helens, $20,000g, 3&up f/m, 6f.
Portland Meadows: Willamette River S, $20,000g, 2yo, 5.5f.
Santa Anita Park: Goldikova S (gr. II), $200,000g, 3&up f/m, 8f.
Turf Paradise: A.T.B.A. Fall Sales S, $35,000a, 2yo c/g, 6f.
Turf Paradise: A.T.B.A. Fall Sales S, $35,000a, 2yo f, 6f.
Unionville: Pennsylvania Hunt Cup, $35,000g, 5&up, 32f.
Woodbine: Princess Elizabeth S, $250,000g, 2yo f, 8.5f.
Nov. 3

Zia Park Race Track: Veterans S, $55,000g, 3&up, 8.5f.
Nov. 7

Del Mar: Kathryn Crosby S, $75,000a, 3&up f/m, 8f.
Remington Park: Clever Trevor S, $100,000g, 2yo, 7f.
Nov. 8

Aqueduct: Long Island H (gr. III), $200,000g, 3&up f/m, 12f.
Churchill Downs: River City H (gr. III), $100,000a, 3&up, 9f.
Del Mar: Let It Ride S, $75,000a, 3yo, 8f.
Golden Gate Fields: Golden Nugget, $50,000a, 2yo, 6f.
Gulfstream Park West: Juvenile Filly Sprint, $100,000g, 2yo f, 6.5f.
Gulfstream Park West: Juvenile Filly Turf, $100,000g, 2yo f, 8f.
Gulfstream Park West: Juvenile Sprint, $100,000g, 2yo, 6.5f.
Gulfstream Park West: Juvenile Turf, $100,000g, 2yo, 8f.
Gulfstream Park West: Millions Classic Preview, $100,000g, 3&up, 8.5f.
Gulfstream Park West: Millions Distaff Preview, $100,000g, 3&up f/m, 8f.
Gulfstream Park West: Millions Filly & Mare Turf Preview, $100,000g, 3&up f/m, 8.5f.
Gulfstream Park West: Millions Turf Preview, $100,000g, 3&up, 8.5f.
Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races: Tri-State Futurity, $100,000a, 2yo, 7f.
Japan Racing Association: Fantasy S (Jpn-III), $504,000a, 2yo f, 7f.
Japan Racing Association: Keio Hai Nisai S (Jpn-II), $647,000a, 2yo, 7f.
Remington Park: Lady Razorback Futurity, $50,000g, 2yo f, 6f.
Remington Park: Razorback Futurity, $50,000g, 2yo c/g, 6f.
ThistleDown Racino: Cardinal H, $50,000g, 3&up, 6f.
Turf Paradise: Chandler S, $35,000g, 3yo f, 8f.
Turf Paradise: Jeff and Jack Coady Sr. S, $35,000g, 3yo, 8f.
Woodbine: Frost King S, $125,000g, 2yo, 7f.
Woodbine: Jammed Lovely S, $150,000g, 3yo f, 7f.
Nov. 9

Del Mar: Betty Grable S, $100,000g, 3&up f/m, 7f.
Japan Racing Association: Copa Republica Argentina (Jpn-II), $998,000a, 3&up, 12.5f.
Japan Racing Association: Miyako S (Jpn-III), $634,000a, 3&up, 9f.
Woodbine: Autumn S (Can-II), $200,000g, 3&up, 8.5f.
Nov. 11

Mountaineer Casino Racetrack & Resort: Sophomore Sprint Championship S, $85,000g, 3yo, 6f.
Zia Park Race Track: Lea County Sprint, $55,000g, 3&up, 5.5f.
Nov. 15

Aqueduct: Red Smith H (gr. III), $250,000g, 3&up, 11f.
Camden: Colonial Cup Steeplechase H (gr. I), $100,000g, 4&up, 22f.
Camden: Raymond G. Woolfe Memorial Hurdle, $25,000g, 3yo, 16f.
Churchill Downs: Commonwealth Turf (gr. III), $100,000a, 3yo, 8.5f.
Churchill Downs: Mrs. Revere S (gr. II), $200,000a, 3yo f, 8.5f.
Del Mar: Bob Hope S (gr. III), $100,000g, 2yo, 7f.
Golden Gate Fields: Oakland, $50,000a, 3&up, 6f.
Gulfstream Park West: Kenny Noe Jr. H, $75,000g, 3&up, 6f.
Hawthorne Race Course Inc.: Buck’s Boy H, $75,000a, 3&up, 8.5f.
Hawthorne Race Course Inc.: Illini Princess H, $75,000a, 3&up f/m, 8.5f.
Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races: My Sister Pearl S, $50,000a, 3&up f/m, 9f.
Japan Racing Association: Daily Hai Nisai S (Jpn-II), $647,000a, 2yo, 8f.
Japan Racing Association: Musashino S (Jpn-III), $634,000a, 3&up, 8f.
Laurel Park: City of Laurel S, $100,000g, 3yo, 7f.
Laurel Park: Frank J. De Francis Memorial Dash, $350,000g, 3&up, 6f.
Laurel Park: James F. Lewis III S, $100,000g, 2yo, 6f.
Laurel Park: Richard W. Small S, $100,000g, 3&up, 9f.
Laurel Park: Safely Kept S, $100,000g, 3yo f, 7f.
Laurel Park: Smart Halo S, $100,000g, 2yo f, 6f.
Retama Park Association: Darby’s Daughter Texas Stallion S, $75,000g, 2yo f, 6f.
Retama Park Association: My Dandy Texas Stallion S, $75,000g, 2yo c/g, 6f.
ThistleDown Racino: Ohio Debutante H, $50,000g, 3&up f/m, 8.5f.
Turf Paradise: Caballos Del Sol S, $35,000g, 3&up, 6f.
Turf Paradise: City of Phoenix S, $35,000g, 3&up f/m, 6f.
Woodbine: South Ocean S, $125,000g, 2yo f, 8.5f.
Nov. 16

Aqueduct: Key Cents S, $100,000g, 2yo f, 6f.
Aqueduct: Notebook S, $100,000g, 2yo, 6f.
Del Mar: Desi Arnaz S, $100,000g, 2yo f, 7f.
Japan Racing Association: Fukushima Kinen (Jpn-III), $723,000a, 3&up, 10f.
Japan Racing Association: Queen Elizabeth II Cup (Jpn-I), $1,638,000a, 3&up f/m, 11f.
Parx Racing: South Carolina Residence, $55,000g, 2yo c/g, 6.5f.
Parx Racing: South Carolina Residence, $55,000e, 2yo f, 6.5f.
Woodbine: Bessarabian S (Can-II), $200,000g, 3&up f/m, 7f.
Nov. 21

Remington Park: Silver Goblin S, $50,000g, 3&up, 6.5f.
Nov. 22

Aqueduct: New York Stallion Series (Staten Island Div.), $125,000g, 3&up f/m, 7f.
Aqueduct: New York Stallion Series (Thunder Rumble Div.), $125,000g, 3&up, 7f.
Churchill Downs: Cardinal H (gr. III), $100,000a, 3&up f/m, 9f.
Del Mar: Red Carpet H (gr. III), $100,000g, 3&up f/m, 11f.
Delta Downs Race Track: Delta Downs Jackpot S (gr. III), $1,000,000g, 2yo, 8.5f.
Delta Downs Race Track: Delta Downs Princess (gr. III), $400,000g, 2yo f, 8f.
Delta Downs Race Track: Delta Mile S, $250,000g, 3&up, 8f.
Delta Downs Race Track: Louisiana Jewel, $150,000g, 2yo f, 8f.
Delta Downs Race Track: Louisiana Legacy, $150,000g, 2yo c/g, 8f.
Delta Downs Race Track: Orleans, $75,000g, 3yo f, 7f.
Delta Downs Race Track: Sam’s Town, $75,000g, 3yo, 7f.
Delta Downs Race Track: Treasure Chest, $200,000g, 3&up f/m, 8f.
Gulfstream Park West: My Charmer H (gr. III), $100,000g, 3&up f/m, 9f.
Gulfstream Park West: Tropical Turf H (gr. III), $100,000g, 3&up, 9f.
Hawthorne Race Course Inc.: Showtime Deb S, $75,000a, 2yo f, 6f.
Hawthorne Race Course Inc.: Sun Power S, $75,000a, 2yo c/g, 6f.
Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races: A Huevo S, $50,000a, 3&up, 9f.
Woodbine: Glorious Song S, $125,000g, 2yo f, 7f.
Nov. 23

Del Mar: Cary Grant S, $100,000g, 3&up, 7f.
Japan Racing Association: Mile Championship (Jpn-I), $1,809,000a, 3&up, 8f.
Portland Meadows: Stallion S, $21,000g, 3yo, 6f.
Woodbine: Kennedy Road S (Can-II), $200,000g, 3&up, 6f.
Nov. 24

Japan Racing Association: Tokyo Sports Hai Nisai S (Jpn-III), $580,000a, 2yo, 9f.
Nov. 26

Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course: Blue Mountain S, $75,000g, 2yo f, 6f.
Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course: Fabulous Strike H, $200,000g, 3&up, 6f.
Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course: Swatara, $100,000g, 3&up, 8.5f.
Zia Park Race Track: Eddy County S, $140,000a, 2yo, 8f.
Zia Park Race Track: Zia Park Championship , $150,000a, 3&up, 9f.
Zia Park Race Track: Zia Park Derby, $200,000a, 3yo, 8.5f.
Zia Park Race Track: Zia Park Distaff S, $75,000a, 3&up f/m, 6f.
Zia Park Race Track: Zia Park Oaks, $300,000a, 3yo f, 8.5f.
Nov. 27

Aqueduct: Fall Highweight H (gr. III), $300,000g, 3&up, 6f.
Churchill Downs: Falls City H (gr. II), $200,000a, 3&up f/m, 9f.
Del Mar: Hollywood Turf Cup (gr. II), $250,000g, 3&up, 12f.
Fair Grounds: Thanksgiving H, $60,000g, 3&up, 6f.
Nov. 28

Aqueduct: Go for Wand H (gr. III), $300,000g, 3&up f/m, 8f.
Churchill Downs: Clark H (gr. I), $500,000a, 3&up, 9f.
Del Mar: Seabiscuit H (gr. II), $250,000g, 3&up, 8.5f.
Remington Park: Oklahoma Stallion S, $50,000e, 2yo, 6f.
Remington Park: Oklahoma Stallion S, $50,000e, 2yo f, 6f.
Nov. 29

Aqueduct: Cigar Mile H (gr. I), $500,000g, 3&up, 8f.
Aqueduct: Comely S (gr. III), $400,000g, 3yo f, 9f.
Aqueduct: Demoiselle S (gr. II), $400,000g, 2yo f, 9f.
Aqueduct: Remsen S (gr. II), $400,000g, 2yo, 9f.
Churchill Downs: Golden Rod S (gr. II), $200,000a, 2yo f, 8.5f.
Churchill Downs: Kentucky Jockey Club S (gr. II), $200,000a, 2yo, 8.5f.
Del Mar: Hollywood Derby (gr. I), $300,000g, 3yo, 9f.
Del Mar: Jimmy Durante S (gr. III), $150,000g, 2yo f, 8f.
Del Mar: Native Diver H (gr. III), $200,000g, 3&up, 9f.
Golden Gate Fields: Golden Gate Debutante, $50,000a, 2yo f, 6f.
Gulfstream Park West: Buffalo Man S, $75,000g, 2yo, 6f.
Gulfstream Park West: House Party S, $75,000g, 2yo f, 6f.
Gulfstream Park West: Hut Hut S, $75,000g, 2yo f, 8f.
Gulfstream Park West: Pulpit S, $75,000g, 2yo, 8f.
Gulfstream Park West: Smooth Air S, $75,000g, 2yo, 8f.
Gulfstream Park West: Wait a While S, $75,000g, 2yo f, 8f.
Hawthorne Race Course Inc.: Hawthorne Gold Cup H (gr. II), $250,000g, 3&up, 10f.
Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races: West Virginia Futurity, $50,000a, 2yo, 7f.
Hollywood Gaming at Mahoning Valley Race Course: First Lady S, $50,000g, 3yo f, 6f.
Hollywood Gaming at Mahoning Valley Race Course: Glacial Princess S, $50,000g, 2yo f, 6f.
Hollywood Gaming at Mahoning Valley Race Course: Hollywood Gaming Mahoning Sprint, $50,000g, 3&up, 6f.
Japan Racing Association: Radio Nikkei Hai Kyoto Nisai S , $580,000a, 2yo, 10f.
Turf Paradise: Queen of the Green S, $35,000g, 3&up f/m, 8f.
Turf Paradise: Walter R. Cluer Memorial S, $35,000g, 3&up, 8f.
Woodbine: Coronation Futurity, $250,000g, 2yo, 9f.
Nov. 30

Del Mar: Cecil B. DeMille S (gr. III), $150,000g, 2yo, 8f.
Del Mar: Matriarch S (gr. I), $300,000g, 3&up f/m, 8f.
Golden Gate Fields: Berkeley H (gr. III), $100,000g, 3&up, 8.5f.
Japan Racing Association: Japan Cup (Jpn-I), $4,533,000a, 3&up, 12f.
Japan Racing Association: Keihan Hai (Jpn-III), $685,000a, 3&up, 6f.
Portland Meadows: Detroit Lake H, $9,000g, 3&up, 6f.
Portland Meadows: Foster Lake H, $9,000g, 2yo, 6f.
Portland Meadows: Paulina Lake H, $9,000g, 3&up f/m, 6f.
Woodbine: Ontario Lassie S, $150,000g, 2yo f, 8.5f.
Woodbine: Sir Barton S, $125,000g, 3&up, 8.5f.
December
Dec. 6

Aqueduct: Garland of Roses H, $100,000a, 3&up f/m, 6f.
Golden Gate Fields: Gold Rush, $75,000g, 2yo, 8f.
Gulfstream Park Racing Association: Claiming Crown Canterbury, $110,000g, 3&up, 5f.
Gulfstream Park Racing Association: Claiming Crown Emerald, $125,000g, 3&up, 8.5f.
Gulfstream Park Racing Association: Claiming Crown Express, $110,000g, 3&up, 6f.
Gulfstream Park Racing Association: Claiming Crown Glass Slipper, $110,000g, 3&up f/m, 8f.
Gulfstream Park Racing Association: Claiming Crown Iron Horse, $110,000g, 3&up, 8.5f.
Gulfstream Park Racing Association: Claiming Crown Jewel, $200,000g, 3&up, 9f.
Gulfstream Park Racing Association: Claiming Crown Rapid Transit, $110,000g, 3&up, 7f.
Gulfstream Park Racing Association: Claiming Crown Tiara, $125,000g, 3&up f/m, 8.5f.
Hawthorne Race Course Inc.: Lightning Jet H, $75,000a, 3&up, 6f.
Hawthorne Race Course Inc.: Powerless H, $75,000a, 3&up f/m, 6f.
Hollywood Gaming at Mahoning Valley Race Course: Ruff/Kirchberg Memorial H, $50,000g, 3&up, 9f.
Japan Racing Association: Kinko Sho (Jpn-II), $1,085,000a, 3&up, 10f.
Japan Racing Association: Stayers S (Jpn-II), $1,085,000a, 3&up, 18f.
Laurel Park: Gin Talking S, $100,000g, 2yo f, 7f.
Laurel Park: Jennings H, $100,000g, 3&up, 8f.
Laurel Park: Marylander S, $100,000g, 2yo, 7f.
Laurel Park: Willa On the Move S, $100,000g, 3&up f/m, 6f.
Parx Racing: Pennsylvania Nursery S, $100,000g, 2yo c/g, 7f.
Sunland Park Racetrack & Casino: KLAQ H, $50,000g, 3&up, 5.5f.
Tampa Bay Downs: Inaugural S, #$100,000g, 2yo c/g, 6f.
Tampa Bay Downs: Sandpiper S, #$100,000g, 2yo f, 6f.
Turf Paradise: Arizona Breeders’ Futurity, $50,000g, 2yo c/g, 6f.
Turf Paradise: Arizona Breeders’ Futurity, $50,000g, 2yo f, 6f.
Turf Paradise: Cactus Flower S, $25,000a, 3&up f/m, 6.5f.
Turf Paradise: Cactus Wren S, $25,000a, 3&up, 6.5f.
Turfway Park Race Course: Holiday Inaugural S, #$60,000g, 3&up f/m, 6f.
Woodbine: Kingarvie S, $125,000g, 2yo, 8.5f.
Dec. 7

Japan Racing Association: Champions Cup (Jpn-I), $1,708,000a, 3&up, 9f.
Los Alamitos Race Course: Soviet Problem S, $200,000g, 2yo f, 7f.
Sunland Park Racetrack & Casino: Johnie L. Jamison S, $85,000g, 3&up, 6.5f.
Sunland Park Racetrack & Casino: New Mexico State Racing Commission H, $85,000g, 3&up f/m, 6f.
Woodbine: Valedictory S (Can-III), $150,000g, 3&up, 14f.
Dec. 12

Fair Grounds: Kudzu S, $25,000g, 2yo, 5.5f.
Fair Grounds: Magic City S, $50,000g, 3&up, 8.32f.
Dec. 13

Aqueduct: Queens County H, $100,000a, 3&up, 9f.
Fair Grounds: Louisiana Champions Day Classic S, $150,000g, 3&up, 9f.
Fair Grounds: Louisiana Champions Day Juvenile S, $100,000g, 2yo c/g, 6f.
Fair Grounds: Louisiana Champions Day Ladies S, $100,000g, 3&up f/m, 8.5f.
Fair Grounds: Louisiana Champions Day Ladies Sprint S, $100,000g, 3&up f/m, 6f.
Fair Grounds: Louisiana Champions Day Lassie S, $100,000g, 2yo f, 6f.
Fair Grounds: Louisiana Champions Day Sprint S, $100,000g, 3&up, 6f.
Fair Grounds: Louisiana Champions Day Starter H, $50,000g, 3&up, 8.32f.
Fair Grounds: Louisiana Champions Day Turf S, $100,000g, 3&up, abt 8.5f.
Gulfstream Park Racing Association: El Prado S, $100,000g, 3&up, 7.5f.
Gulfstream Park Racing Association: Harlan’s Holiday S, $100,000g, 3&up, 8.5f.
Gulfstream Park Racing Association: South Beach S, $100,000g, 3&up f/m, 7.5f.
Gulfstream Park Racing Association: Sugar Swirl S (gr. III), $100,000g, 3&up f/m, 6f.
Hawthorne Race Course Inc.: Jim Edgar Illinois Futurity, $100,000e, 2yo c/g, 8.5f.
Hawthorne Race Course Inc.: Pat Whitworth Illinois Debutante, $100,000e, 2yo f, 8.5f.
Hollywood Gaming at Mahoning Valley Race Course: Joshua Radosevich Memorial S, $50,000g, 2yo, 6f.
Japan Racing Association: Challenge Cup (Jpn-III), $723,000a, 3&up, 9f.
Los Alamitos Race Course: Starlet (gr. I), $350,000g, 2yo f, 8.5f.
Dec. 14

Aqueduct: Damon Runyon S, $100,000g, 2yo, 8.32f.
Aqueduct: East View S, $100,000g, 2yo f, 8.32f.
Japan Racing Association: Capella S (Jpn-III), $634,000a, 3&up, 6f.
Japan Racing Association: Hanshin Juvenile Fillies (Jpn-I), $1,174,000a, 2yo f, 8f.
Los Alamitos Race Course: King Glorious S, $200,000g, 2yo, 7f.
Portland Meadows: Janet Wineberg S, $13,000g, 2yo f, 6f.
Portland Meadows: Lethal Grande Oregon Sprint Championship, $11,000g, 3&up, 6f.
Portland Meadows: OB Distaff Starter H, $7,000g, 3&up f/m, 6f.
Portland Meadows: OB Fall Starter H, $7,000g, 3&up, 6f.
Portland Meadows: Oregon Hers S, $11,000g, 3yo f, 8f.
Portland Meadows: Oregon His S, $11,000g, 3yo c/g, 8f.
Portland Meadows: Wineberg S, $13,000g, 2yo c/g, 6f.
Remington Park: Jim Thorpe S, $50,000g, 3yo, 8f.
Remington Park: Remington Springboard Mile, $250,000g, 2yo, 8f.
Remington Park: She’s All In S, $100,000g, 3&up f/m, 8.32f.
Remington Park: Trapeze S, $100,000g, 2yo f, 8f.
Remington Park: Useeit S, $50,000g, 3yo f, 8f.
Sunland Park Racetrack & Casino: Enchantress S, $85,000g, 2yo f, 8f.
Dec. 19

Delta Downs Race Track: Lookout, $65,000g, 3&up f/m, 7.5f.
Dec. 20

Delta Downs Race Track: B-Connected, $65,000g, 3&up, 7.5f.
Fair Grounds: Letellier Memorial S, $50,000g, 2yo f, 6f.
Fair Grounds: Sugar Bowl S, $50,000g, 2yo c/g, 6f.
Gulfstream Park Racing Association: Tropical Park Derby, $75,000g, 3yo, 8.5f.
Gulfstream Park Racing Association: Tropical Park Oaks, $75,000g, 3yo f, 8.5f.
Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races: Eleanor Casey Memorial, $50,000a, 2yo f, 7f.
Hollywood Gaming at Mahoning Valley Race Course: Bobbie Bricker Memorial H, $50,000g, 3&up f/m, 8.5f.
Japan Racing Association: Aichi Hai (Jpn-III), $634,000a, 3&up f/m, 10f.
Los Alamitos Race Course: Los Alamitos Futurity (gr. I), $500,000g, 2yo, 8.5f.
Sunland Park Racetrack & Casino: Bold Ego H, $50,000g, 3&up f/m, 5.5f.
Turf Paradise: Hank Mills Sr. H, $35,000g, 3&up, 8f.
Turf Paradise: Kachina H, $35,000g, 3&up f/m, 8f.
Turfway Park Race Course: Prairie Bayou S, #$60,000g, 3&up, 8.5f.
Dec. 21

Japan Racing Association: Asahi Hai Futurity S (Jpn-I), $1,276,000a, 2yo c/g, 8f.
Sunland Park Racetrack & Casino: KHEY Country Sprint, $50,000g, 3yo, 6.5f.
Dec. 23

Parx Racing: Gift of the Magi H, $40,000g, 3&up, 7f.
Parx Racing: Mistletoe H, $45,000g, 3&up f/m, 6f.
Dec. 26

Aqueduct: Gravesend H, $100,000a, 3&up, 6f.
Laurel Park: Maryland Juvenile Filly Championship, $100,000g, 2yo f, 7f.
Santa Anita Park: * La Brea S (gr. I), $300,000g, 3yo f, 7f.
Santa Anita Park: * Malibu S (gr. I), $300,000g, 3yo, 7f.
Santa Anita Park: * Sir Beaufort S (gr. II), $200,000g, 3yo, 8f.
Dec. 27

Fair Grounds: Pago Hop S, $60,000g, 3yo f, abt 8f.
Fair Grounds: Woodchopper S, $60,000g, 3yo, abt 8f.
Gulfstream Park Racing Association: La Prevoyante H (gr. III), $100,000g, 3&up f/m, 12f.
Gulfstream Park Racing Association: Mr. Prospector S (gr. III), $100,000g, 3&up, 6f.
Gulfstream Park Racing Association: W.L. McKnight H (gr. III), $100,000g, 3&up, 12f.
Japan Racing Association: Hanshin Cup (Jpn-II), $1,174,000a, 3&up, 7f.
Laurel Park: Maryland Juvenile Futurity, $100,000g, 2yo, 7f.
Sunland Park Racetrack & Casino: Red Hedeman Mile, $85,000g, 2yo, 8f.
Tampa Bay Downs: Gasparilla S, #$100,000g, 2yo f, 7f.
Tampa Bay Downs: Pasco S, #$100,000g, 2yo, 7f.
Turf Paradise: Arizona Juvenile Fillies S, $35,000g, 2yo f, 6.5f.
Turf Paradise: Lost in the Fog Juvenile S, $35,000g, 2yo, 6.5f.
Dec. 28

Aqueduct: New York Stallion Series (Fifth Ave. Div.), $150,000g, 2yo f, 6f.
Aqueduct: New York Stallion Series (Great White Way Div.), $150,000g, 2yo c/g, 6f.
Japan Racing Association: Arima Kinen (Jpn-I), $3,619,000a, 3&up, 12.5f.
Japan Racing Association: Hopeful S, $1,174,000a, 2yo, 10f.
Sunland Park Racetrack & Casino: Albert Dominguez Memorial H, $85,000g, 3&up, 8.5f.

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Noob’s Corner Handicapping High School

Noobs Beginner Handicapping Noobs Corner Handicapping High School
We call it handicapping for beginners, but that’s not exactly true. We know… because there are plenty of players out there who have been betting for awhile, but who refuse to think of themselves as beginners… even though their knowledge level is not far beyond that of a beginner. So, it would be a mistake and a disservice to those that hold this opinion of themselves to portray Noob’s Corner as kindergarten for handicappers.

On the other hand, truly veteran players may only find an occasional, “Gee, I didn’t know that” moment in reviewing Noob’s Corner. They know the importance of early speed… understand what a class drop means as a betting opportunity. Or, that a part of well-rounded handicapping always includes taking a good long look at the horses physically, and not just their numbers.

A veteran player probably won’t get that much out of Noob’s Corner other than the reminder that you should always be looking to learn more… and when you start thinking you know everything is when your win-loss percentage starts reflecting otherwise. Noob’s corner is definitely not a handicapping college or university. It’s somewhere in the middle. That’s why we sarcastically refer to it as handicapping high school.

Some elements of handicapping are nothing more than good common sense. Other parts of it might suggest you need to be an Einstein to grasp its figures, equations and theories. Players of all skill levels, all over the world can’t seem to agree on the most important aspects of handicapping. If you’ve spent even a short amount of time studying handicapping, it should be no surprise that everybody who’s ever spent a dime on horse race betting has a different take on picking winners.

So, Noob’s Corner isn’t so much handicapping for beginners as it is handicapping from the beginning. Take what you want from this work in progress. Pick what you like. Start in the middle, or stop at the beginning. Powered by tips, videos and anecdotes, Noob’s Corner is a good internet place to spend some time if you’re serious about improving and sharpening your handicapping skills. Never stop learning and always keep an open mind. Noob’s Corner here.

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A Conversation with Andrew Beyer

Andrew Beyer, designer and developer of the famed and vaunted, Beyer Speed Figure, as well as the author of the best-selling book on horse race handicapping, “Picking Winners”… a how-to based on the use of his speed figure… discusses how he developed this system and has continued to refine its formulation.

Initially designed in the 1970’s as his own personal gambling tool, Beyer’s speed figure system dominates the process for many handicappers. In this conversation, Beyer explains what exactly are his speed figures, and how he envisioned their significance could and would be used in picking winners.

Beyer says he never developed the rating to be a magical, all-encompassing number that would tell a bettor everything he or should know about a horse.
He stresses it’s just one number in a handicapper’s arsenal of tools, but it’s one number that is meant to be universally accurate regardless of whether a player is sizing up a horse in Florida, New York or California. It is one number and one answer to handle all the questions a handicapper has about a horse’s speed.

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Appearance Handicapping 101

Noob’s and experienced players alike know that handicapping is often made out to be a grand interpretation of numbers, records and past performances. How-to books, betting systems and handicapping software mostly zero-in on analyzing text book variations on what scientific and numerical handicapping is supposed to be.

The NBC TV network deserves a little pat on the back for mentioning there are other considerations. You don’t see it too often dealt with as an important consideration in the handicapping exercise… at least not that much in North America. UK and European players and handicappers seem to pay attention and place more emphasis on what some players call appearance handicapping. It’s actually an old idea based on the notion of being a “good judge of horse flesh”.

Does the horse you’re considering placing a bet on look like a winner? Does any horse in the race strike you as appearing to be a superb athlete? Does your personal favorite look like he or she is ready to run a good race? How can you tell?

The video below provides a few clues…

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Handicapping Using The Beyer Speed Rating

In this short 2:00+ minute video, Jim from BetAmerica.com shows you how to use Speed, and the Beyer Speed Figures for handicapping thoroughbred horse racing. As common sense might dictate, speed is a very important factor… however, a bettor needs to know how to apply speed ratings in his handicapping efforts in order to capitalize on a horse that shows up as fast. Give this little video a look-see before making your winning selections.

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The Importance of Early Speed

Wise Dan The Importance of Early Speed

Early Speed is a great predictor in picking winning horses.


If you regularly subscribe to either free or paid betting tips and picks, you’ve no doubt read the handicapper’s rationale for a pick’s credibility is at least in part based on a favored horses’s early speed. This rationale is given special credit because early speed is the best known predictor of which horses are most likely to control a race’s early pace. Here are a few facts that support this premise:

1. Race horses that run first, second or third at the first call positions as reported in past performances win five of every nine races. The first call position in sprints and races around one turn occurs when the horses have raced for one-quarter mile.

2. Race horses that run first, second or third at the first call positions win far more than their fair share of all races (179%) and as a group yield a profit of about 28% on every invested dollar when they’re bet to win.

3. Although early speed race horses perform best and most predictably in sprints, the above statistics hold true at all distances.

4. Race horses who are able to get a clear early lead at the first call (one or more lengths) present best bets status when they go off at odds of 10/1 or lower. Horses running in these situations win almost three times more than their expected or average share of races, and return an amazing 80% on the dollar. As a matter of record, these front-running horses represent what is probably the most consistent opportunity for overlays in horse racing. So, taking time and effort to evaluate and predict which horses might take the early lead seems to be an exercise that’s well worth the effort.

Playing percentages is a credible consideration in handicapping efforts. And, the above explanation relative to the importance of early speed further confirms the validity and reliability of the “playing percentages” approach.

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