Handicapping Tip of the Day #14 – Note These Changes

Note the blinker changes throughout today’s card

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Handicapping Tip of the Day – November 11, 2015

One of the first things I do in preparing for a race card is to go through all races and highlight blinker changes. I do this before analyzing any race. It’s a way to spot potential plays in the card and help you focus on races that can be more productive. Blinkers, or the removal of them, can do wonders to help a horse. Blinkers can help a horse run straighter but most of the time they help a horse keep his mind on business. Oftentimes, those having blinkers added will show more early speed. Some horses become too keen and have a harder time relaxing with blinkers and removing them can provide a winning benefit. One of my favorite plays is for a closing sprinter to drop in class, add blinkers and run in a two turn race. Many times the newly equipped runner leaves the gate and says, “See ya!”

— Art Parker

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Rich Nilsen is a 19-time qualifier to the National Horseplayers Championship (NHC), an event he has cashed in four times. He was the first player to finish in the top 10 of the NHC twice. A former executive with Brisnet.com and a member of the NHC Players’ Committee, Rich is a graduate of the University of Louisville Equine Business Program and is founder of AGameofSkill.com, a site devoted to horse racing education and promotion.

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