December 5th, 2012
- Avoid chitchatting with other race players. Anybody who
knows anything worthwhile won’t tell you anything.
- Keep daily racing notes and make them brief. Short
notes every day will serve you far better than a bunch of
complicated figures that you work up now and then.
- If you are good at observing the price lines, you’ll find
your best prospects in fields of six to eight horses.
- If you like to play longshots, you’ll do best with fields that
have eleven or twelve horses.
- Speed figures produce more winners than systems based
only on class and class drops. Class plus weight‑off add
up to the most reliable figures of all.
- Be selective not only with the horses you bet, but with the
races you bet.
- A horse that has previously started over today’s race course
is usually better than one that has yet to take a trip around.
- A strong rider is better than a weak one. Many a jockey
who can do 95 pounds can do nothing else.
- There are people training horses who couldn’t train a
pig to eat! When you figure a race, make the trainer an
important element in your handicapping.
- It’s 1,000 to 1 that any bad habits on the part of the horse
were picked up from the bad habits of all the people who
have worked with him.
- Jockey streaks—winners and losers—tend to be longer
than trainer streaks.
- Ouch! If your horse keeps bobbing his head enroute to
post, dipping his nose to right or left, save your money:
He’s sore in a foreleg. Bet this horse to lose.