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Three Secrets To Winning Handicapping Contests

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This guest post is by Lenny Moon of Equinometry.

Pattern recognition is an important ability to have if you want to be successful as a horseplayer. Just as history has a way of repeating itself so to do results in horse races. That is why it is extremely important to review your handicapping at the end of each day. Keeping detailed records of which races you excel in and which you struggle with will not only increase profits but make you a better horseplayer.

The same principle applies to handicapping contests. At the conclusion of each contest it is important to look back at the results of the contest races and your selections, especially when you perform poorly. Did you miss a key piece of information on that long shot winner? Did you incorrectly throw out a winning favorite that you thought was vulnerable? Were most of the winners among your contenders or did you eliminate them?

I perform this exercise after each handicapping contest and recently it really paid off. After reviewing the race results of several mediocre handicapping contest performances I had an epiphany. I saw a pattern that had been there all along but for some reason eluded me.

Now I could keep this to myself but I want to help you improve as a horseplayer and a handicapping contest player. So here are the three secrets that improved my handicapping contest results in the last few weeks.

Favorites Can Be Your Friend

Favorites win one in three races. That has been a long standing rule for as long as I remember and it still holds true today. In a ten race handicapping contest on average three post time favorites will win. If you are like me you are always trying to beat the favorite and if you are like me you often get frustrated when the favorite ruins a bet or wins a contest race.

Here’s the first secret: it is okay to pick favorites in handicapping contests. This is contrary to the advice that most of you have probably been given but think about it for a minute. If you pick against the favorite in every race you are going to lose roughly one in three. Are you a good enough handicapper to give your competition a three or four race advantage in a handicapping contest? I know I am not.

 

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Tony Bada Bing began his lifelong quest of finding winners more than 35 years ago as a fifth grade student. This is when his grandfather first took him to the many Off Track Betting facilities sprinkled throughout Long Island, NY. While many kids his age were clamoring to hit the beach or an amusement park during summer vacation, Bada Bing was spending it in stuffy, smoked-filled rooms filled with retirees and reprobates listening to Marshall Cassidy on tape delay calling Saratoga.

This passion was further lit by his father, who took Bada Bing to East Boston's Suffolk Downs, only after Bada Bing learned to read the Racing Form. For most of his young adult life a summer rotation of NY OTB, Suffolk, and the now shuddered Rockingham Park in Salem, NH filled his betting days. 

Notable winners along the way: Willow Hour's and Runaway Groom's Travers wins as well as Derby winners Grindstone, Thunder Gulch (which he called in print the day before) and Super Saver. His latest quest is to hit the Kentucky Derby superfecta.

Bada Bing plays tournaments at Derby Wars, bets through several account wagering sites and has blogged about Thoroughbred racing for the past four years. He prefers the bigger meets of NYRA and California as well as seasonal meets of Gulfstream, Churchill and Oaklawn. He likes vertical, multirace wagers like Pick 4s.

He has produced several Horse Racing Nation videos, in addition to blogging. He can be found at Twitter @tonycbadabing. While away from the track Bada Bing enjoys time with his wife, who tolerates and supports his passion, and his two children.