As a fan of horse racing, I tend to watch a lot of races, especially those on the NYRA circuit (Aqueduct-Belmont-Saratoga). From time to time, I will notice a horse who, due to bad rides, track biases, or other factors, wasn’t able to show its best on a given day. My concept for this site is to maintain a list of these Horses to Watch, keeping track of them until they run back. Once they do show up in the entries for their subsequent starts, I can assess whether or not a betting opportunity has presented itself.
To keep things interesting, I also offer weekly handicapping opinions about the NYRA cards and on occasion cover some stakes races from around the country. Under the My Bets tab, I will make some mythical win or exacta wagers and keep track of how I’m doing throughout the year with my Bankroll (which is starting at $1,000). These wagers are merely used to best express my opinions about a given race.
I hope you find this site to be a valuable tool and I welcome your comments!
I am 27 years old and have been a lifelong fan of horse racing. I began going to the races as young child with my father and uncle and my passion has steadily grown over time. I spent years studying my father’s old horse racing VHS tapes and reading books by great handicappers like Andy Beyer and Steve Crist—not to mention my first bible, the forever relevant Handicapper’s Handbook, by Tom Ainslie. I soon started intensely following the sport on my own as I became more fascinated by the challenge of picking winners. In recent years, I’ve been greatly influenced by trip handicappers like NYRA’s excellent Andy Serling and have also taken an interest in studying pedigrees as a useful tool.
While it’s great to have opinions about the races, it’s better to discuss those opinions with others, which was my primary impetus for starting up this blog. I don’t post my selections for any gains other than to hone my own handicapping skills and learn from my mistakes. I merely write these rambling blog entries because I love to do it and enjoy healthy debates about the opinions I put forth.