by Ed Meyer

posted on October 4, 2008 in General Discussion, Handicapping | No Comments >>

If you are looking to hear what professional players are planning to do today, take a look at www.horseplayerdaily.com and listen to Tim Downes. It is well worth your time, and can give you a fresh perspective on planning for the races.

Tim has a vast resume. He is a 41-year-old player who has played the races for a profit for many years. He has to his credit: 4-time DRF Qualifier; he won the Horse Player World Series at the Orleans in 2001 to cash in for $381,500.

He specializes in the California circuit, and I love to listen to players who follow circuits closely. This is an added advantage, and today it is free. The cost will go to $20 per card thereafter.

As a player of races and contests, I believe we must constantly strive to improve our game. We don’t have to listen to every tout on the track. That would be counterproductive, and take the fun out of the game. I think we should start by finding a solid information system that we can depend on, and use this with the skills we have built up over time.

Personally, I have learned more from seasoned players over the years. That doesn’t necessarily mean betting exactly what they play, but use the approach of patience, data, and having a plan before you go to the races.

I enjoy listening, but I feel it is the duty of each player to find a system that works for them. You are already there as you are reading on this site. You can check back with the blog selections from WinningPonies.com, and take your game to the next level.

Today and tomorrow should be a glance at who is targeting bigger races. So, check out the site and compare it against your information to see if you are moving in the right direction. Best of luck…..