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Exacta vs. quinella vs. Omni/Swinger: Which should you bet?
Fans of international horse racing know there are three similar but distinct exotic wagers found on a typical betting menu: the exacta, the quinella, and the Omni/Swinger.
Step-by-step: How to bet a Pick 5
The Pick 5 is one of the most popular wagers in horse racing, and for many good reasons. If you’re wondering how to bet a Pick 5, we have you covered.
What are Omni/Swinger bets, and how do you play them?
If you’ve ever dipped your toes into betting on international horse racing, you’ve probably noticed an unfamiliar bet type called the Omni/Swinger. But how hard is the Omni/Swinger to play and hit?
How to handicap Royal Ascot stakes for juveniles
One of the distinguishing features of Royal Ascot is the six stakes devoted to two-year-olds during the annual five-day meeting.
What are claiming races? Here are the basics
In North America, claiming races are among the most common types of Thoroughbred horse races conducted at racetracks across the continent. But what exactly are they?
What are Brisnet Speed and Pace rating pars?
Have you ever wondered how to use Brisnet Speed and Pace rating pars? Let's dive in and explore what they offer.
Fact or myth: Are all North American dirt tracks one mile in circumference?
If you follow North American horse racing, perhaps you've come to believe the vast majority of Thoroughbred racetracks are one-mile dirt ovals. But is that really the case?
What are Brisnet Speed and Pace ratings?
Once upon a time, a long time ago, judging raw pace fractions and final times was the only way to gauge the speed of a race. Then speed figures burst on to the scene and changed everything.
5 Preakness handicapping trends to consider
To enhance our understanding of Pimlico’s signature 1 3/16-mile race, let’s explore five Preakness (G1) handicapping trends worth keeping in mind.
Explaining program numbers and post positions
If you’re just getting started betting on Thoroughbred horse races, it can be easy to confuse program numbers and post position numbers. It's important to know they're not always the same.
What is the Kentucky Oaks/Derby Double?
When the Kentucky Derby (G1) and Kentucky Oaks (G1) roll around, it’s common to hear handicappers discuss their plays for the “Oaks/Derby Double.” But have you ever wondered what this wager entails?
Top 10 fastest Kentucky Derby times in history
From a legendary Triple Crown winner to a high-priced yearling who stole the heart of a Japanese racing enthusiast, here are the 10 horses with the fastest winning times in Kentucky Derby history.
Top 10 Most Successful Trainers in Kentucky Derby History
Based on overall number of victories, as well as second- and third-place finishes, here are the 10 most successful trainers in Kentucky Derby history.
Top 10 Preakness trends
To get you ready for the second leg of the Triple Crown, let's look back on the last decade of races, as we examine the top 10 Preakness racing trends.
Top 10 best racehorses of all time
Ranking the greatest racehorse of all time is an exercise fraught with challenges and subjectivity. But I'm going to give it a try.
Top 10 Fastest Horse Breeds in the World
From the noble Arabian poised for battle to the esteemed equines who run in the Kentucky Derby, let's explore the 10 fastest horse breeds in the world.
How to read a Brisnet horse racing program
Have you ever wondered how to read a racing program? Then you’ve come to the right place.
The Science of Horse Racing: Changing Leads
Horses can switch their leading leg, called changing leads, during every type of stride.
Pari-mutuel vs. fixed-odds wagering: How are they different?
Sports bettors are accustomed to fixed-odds wagering. Horse racing bettors are widely familiar with pari-mutuel wagering. But how do they differ? And is one better than the other?
What happens when a horse race is "off the turf?"
Perhaps you’ve heard of horse races being taken “off the turf.” But unless you’re familiar with racing lingo and the broad workings of the sport, the meaning of the phrase isn’t necessarily obvious.
How to read horse racing workout lines
Reviewing workouts is a key component when analyzing unraced horses or horses returning from long breaks. We'll teach you how to read all the numbers and abbreviations involved in workout lines.
Recent trends in the San Felipe Stakes
The $400,000 San Felipe S. (G2) has a recent history (2010 onwards) that's been slightly different than other races we've explored this week.
Recent trends in the Fountain of Youth Stakes
Arguably the most anticipated of the Kentucky Derby (G1) preps on Saturday is the $400,000 Fountain of Youth S. (G2) at Gulfstream Park. Here are some recent trends worth noting about the Fountain of Youth since 2010.
What is a turf course? Everything you need to know
You’ve probably gathered that many horse races take place on grass. Others, it seems, take place on turf. Or are they one and the same?
Recent trends in the Gotham Stakes
The Gotham S. (G3) will be the first of four Kentucky Derby (G1) point-scoring races on March 5. Here are three trends worth noting about the Aqueduct fixture since 2010.
Recent trends in the Risen Star Stakes
Here are three things to know about the recent history of the Risen Star.
Step-by-step: How to bet a Pick 6
In terms of difficulty, all other wagers pale in comparison to the Pick 6, which dares you to select the winners of six consecutive races.
When maiden special weight to maiden claiming isn't a class drop
Many handicappers consider the drop from maiden special weight to maiden claiming company to be one of the biggest class drops in horse racing. But it's not always the descent it appears to be.
The Top 5 Races in Australia for 2021
Here are the top five Australian races for 2021, in chronological order.
What is a bullring racetrack, and how should you bet one?
Generally speaking, there isn’t much variety among North American Thoroughbred racetracks. But once in a while, you’ll hear the term “bullring racetrack” tossed around—what does it mean?
What is betting "across the board," and is it a smart strategy?
Like any sport, horse racing comes with its fair share of specialized lingo. One confusing phrase you’re bound to encounter is “across the board.”
How to understand and use average winning distance statistics
Average winning distance (AWD) stats can be useful when handicapping horse races. But the numbers must be analyzed in context with the realities of average race distances in North America.
What are coupled entries, and how should you bet them?
Coupled entries are among the more confusing aspects of betting horse races. But once you dig into the details, they’re not quite as complicated as they seem.
Exploring jockey stats and win percentages
While horses are naturally the most important factor in handicapping any horse race, many bettors look toward jockey statistics to strengthen their opinions and separate top contenders.
Breeders' Cup: Trends worth remembering from Del Mar's first BC
As Del Mar plays host to the Breeders' Cup for a second time next month, we scout out the more notable trends from its first in 2017.
Using Brisnet dam stats for pedigree handicapping
Analyzing the produce records of broodmares can help steer you toward informative betting angles.
Using Brisnet sire stats for pedigree handicapping
Analyzing pedigrees can be a helpful tool for identifying which runners are suited to particular race conditions. And sire statistics are some of the most useful pedigree tools to utilize.
An introduction to track conditions (and all the related lingo)
Thoroughbred horse racing is an outdoor sport, with races typically taking place rain or shine. That means track conditions can vary widely with the weather.
What is the History of entering a horse into a horse race?
The roots of racing in medieval England were planted when horses for sale were ridden in competition to demonstrate their speed to potential buyers.
5 important trends for Kentucky Downs
Large fields, rich purses, and enticing betting payoffs are par for the (unique European-style turf) course at Kentucky Downs, which will host its annual six-day meet starting Sep. 5.
Speed & Class Ratings: Juveniles Wit, High Oak among standouts
The juveniles to make the biggest impression to date on the path to the 2021 Breeders' Cup.
What are morning line odds, and what do they mean?
If you’ve bet on horse racing in the past, you’re probably familiar with the term "morning line odds." But if you’re a little hazy on the definition, never fear—we'll get you up to speed.
What is a guaranteed pool, and how does one work?
Sometimes, you’ll see racetracks advertise high-profile wagers featuring “guaranteed pools.” But what exactly is a guaranteed pool, and how does one work?
What is a single, and why are they valuable?
Hang around horseplayers long enough, and you might start to wonder—what are these coveted “singles” they refer to when betting multi-race wagers like the Pick 4, Pick 5, and Pick 6?
What is a World Pool, and how does it work?
Once in a while, you might hear the term “World Pool” pop up in reference to international horse racing. Have you ever wondered what it means?
Dirt, turf, and synthetic: An introduction to racing surfaces
You know how tennis is played across three main court surfaces—acrylic hard courts, clay courts, and grass courts? Horse racing is pretty much the same.
What is takeout, and how does it affect betting profits?
If you’re a fan of fine dining at home, you’re probably a wholehearted supporter of takeout. But if you’re a bettor, then takeout comes with a much different definition.
Analyzing the running styles of 2021 Preakness contenders
To aid our handicapping of the Preakness (G1), let’s break down the contenders into four running style quadrants, based on their past performances and post positions.
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