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6 Essential Tips from Daily Racing Forum to Playing the Races and Picking a Winner

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The starting gate is about to open to another thrilling season of thoroughbred horse racing. This weekend, throngs of people will head to the world-class Del Mar Thoroughbred Club (San Diego, CA) and historic Saratoga Race Course (Saratoga Springs, NY) for Opening Weekend festivities that mark the official start of the summer racing season. For the first-time track visitor or a novice player, placing a bet can be a daunting experience. Picking a winner – or handicapping -- is not luck, but a skill.

Since 1894, Daily Racing Form (DRF) has been the go-to source for all the latest news on thoroughbred racing as well as exclusive wagering tools and analysisfor players to win more frequently, with more confidence. To help your readers get in on the action and determine the “best bet” for a great day at the races, John Hartig, CEO of DRF, offers the following 6 key factors to look for when picking a winner:

1)    Beyer Speed Figures: DRF’s powerful tool measures how fast a horse runs -- the higher the Beyer Speed Figure number, the faster the horse. The Beyer Speed Figure is one of the single most important factors to consider in your handicapping.

2)    Odds: The “favorite” is the horse that has had the most money wagered on it to win, while the “long-shots” have had the least money wagered on them. The favorite has the shortest odds (usually 2-1 or less), returning the smallest profit on a win. A longshot has higher odds (such as 8-1 or more), returning a much larger profit for a win.

3)    When Did The Horse Last Race?: Check the dates of a horse’s most recent races. A horse that races regularly and often is probably fit and prepared.

4)    Where Did He Finish Last Race?: You want to bet on a horse that consistently finishes “in-the-money” which means in either first (win), second (place) or third (show) position.

5)    Career Box: This summary shows the total number of wins, second and third place finishes a horse has achieved during both his entire career and the current year. It also shows his results just for that track or at a similar distance.

6)    Running Style: Horses generally fall one of three categories: “frontrunner”, “middle of the pack” or “comes from behind”. DRF will show you where a horse typically likes to run so you can determine the overall style of the race. For example, if the race is full of frontrunners who like to battle early for the lead, there’s a good chance they may tire quickly and slow down, setting the race up for a horse that comes from behind.

For more handicapping basics, check out DRF’s Guide to Racing 101.

Can’t make it to the track? You can still get in on the action with DRF’s Saratoga All-Access Package and Del Mar All-Access Package that include everything that players at all levels, from new to experienced, need to win:

  •     2012 Players Guide: 46 pages of meet stats and DRF insights
  •     DRF GamePlan: the best betting opportunities every weekend for the entire meet
  •     DRF Past Performances: daily racecards for the meet

These All-Access Packages are available starting at $69.95 – a 69% savings from buying each component separately – at In addition, players can go to to place their wager with DRF Bets as well as get complete Del Mar and Saratoga coverage, including breaking news, video analysis by expert handicappers, and more.

For more information or to schedule an interview with John Hartig, CEO of
Daily Racing Form, please contact Tami McCarthy at 212.750.5755 or tami(at)tmgpr(dot)com.

About Daily Racing Form
Daily Racing Form, "America's Turf Authority since 1894" for Thoroughbred racing horseplayers and professionals throughout North America, is the Thoroughbred industry's dominant multi-channel media company. Launched in 1894, Daily Racing Form is the only daily newspaper in the U.S. dedicated solely to the coverage of a single sport, publishing up to 2,000 unique pages of statistical and editorial copy every day, in as many as 30 daily editions, 364 days a year. Its companion website, is the industry’s most heavily trafficked destination for news, proprietary tools and content for wagering through its online betting portal, DRFBets, the fastest growing online betting service in the U.S. Additionally, Daily Racing Form publishes Harness Eye, the daily newspaper for Standardbred racing since 1964, offering news and both print and digital past performances specifically for Harness players. The Company also owns two premium digital properties, Head2Head and StatFox, which deliver and syndicate in-depth fantasy sports and sports odds content.

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