Handicapping Tips #4 – July 22, 2014

Handicapping tips from agameofskill.com

Handicapping Tip of the Day – Pace Makes the Race

One of the first, if not the first thing, you should be doing when handicapping a race is to try to figure out the anticipated pace scenario.  Which horse or horses figure to vie for the early lead?  Is one of those speed horses faster than the others?  You can use excellent pace figures such as the ratings Brisnet puts out, or you can look at the raw fractional times to figure out the typical 1/4 and 1/2 mile time that each horse runs.   Additionally, some horses want to be up on the lead regardless of superior early speed of other rivals, and they will ‘use themselves’ in the process to vie for the front end.  Needless to say, that can affect all of the horses involved.  Some jockeys are better gate riders than others, and it is helpful to know the riders’ traits on your circuit.

After you analyze the pace situation, you can then determine which runner(s) is at an advantage based on the makeup of this race.  That’s a big edge over the public that skips this vital step in the handicapping process or does so haphazardly.

~ Rich Nilsen

High temperature in Boston – Claimer of the Week award

Ninety Degrees took command after a half mile and ran on to win like a favorite should in the fourth race at Suffolk Downs last Monday, and has been named the agameofskill.com Claimer of the Week. The chestnut mare returned $3.40 to her backers and … [Continue reading]

If Only Horses Could Talk

by Art Parker If California Chrome, this year’s Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner, could talk what would he say? I’m convinced the first thing he would say is “Shut Up” to both of his owners. Every time a Chrome owner opens his mouth it … [Continue reading]

Off the Charts Trip Notes – July 15, 2014

This exclusive and free AGameofSkill.com feature, Off the Charts Trip Notes (July 15, 2014), finds horses throughout the country who encountered some type of noteworthy trouble in their most recent start or just gave an extremely impressive … [Continue reading]

Handicapping Tips #3 – July 14, 2014

Handicapping tips from agameofskill.com

Handicapping Tip of the Day #3 - Distance Preference Every race horse has  one particular distance that they excel the best at, and the handicapper is wise to look at every runner in a race to determine if today's distance meets that preference. … [Continue reading]

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