Bankroll and Budgets
When and How Much to Bet
Exotic Betting - Intrarace
Exotic Betting - Multirace
Working with Favorites
One of the things I heard Steve Davidowitz say years ago is to keep a
notebook of horses you are watching leading up to the big days. How did
they run in their prep races? Did they stay on the schedule their
trainers intended? How are they working leading up to the race? Never
is this more important than leading up to the Kentucky Derby and the
rest of the Triple Crown series. Trying to keep all these thoughts
organized in your head will turn into a jumbled mess and you'll likely
forget something important. Being the nerd that I am, I use a database
to keep all of these notes straight, but a simple notebook will work as
I have used a notebook in the past and I have a few suggestions that
will help you keep it organized. By the time you get to the mid summer
races or even the Breeders' Cup you'll have quite a compilation of
notes, so it's important to be able to access this information quickly,
without too much digging.
First, leave a few pages (4-5) blank at the beginning and number all the
pages in the book. In these blank pages write the names of the horses
you are watching and every time you make an entry regarding that horse
put the page number beside the horses name. Also, you can do the same
for race notes.
An example of these would be:
I'll Have Another - 7,10,12
Fountain of Youth Stakes - 13,14.
This way you can easily flip to a certain horse or race. Now since you
will be adding horses and races as you go, obviously these first few
pages will not be in alphabetical order, but at least you will have some
sort of table of contents.
Second, when you make and entry underline the horses name and always put the date beside it.
So for example:
I'll Have Another - 5/1/12 Looked good in final work.
Also, when entering entering a race use all caps for the race name and
then use the above format for each horse you are making notes on in that
SANTA ANITA DERBY - 4/7/12
I'll Have Another - 4/7/12 SA Derby - Liked the way he fought hard in stretch for win
Creative Cause - 4/7/12 SA Derby - Good run and was game, but still seemed a little green in stretch
It seems like a lot of work, but these notes will pay huge dividends as
the horses run against each other. So whether you're using an old
fashion notebook or creating a sophisticated database, doing your
homework can be your best bet for a good bet in the future!