Arm Yourself

by Ed Meyer

posted on May 13, 2009 in General Discussion, Other Events | No Comments >>

Now, more than ever you need to be armed with the appropriate tools to get the job done. I normally do not play Pimlico, and it is now more than ever that I depend on WinningPonies.

I have been chasing my tail for years. Only a real player will tell you when they lack the knowledge to get the job done. Here it is… I am one of them, and I am not alone…

I love the New York circuit, Kentucky, Chicago-land, the Fairgrounds, Florida, and California. I know, that covers a whole lot of ground. But you did not see Pimlico or the Maryland circuit. I have nothing against them, but I just do not follow them. I even love the little track in Ohio, River Downs, and the value that can be had with shippers.

Each Preakness, I start milling down the info on Thursday for Friday, and Friday for the Preakness.¬† Man, I have to tell you that I am lost. Year after year I have lost consistently. I do score on a race or two, but I feel like I am taking a hammer to fix a glass pane. It just doesn’t work.

I have given up, and now I seek out the best information I can get my hands on. I have read every type, every price range, and met every owner or designer of the big price sheets. The value I have found with WP is far and away the best I found. I use it as a backbone to my handicapping. I let them do the big stroke handicapping, and I fill in how much I can play and where I can put the info to the best use.

My advice is simple. If you are a Maryland maven, go ahead and skip this portion. But if you are like me, now is the best time to go into the race armed and ready. They will take in consideration the weather, the speed ratings, and it easy to use for the novice to expert. Everyone can take something away from the information.

Go ahead. You make the decision. Do you want to hit a race or two like most of us, or do you want to roll the card and take down some scores? I would go with the latter as I am tired of beating myself up for the yearly running of this race.