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2016 Resolutions

Posted by on 12/30/2015 3:46:22 AM

Being honest around this time of the year can be hard to do especially when one is trying to work off the holiday food or turn the corner mentally and physically but money can be had if some resolutions are made to improve the betting style.

Okay, new commitments like joining a gym or learning a foreign language are all well and good but they seldom last but making equine resolutions that will earn money is something very worthwhile.

The most astute players stick with the game plan and it know that eventually it will provide dividends. And this applies to bettors that are looking at the inner strip at Aqueduct, the flamingos at Gulfstream, the snow in Chicago or the sunshine at Santa Anita .

Sometimes we all have to just looked ourselves in the mirror and get real and that can mean some honest talk to one’s self.

First off, try to stay away from the deep closers in most races unless the price is really right. Just by logic, runners that must concede double digits early either have to be extremely special, or lucky, or traffic free all of the time to succeed. It’s just one more thing to overcome.

Sure, there are races where there are several speed horses that absolutely need the lead and this is a case where a closer can thrive, but take those long-fused runners on a steady diet and the bankroll will dwindle.

Next, try to resist the temptation to take the easy way out and succumb to betting the favorite especially when a race looks pretty wide open on paper. Sure, it’s always a kick to cash a ticket, but eat chalk on a consistent basis and one will choke on it.

One thing to consider is to try to get to the track physically this year. There is nothing like the anticipation when going through the gates at the track and smelling the winning and losing aromas.

And even if you play via the computer try to get involved with some of the smaller venues around the country. You will likely find that stand out plays jump off the page.

When thinking about making a major wager, look for a horse that has shown quality. Cheaper runners, under the $20,000 claiming level, by nature keep their form for a shorter time and are therefore not as consistent as runners that have proven class and have trainers pulling the strings with concept of where they are going.

Conversely, don’t just scream and yell when cashing a winning bet but try to learn from the win. Did the runner win easily, hence making him a threat next time or was he life and death to win, which means that you cashed a ticket but may have been lucky to do it.

Consistency is the key to superstardom in sport and it should be in betting too. Keep an even keel.

Evaluate the way one bets. Sure, it’s fashionable to go for the juggler vein and the big kill but those bets tie up money all day in some spots.

There is nothing wrong with a healthy win bet at a decent number. Even Babe Ruth didn’t hit a home run every single time to the plate. And you can use this theory when betting exotics but keying on one horse that stands out to you and having a solid opinion about the rest of the races.

Remember, every race does not speak to everybody. A player is not obliged to bet on all 10 or 12 races on a particular card or outing. It’s hard to have that many opinions anyway.

Lastly, try to remember playing the races is a marathon and not a sprint. Forget about if you are up or down for a day but focus on the big picture and things will be brighter at the end of the day.


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