Finding The Longshots


Betting on horse racing is a very intriguing venture into the world of gambling but over the years I have heard it all and seen it all, especially the phrase "how in the hell did that horse win this race, the No.3 beat him last time by six lengths and today he beat him by six lenghth and pays boxcars."

The secret is how to you arrive at betting on these big longshots? How do you find them when handicapping a race. It is not a simple task but with a little work you may find that it is easier than you think. It is called exiting the same race play. After I finish handicapping a card I return to the races that I have found the most interesting to make a bet on. I than find the horse or horses that I like the best, after that I check off all the horse if any that are exiting the same race as no matter how bad they look I will use them in some exotic, the exacta, trifecta, super or whatever and if there is a horse in there exiting the same race that had the lead in that race but folded badly and today that horse may not have as much pressure up front and the price is right than the light goes off.

The same can be said for a horse that was a closer but the winner had an easy lead but today there is more pace in the race to set up his or her closing kick. Also today the track could be favoring speed or it could be leaning toward closers. The one thing that I do for sure is if I like a horse I will key that horse with all the horses exiting that race and I will also make a small box and don't forget those dime super boxes as not long ago I like a horse in a race and there were three others exiting the same race, I made a four horse dime super $2.40 cents and you can just say repeat and do it a few times, anyway the horse I really liked finished fourth while the other rolled in all at good prices with the dime super paying over $200 bucks. Just keep track of this play and you will be amazed at what good things can happen.

One other play that I really love is what I call the same day key race play. There is a horse running in an earlier race that wins and in one of the late races there is a horse running that ran right behind that horse, these horses come in a lot and it can really add on to your profits, so if able be aware of the entire card and if you find a horse running in an earlier race and another that ran against that horse running in a later race just be aware of how that first one does as you can also use this angle as a through out race, good luck and win those photo's.

by professional handicapper Richard Saber
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On the California worktab

Multiple Grade 1 king SMILING TIGER (Hold That Tiger), winner of the San Carlos H. (G2) last out, drilled a half-mile in :47 1/5 over Santa Anita's fast main track on Wednesday. The four-year-old chestnut has the April 14 Count Fleet Sprint H. (G3) penciled in for his next start.

Multiple Grade 1 vixen EVENING JEWEL (Northern Afleet), runner-up in the Valentine Dancer H. most recently, motored five-eighths in 1:01 3/5. The James Cassidy pupil is targeting the April 15 Apple Blossom H. (G1).

JAKESAM (Smoke Glacken), runner-up in the El Camino Real Derby (G3) and California Derby in his past two, blew out three furlongs in :35 in advance of Saturday's San Felipe S. (G2).

Robert B. Lewis S. (G2) third and San Felipe contender QUAIL HILL (Candy Ride [Arg]) posted four panels in :50 1/5.

Grade/Group 3-placed SURREY STAR (Ire) (Dubawi), fourth in the San Vicente S. (G2) last out and also headed to the San Felipe, turned three-eighths in :35 1/5.

Grade 2 victor VENTANA (Toccet), fourth in the San Carlos H. (G2) and Palos Verdes S. (G2) thus far this year, logged four furlongs in :49 1/5.

PLUM PRETTY (Medaglia d'Oro), third in the Las Virgenes S. (G1) and Santa Ynez S. (G2) in her two starts this season, traveled six furlongs in 1:13 1/5.

Santa Monica S. (G1) runner-up GILDED GEM (Smarty Jones) clocked a half-mile in :49 1/5.

BRUSHBURN (Unusual Heat), unraced since finishing third in the June 5 Charles Whittingham Memorial H. (G1), worked four furlongs in :49 3/5.



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