TIP #1: ENJOY TIME WITH FAMILY & FRIENDS Kris's BEST TIP is what I strongly believe in and as I stated in my book: Whether it be at Saratoga racetrack or any other racetrack (near you) that you go to, you should enjoy going to the races with family and friends, making your bets, and having a ton of fun in the process! If you can accomplish these three factors, then, you're a BIG winner already and you're off to a great start! Anything else that happens is icing on the cake! :-)
TIP #2: GO WITH YOUR "OWN" GUT! Your main objective is to WIN some money and be profitable at the end of the day! When making your bets, you should ALWAYS go with your instincts and make your own selections! What other people say are only suggestions! Surely, there will be occasions where YOU will be correct and other expert handicappers won't be! Then, you will feel even more incredible and will continue to make your own good decisions!
TIP #3: PLAY ONLY WHAT YOU CAN AFFORD Don't EVER bet your house or your rent money! There is NEVER a guarantee to win in horse race betting! Circumstances may change at any moment and things may happen that are out of your control: A horse may get out of the gate badly and automatically lose any chances to win. The horse that you selected may receive a bad ride and gets stuck on the rail and can't get out in time (to win). A sudden change in weather conditions could occur and the horse that you selected may not be good enough to handle wet conditions. These are plenty of other situations that could occur as well.
The good news with horse race betting is that you don't always have to spend BIG bucks to make BIG bucks. You can make decent profits by spending less money too. You would be surprised how often dollar exactas and fifty-cent triples pay pretty well! A recent example is how a $1.00 exacta paid over $2,000 in the Kentucky Derby. Of course, this type of situation doesn't occur as often, but you could win big in horse race betting.
TIP #4: TAKE ADVANTAGE OF PLAYING "MINIMUM BET " AMOUNTS For most bets, the minimum cost is one dollar only. Such types of bets include Win, Place, Show, Exacta, Quinella, and Daily double. There are other types of bets that cost even lower amounts. However, they're lot harder to hit: A Triple bet costs fifty cents only, and a Superfecta bet costs ten cents only. Playing these bets by paying lower amounts may look easy, but they are much harder to hit than what you think!
Generally, the winning payoff amounts are based on a $2.00 bet. If you made a $1.00 bet and you didn't have a winning ticket, then, you lost HALF of the amount only!
TIP #5: IT'S A LONG DAY OF RACING AND PACE YOURSELF SPENDING-WISE On any given race day, typically, there are 8, 9, or 10 races. When starting to make your first bets of the day, it's easy for you to think that you should spend big bucks in the earlier races so that...if you win, you can play with the "track's money"! Unfortunately, this situation doesn't occur all the time; even when you try SO hard!
In the long run, you're better off NOT to spend TOO much in the earlier races. Another big rason is that better and more quality races usually happen in later races. The feature race (of the day) usually occurs second to the last race. This is the race where more established horses (that have far more experience) run and have a good chance of winning. Therefore, you should be patient and invest more money in later races!
TIP #6: SKIP A RACE OR TWO! You may want to consider skipping a race or two! Using this method allows you to spend your money on other races that you REALLY like more! When you're not playing a race, you can do a whole bunch of other things that are fun in different ways: Go see and talk to your family and friends, check out the sceneries to see what interesting things are happening, get a bite to eat from any of the vendors, watch a band play, listen or dance to music, etc.
After you return to playing more races, you may just be thankful that you didn't play those races after all...because you wouldn't have won (those skipped races) in anyways! :-)
Moral of the story: More money in your pockets!
TIP #7: BE PATIENT AND DON'T FEEL THAT YOU HAVE TO WIN BIG ALL AT ONCE! Saratoga is a long racing season (6 weeks) and don't feel that you have to win BIG...so fast! Take your time and focus on races that you REALLY like and that you feel more confident about! Spend more money on horses that you LOVE and less on horses that you're not sure about! Therefore, vary your money accordingly!
TIP #8: DON'T PLAY FAVORITE TO WIN IN EVERY RACE! "On the average", favorites win one-third of the races only. Only on few occasions, horses may win half or more races; especially if there is a super-heavy favorite (1-5 odds horse) in a race or two. Especially in races that have huge fields (10 or more horses), you're better off going against the favorite (for a Win bet)!
Or, if a favorite won two or three races in a row, then, you may want to consider playing a non-favorite in the following race!
TIP #9: DON'T THROW YOUR TICKETS AWAY UNTIL THE RACE IS POSTED AS OFFICIAL! You would be amazed how often people throw their tickets away thinking that their tickets are NOT winners. --A horse may be scratched (for whatever reason: sick, injury, etc.) just prior to post time, and some people may not know or realize that a horse that they played scratched. Prior to coming to the track, a friend may have played the ticket for the person. --For tickets that involve multiple-race bets (doubles, pick-3, pick-4, pick-5, and pick-6), a consolation prize is given if a horse is scratched in the last race (of the multiple-race ticket) and you used that particular horse in your bet(s).
Bottom line: ALWAYS VERIFY YOUR TICKETS whether they are winners are not! You can take your tickets to the window teller, enter your tickets in a terminal machine (at the track), or check results via your own digital device: computer, laptop, iPhone, Android, iPad, or a tablet. TIP #10 & BEST TIP: SEE "FAR MORE" TIPS & STRATEGIES IN MY BOOK!
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