Handicapping a Horse Race Starts at the Starting Gate, a Horse Racing Tip

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Handicapping a Horse Race Starts at the Starting Gate, a Horse Racing Tip

With all the high tech gadgets available nowadays to handicap horse races, it is easy to lose sight of the fact that there is an actual event, a horse race that takes place.  What I mean is that it is a physical event and subject to the laws of nature and physics and not just some ink spots on a page.  A prime example of this is the shape of the race track and placement of the starting gate.

When you watch a race, you may be so focused on the horses, particularly one you bet on, that you don’t see what is actually going on.  For instance, what part of the track is the starting gate placed at?  If you are betting on a race being run on a one mile race track and the race is a mile race, that the starting gate is at the finish line.

Now long is the run into the first turn?  Does the horse on the inside have an advantage?  How does it affect outside horses and inside horses?  It may favor an inside post position or be a problem.  If there is a large field, the starters may place the gate very close to the rail.  The horse breaking from the inside may run into problems if he or she is forced into the rail.

A lot of importance is placed on the pace of a race.  Pace is directly affected by  the starting gate position, run into the turn, length of the homestretch.  This is a big consideration when horses are shipping in from one track to another.  If you know a track has a short homestretch and see that a horse with late speed was compromised because it ran out of room in a short stretch, but today it is running on a track with a longer home stretch, that horse may run a better race.

A good angle is a horse with early speed, breaking from an inside post  with a short run into the turn.  It figures to easily get to the lead and other horses chasing it may have a longer trip through the turn, especially if they are on the outside.  If you are trying to handicap horse races and using pace as part of your method, it makes sense to actually look at the track, see where the starting gate is located in relation to the turn and the rail, and checkout the hose stretch.  Then look at each horse and its running style and find horses who will benefit from those physical conditions and those who will have problems.

If you want to learn how a horse owner and insider handicaps just go to http://williewins.homestead.com/truecb.html and get the truth. Bill Peterson is a former horse race owner and professional handicapper. To see all Bill’s horse racing material go to Horse Racing Handicapping, Bill’s handicapping store.

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