Night School

by Ed Meyer

posted on November 30, 2010 in General Discussion, Handicapping | 1 Comment >>

The bell has rung, and “The Professor of Ponies” is taking attendance. We all need a refresher from time to time, and in this game, you can’t catch up late or read it in recopied notes. Class is in session…..

First and foremost…. Before you become a TV zombie or a computer sloth, make as many trips to the track as you can. You don’t have to take a second mortgage, but you will get the feel of the game. This is how we all started long before firing up your favorite laptop, and sitting in your shorts playing the ponies. There is NO substitute for being there.

Learn to re-read the program info. I know… You already have this taken care of to the umpteenth power. But, I used to ask players about speed ratings and track variants, and they had no clue. So, peruse at your leisure as it is all online. It is important before you choose any information or data. First, you must have a thorough base to stand, and then having the right data will allow you to make right decisions.

Start by following three circuits. Take your favorite three, and watch the races on replay if you’re not able to see them live. Trip handicapping is the basis of the greats. It has more books written about it, and it is a lost art. Learn to watch the races for biases, and take copious notes. Don’t overwatch the race and wish for something… Take it in, and only comment on the things that really happened.¬† This will help you more in the long run. For the other ovals that you would like to make a play or two, this is where WinningP0nies can step up. Watch your three, and we’ll take care of the rest. This will keep you fresh, and ready to use your bankroll properly.

So, there is class number one….. It was short and sweet, and we will cover some other issues that need¬†addressing before heading to the windows. Be sure to use your data, and don’t second guess. This is what we do, and your job is to use it to win.. We will do just fine, and together we can make the races fun and $uce$$ful!

Class dismissed……