Give Horse Racing a Try! It’s Easy!

Being from Kentucky, I have been betting on horse racing since I was a child. When I turned sixteen, we celebrated as a family by spending the day at Churchill Downs. The thrill of watching the races and rush of winning was something that stayed with me. On that April day it was my father that taught me all that I needed to know about betting and racing, but now there are so many resources to help out a novice better.

Predicting Outcomes!

Don’t be intimidated at the thought of betting on horses. Placing a bet on a horse race doesn’t have to be a complicated procedure. Whether you are at the racetrack or placing an off-track bet, there are a few key tools that will help make your day of betting a successful one. First, you’ll need a racetrack program and a daily racing form. These two things should provide you with background information on all the horses as well as the jockeys, trainers and owners. Reading up about individual horses and their handicaps can also be a good way to decide how to place your bets. In the past this information was readily available in newspapers; and still is in some areas, but the best way today is by using your favorite search engine.

Playing the Odds!

Before you place your bet, you will need to know a little about the odds. Don’t be overwhelmed, it’s actually quite simple. Just take the odds of your horse and multiply the first number by the dollar amount of your bet, divide that by the second number, and then add the dollar amount of your bet back in. In a basic bet, you can wager that your horse will either win, place or show. You can also bet across the board to cover all your bases. There are also more exotic bets, like Quinella, Exacta and Trifecta that many online bookies offer (for example, that you can research and try your luck with.

Placing Your Bet!

When it’s time to actually place your bet, the easiest, and most enjoyable place to do so in my opinion, is at the racetrack. You just can’t beat the smell of the fresh dirt on the track and the excited hum of the spectators rushing about. As if that weren’t enough to convince you to enjoy this sport in person, there are other perks like the television simulcast that you can watch before and after races. If you listen closely, you can pick up tips from these that can help you on your next wager. Once you have placed your bet, you can sit back, relax or stand up and cheer on your horse!