Horse Handicapping 101 – Older or Younger

If you’re brushing off your handicapping skills before the Derby, you might have a long way to go. There’s so many horses competing that it can be hard to pin down who you want your top horse to be. Even after the Derby is long gone, there will be great races to follow. That’s why starting to refine your handicapping now can yield big benefits in the future.

So, how do we set the stage? The daily racing form is a great way to look at all of the contenders, but today’s lesson is a bit of general theory. You have younger horses against older horses. Does youth win? Or does experience play a bigger role? Do you want to go with a horse that’s relatively untested, the wildcard, or do you want to go super conservative and pick a horse that’s already won a bunch of allowance stakes?

The choice isn’t easy, because you can go either way. It’s also a bit of a “false choice”, because age alone doesn’t mean much. Sure, a young horse has a bit more life in them, but this “life” is marred by inexperience. Simply put, the horse can be stubborn and not perform nearly the way that you wanted them to perform.

Horse Handicapping

We advise making two groups in your handicapping drafts: the younger horses, along with the older horses. In the young group, you want to refine by looking at the performance of the jockeys, as well as the horse’s performance on different fields. There’s an inherent track bias that you need to keep aware of, and that bias can ruin a horse. Yet it’s not just about the condition of the track, either. (See why this can be complicated?)

You have to think about the horse’s endurance in general. You can look at the races they’ve won and then look at the track. Was it a speed race, or an endurance race? The longer tracks will bring out the horses that can go the distance, while the shorter tracks will reveal your sprinters.

As you begin to filter and refine based on historical data, you’ll realize that you’ll have more than a few horses in the running. It can be a lengthy process to narrow down the horses you want, but it’s worth it. If you are going to make sure that you practice conservative handicapping, you may want to avoid super exotic bets. There’s no need for a supertrifecta or an accumulator bet if you’re going to study the data. Sometimes, the “simple bets” can lead to the most money.


Cool Horse Racing Bets You Might Have Missed

Tired of the parlay bet? In horse racing, you have plenty of different ways to bet on the big races. As you watch the Road to the Derby series, you may already have a head start on your handicapping. Don’t get frustrated if the rankings change quite often. You still make a little money on these small races until the Kentucky Derby is here.

Here are a few different bets to check out.

If you want something easy peasy simple, you can’t go wrong with a straight win bet. As the name implies, you put money down on one horse for the win. You can calculate how much you’re going to get by looking at the odds multiplied against the stake that you put up. If you’re trying to skip the handicapping and “bet from the gut” or make guesses or follow hunches, this is the best way to go.

If you’re already handicapping, you might as well check out something like the each-way bet. It’s half on the horse you want to win, followed by the other half going to the horse you want to finish in one of the top 3 places. Some races are generous and will consider 4th place a winner as well, which can give you some leeway.

Horse Racing Bets

One of our favorite types of bets would have to be the forecast bet, also referred to as the tricast bet. Now, for our American friends, this is the exacta and trifecta.

Basically, the forecast bet means that you get the 1st and 2nd place winners in perfect order. Considering that you have to pretty much be a mind reader to get this down pat, it’s really a fun bet with a lot on the line. If you happen to get it right, you’ll win a lot of money. If you don’t get it right, you don’t get anything but a few laughs. All the more reason to only risk money that you can afford to lose. Gambling is good entertainment, and there’s nothing wrong with it.

But if the forecast bet is too much for you, you may want to check out the reverse forecast, where it doesn’t matter the order you place the horses. As long as they hit the required placements, the bet still pays out.

Betting should be fun, not stressful. Give yourself time to check into everything, and you’ll be able to put out some good bets!


Are These Horses Truly Derby Contenders

Everyone’s passing around lists of horses they think could be contenders in the Kentucky Derby race to come. Now, May is a long way away, and that means that there’s plenty of time to speculate. Since no one really knows a solid contender list, we figured that we’d just join in on the fun. We wanted to list a few horses and see what all of you think. Let’s pretend that we don’t really have an order here. We don’t want to cause a war, you know! :)

1. Tapiture


What an elegant horse! Have you seen this fella? If you’re not sure if you should look at Tapiture just yet, hare’s some background. He’s trained by Steve Asmussen, who is no newcomer to racing. His own parents were trainers, and his brother is a decorated jockey. He’s nailed 650 wins in a single year. Tapiture is owned by Winchell Thoroughbreds, a family that definitely has racing in their blood! The Winchells are pretty proud of Tapiture, who whose sire is Tapit, and his dam is Free Spin.

Tapiture definitely has speed in his blood, but distance is tricky. Tapit ended up in ninth place during the 2004 Kentucky Derby, but that doesn’t mean that Tapiture shouldn’t be considered a favorite. Free Spin won 3 of her 6 starts, and is a daughter of Olympio, a very decorated horse in his own right.

2. Intense Holiday

Intense Holiday
Now, this is definitely a horse that got our attention! This contender won the Risen Star Stakes on February 22nd, but it’s how the horse won that got our attention. Albano was definitely home free at the sixteenths pole, and it felt like a sure victory. But Intense Holiday proved that nothing in horse racing is ever certain, or foolproof. Kerwin Clark, the jockey who rode Albano in that race, was very surprised. A second place finish still deserves merit, but Intense Holiday definitely got the bragging rights. [Read more...]


Cheltenham Festival Horse Racing Fun!

It might still feel like we are in the middle of winter but the Cheltenham Festival is just around the corner. There is so much to look forward too. You can of course, watch the races of the television and enjoy having a bet on the Cheltenham Festival but you should really consider going there yourself. The Cheltenham racecourse is such a fantastic venue with loads of great bars and restaurants, a great atmosphere and really good views of the horses and the races. You can of course bet while you are there, but if you want to avoid the queues you can bet before you go or use a mobile phone app the bet while you are there.

Anyone who likes to bet will know exactly what it feels like and how much fun it can be. Having a financial interest in a particular horse winning, can mean that you have extra excitement in the race. You have a massive reason for wanting it to win and so when the race is taking place you get really involved. You feel your heart beating fast as you watch the horses running and then if it is a close thing at the end, it can be even more exciting.

Cheltenham Festival

Watching some of the best horses racing can also be very much part of the fun. Seeing the most experienced runners and riders means that you will be guaranteed a good race. Everyone will be very competitive and wanting to win even if they have a low chance of doing so. This means that the race will be a lot more fun and may in fact be spectacular. The crowds also get very much more excited and that will really add to it all as well. Even if you are watching it on the television you can hear and see them and that’s makes a big difference.

So set the date of the Cheltenham Festival in your diary, it is the 11th – 14th March 2014. Consider whether you want to be there in person and need to make arrangements for that or whether you need to take some time off work to watch it on the television. Also make sure that you have some money available so that you can place some bets so that you r enjoyment is even greater. You might even win a big amount of money and so that would make it really worthwhile.


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Playing Slots Has Its Perks – Learn How to Really Play Like a Winner!

There’s a secret you might not know: there’s a lot of money to be made in the world of slots. Now, I know that most of you guys are coming here for sports betting, but the reality is that sometimes we need to take a break. Or worse, your team might not be playing for a while. Instead of running to place a bet that you don’t have any interest in making, why not turn your attention to winning at slots like the big boys do?

The reality is that you have plenty of opportunities in the slot world. It’s just hard to navigate it on your own. It’s not like any of the big time players are just going to show up, look you in the eye and tell you all of the secrets that you’ve been dying to know. They’re too busy making money for their own needs to try to help you.

Playing Slots

However, there are some resources that can help you get in the game. If you’re really interested in learning how to win at slots (link here!), you have to check out the ExcellentSlots Academy. This is a place that’s filled up to the brim with plenty of how to information, along with plenty of videos and reviews to give you something to look at. There’s no pre learning for slots, which is the good part.

However, if you think that there’s really nothing that you need to think about when it comes to slots, well, you would definitely be mistaken. You don’t have to get panicked or worry that you’re not going to be able to make money on the ol’ fruit machines. You just have to make sure that you have the best information possible. The Academy starts out with giving you the basic rules about slot games, which can be helpful for sports betting fans that aren’t used to walking around the entire casino, if you know what we mean.

It’s up to you to see how far you want to go. Of course, you can’t win if you don’t play — everyone knows that. But what you might not know is how to pick the best real money slot machines, and that’s one of the best skills to learn. Once you know which machines are going to be ideal for your needs, then you can do exactly what you wanted to do in the first place: win!


How to Bet at the Sportsbook Like a Boss

Look, here’s something that you need to think about when it comes to online sports betting — you can either do it, or you can’t. There’s nothing wrong with knowing you need a little help, and that’s where we come in. We definitely want to make sure that you get the results that you’re looking for. If you can step back and have a good time placing your bets, it’ll heighten the pleasure that you get from the betting experience in the first place. What could really be better than that?

The first thing that you need to do is think about what type of bet that you want to make. You can get exotic and go with a parley bet, or you can just bet the spread. The spread gives you the most leeway, because you still make money back on your wager even if you’re not quite spot on with the score of the winning team.

How do you really know which team to put your money on? That’s the fun part — you don’t. You’re going to have to look at the way each team has been playing all season before you get better at making picks. This is actually a subject that people debate for a long time. They want to know all of the statistics around each game. It’s easy to feel like you can just bet from the gut, but that doesn’t really get you too terribly far.

Bet at the Sportsbook

Focus more on the experience — once you place your wagers, you can step back and watch the game unfold. There will be a deadline for getting in your wagers before the game progresses too far. If you miss that deadline? You’re just out of luck.

Most sportsbooks have forums where you can reach out to fans around the country, if not around the world. Don’t think that you’re going to be limited in terms of what you can put money on. NFL football is hot right now, but hockey is right around the corner.

Joining a sportsbook for the first time? Don’t forget that you’re going to be eligible for a deposit bonus. Some people look at bonus directories, where sites list the top sportsbooks paying out the best bonuses. But there’s really no need to go “bonus hunting” if you don’t want to. You can always just check out a sportsbook that catches your eye, read some reviews for the best online gambling sites, and check it out for yourself. If it’s not what you want, then that’s fine as well.

Now is the best time to get out there making your bets. But we’re not done – we have plenty of information to help you bet on sports this holiday season!


It’s NFL Football Season – Time to Get in the Game

A Game Like None Other

NFL football is a pretty intense game. Even Europeans will tune into the NFL season occasionally, and it gets talked about. There are a lot of teams trying to reach the height of the season — the Super Bowl. That’s what football is really all about. Who is the best team? Who are the best players? Some players take on a larger than life image, which is pretty cool. If you’re not into European football at the moment, then switching over to NFL football could give you the thrilling games that you’re looking for. Football is pretty intense no matter what, but there’s a special place in my heart for NFL football season. For one, people are going head to head on a field for a very small ball, and the strategy used on the field to get that ball is pretty cool.

But I don’t want to get into the mechanics of football. I want to help you make bets on the games. Why? It’s simple, really — you bet on the games in order to make money and add a little fun to the game. I’m to saying that you need to bet your entire house mortgage to have a good time. But if you have a little side money that you can use to seed your account, there’s nothing like the present to get started. There’s no time like now to add extra money to your account by really studying the game.

Jumping Into the Fray

Jumping into the fray isn’t going to be very difficult either. You need to make sure that you start by looking at the team that you really want to bet on. You need to study their history, how they play, along with who their star players are. If anything, you want to try to avoid as much sports gossip as possible. You have to make sure that you really think about everything associated with the game, because betting from the gut doesn’t really make sense. There’s no way to control the outcome of a game, and that’s something that I’m pretty glad about. If I knew ahead of time who won, it would really take away the thrill of finding out through watching the entire match!

NFL Football Season

You want to make sure that you’re going to a sportsbook online that can help you place all of the bets that you want. They’ll also be handling the money transfers. This is a pretty secure thing, so there’s nothing to worry about. I worried at first about the way things were going, only to find that everything was already taken care of for me with no problems at all. I had no worries about what was going on — the sportsbook handles a lot more than meets the eye. You can even watch the games online from time to time, depending on which sportsbook has the licensing.

Controlling Your Betting

Controlling your betting is something that cannot be stressed enough. Bankroll management isn’t complicated, but it’s very necessary. In short, it’s the way you stay in the game for life. If you can’t make things happen, you’re going to be spinning your wheels. Who really wants to do that, when you think about it? It’s a good time to reflect on your options and do what feels right for you!

The Road Ahead

Watching the game is fun, but betting on the game takes on a life of its very own. You might feel like you’re in familiar territory, because a lot of people want to bet on the big NFL games and talk about them. As long as you’re controlling your betting, looking at where you actually go to place your bets, and the community around every sportsbook, you’re bound to have a good time. Don’t feel pressured to bet more than what you can afford to lose merely because other people are chasing those wins. If you feel like you’re gambling is out of control at any point — stop. It’s not worth it if you’re not having a good time, or you feel trapped by it.

Have fun and remember — if you win big, don’t hesitate to write in and tell us. I love a good victory story!


The Next Month’s Racing

Throughout January and February most horse racing fans will be looking forward to the 2014 Cheltenham Festival which begins on March 11th. This year’s festival looks set to be an extremely exciting one, with competitive fields set up for all the most popular events including the Arkle Chase, the Champion Hurdle and, of course, the Cheltenham Gold Cup. With the festival being the jewel in jumps racing’s crown, it is easy to become distracted in looking too far forward. However, with a little while still to go until Cheltenham, there is still lots of good racing yet to take place for punters to get their teeth into.

With final Cheltenham preparations being made, many horses will still have one run left before the festival. For all of these races, odds, and horse racing news Coral can keep you up to date. Many will still be looking for the opportunity to have a bet on a big race or two in the coming month, and the good news is that you can most definitely find it.


On January 18th, a highly competitive field will line up for the Clarence House Chase at Ascot Racecourse, won in 2013 by superstar Sprinter Sacre. The race will have special importance for those looking forward to the Cheltenham Festival, as many runners in this race will be getting ready for the Queen Mother Champion Chase at Cheltenham in March. The Grade 1 race at Ascot covers 2 miles 1 furlong and includes thirteen fences that entrants will have to jump along the way. To add to the excitement, three horses in the past have gone on to win the Queen Mother Champion Chase after winning the Clarence House Chase at Ascot.

Sire de Grugy is currently a warm favourite with Coral for the Clarence House Chase, available at 11/8.Closely following the favourite is Somersby, available at 7/2, with Hidden Cyclone (5/1) and Fox Appeal (9/1) making up the top four entrants in the field. Whoever goes on to win it will be sure to catch the attention of those looking for Cheltenham Festival form.


Throughout the month of January there is various jumps racing and flat all-weather racing available to punters. With a meeting at Cheltenham racecourse on January 25th, those who wish to get their bearings before the big festival in March could be in for a good day’s racing. In February, the Commercial First Ascot Chase Grade 1 race takes place and, with previous winners including the legendary Kauto Star, punters are sure to be in for a treat.