The Happy Horseplayer

by Ed Meyer

posted on November 18, 2019 in Blogroll, General Discussion, Handicapping, Horse Racing, | No Comments >>

The H.H. is checking in and wants to see how you’re doing? – Me, I’m getting my butt whipped by a nasty head cold. I sound like a mix of Barry White and Trace Adkins. But, I digress. – I had a ‘fever dream” last night and awoke in a frothy sweat. – I was reliving my past year of gambling. That alone is enough to keep you up all night.

I’ve found a few answers. Yes, only a few. – The dream, the cold, and my year at the windows have me wanting to jump in the “Bet-Mobile” and hit the races. – Or, maybe just load up my account and watch and wager from home with a big slug of DayQuil.

As 2019 is winding down, I like to go back and take a look at my past year of wagering. It’s not a Dicken’s-type dream, but I did awake with a new attitude. I would suggest you give it a try. Think of it as going in for a massage and steam. It gets rid of all the toxins.


1. – Bet too much / Bet too little

I’ve always been a big fan of making power plays on your best bets. – You decide. Turf, dirt, poly, sprint, routes. You make the call. – Find your niche and turn it loose. Looking back on the year I didn’t make enough big bets on races I loved and found myself making small bets on races with little opinion.

This is the worst of the worst for me. – I warn, argue, and beg you not to do the same and fall into my own trap. – No matter what your “unit” bet ( $2, $5, $100) find the best races on the card that fit your strength. Say you’ve found four races. Now, select the top two you really like. – If you normally bet $2, make it a $5 bet. Just double your wager and watch your bottom line. I’ll bet dollars to donuts you’ll do much better in the long run. – No more “tap dancing” wagers in 2020. Those are the ones where you wager to have action. – Don’t punish yourself, the year is in the books. Just take a good look at what you’re doing and make the needed corrections.

2. – Blame Game

I have a friend who will find blame for any loss she endures. – The horse loses by a nose, it’s my fault. A nice winner who pays sweet. – Her friend talked her out of betting too much. You get the idea.

This year, start taking responsibility for your bets. – It’s your bet and your call. Nobody is holding a gun to your back. – Don’t make excuses and get in the game. – Get a grip on the blame game and you’ll start enjoying the action.

Even though it’s not my bad habit it is one worth mentioning. – How many people do you know can blame the wind, sun, or too many people cheering? – Yeah, you get it. Don’t be this gambler.


3. -Info Overload

Players tend to think the more info they have they are finding the secret sauce to winning. Not true. – You’re on a great site for handicapping info and the year is off and running. – The year has yielded $8,476,373 in exotic payouts. These are the E-Z Win Form predictions that have been on fire. – If you played the Breeders’ Cup you may have noticed a $55,668.00 pick-six payout. If you downloaded the E-Z Win Forms you may have been on board for the big win. – We had plenty of winning members who’ve been long-time believers in the system. – It’s never too late and there is still plenty of racing to finish up strong in 2019. – Make Winning Ponies your one-stop-shop for all of your handicapping needs.