The Best Horse Racing Advice

| June 6, 2019
The final seconds of a horse race are the most thrilling in sport. However, there are some things to know before getting involved in betting.

The excitement of watching your horse cross the finish line first cannot be put into words. The last few seconds of horse races are vital as anything can happy, much to the excitement of punters. However, did you know that you can also spread bet on horse racing?

By the end of this article, you’ll be well acquainted with the basics of horse racing with some insights about the betting at horse racing events.

History of Horse Racing

Americans have the British to thank for horse racing, the settlers brought in horses (and horse racing). Not long after that, the first racetrack was arranged in 1665 and by 1890, the United States was home to 314 race tracks. 

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There’s one breed of horses that is the crowd’s favorite for racing. Can you guess which breed that is?

That’s right! 

Thoroughbred or purebred horses have a huge history going back to the 1700s in England and are absolute favourites when it comes to horse racing.

Before getting into more details here’s a fun fact:

The birthday of every purebred horse is recorded as January 1.

What’s the reason behind it?

To allow the horses a sufficient growing period before their first race, in the northern hemisphere breeders have mares foal as close to January 1stas possible.

All thoroughbreds trace back their lineage to either three of the following stallions:

  1. Byerly Turk
  2. Darley Arabian
  3. Godolphin Arabian

Named after the last names of their owners, these are the mares the reason that every thoroughbred is ideal for racing. These horses were bred to heavier boned native horses to get the offspring best suited for racing. 

What happens in a horse race?

Most thoroughbred horse races last for 2 minutes. Horse racing fans will tell you there’s more thrill in those two minutes than an entire football game. 

In the race, horses compete on a course of defined length which may or may not include steeplechases. Aintree is a racecourse known for its annual steeplechase run the Aintree Grand National that includes 16 infamous obstacles that scare even the best jockeys. 

A common sight at any horse racing event is pari-mutuel betting, which is legal in 32 US states. The Kentucky Derby or The Run for the Roses is the most famous horse race in the United States. 

According to CNN Money, 138 Million Dollars was legally bet on horse racing in 2015.

So, how do you get in on the betting action? Here are the basics of horse betting.

Tips & Tricks

It’s clear that betting on horse racing has a lot going for it, but there are a few things to be aware of before you dive in.

  • Know the terms – Before placing your bets, make sure you understand the common terminology of gambling. 
  • Types of Bets – In the US, there are three types of bets you’ll be dealing with; win, place or show. 

In the win, predict the winning horse that’ll end up in the first place.

In the place, predict a horse that finishes second or first to win.

In the show, place your bet on your favorite horse and if it finishes third or higher, you win.

  • Don’t go overboard –Know when you’ve lost, and when to back off. Don’t keep raising your bet without thinking clearly about the consequences. Don’t spend more than you must, to avoid bankruptcy. 

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