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Betting Guides and Handicapping Questions

Horse Racing Betting Guides

The Free Horse Racing Betting Guides Library

A definitive resource for all your handicapping needs. Guides, definitions, strategies, basic and core. Newcomers to betting and hard core horse players with custom database strategies, all can find useful information to further your game here.

Successful handicappers know every detail in regard to the horses upon which they are intending to place their money. – Pittsburg Phil aka George E. Smith

Our 2018 PDF Library of free betting guides:

The Beginners Guide to Betting 101
2018 Fair Grounds Live Race Meet Betting Guide
2018 Oaklawn Park Live Race Meet Betting Guide
Read our 2017 betting guides archive.

Read our articles on betting tips below:

Betting for beginners

While there are number of ways in which to play an individual race, the basic wagers that have been the sport’s backbone for decades are fairly simple and an easy introduction to the “Sport of Kings.”

What do odds mean in horse racing?

Odds are the return you can expect to get if the horse you bet on is successful. It reflects the amount of money bet on a horse; the more money that is invested, the shorter the odds.

How to win betting horses

You have to think differently than the other bettors, but before you can think differently you must understand how they think.

5 Tools for Informed Handicapping

5 Important Pieces of Information to use When Handicapping a Horse Race.

What is pari-mutuel wagering?

The most important thing to know about betting on horse races in North America is that it’s predominantly pari-mutuel.

How do I bet horse-racing using pedigrees?

No matter what track(s) you bet or days of the week you might play, many a handicapping riddle can be clarified, or sometimes solved, by a closer examination of a horse’s pedigree.

How do I pick winners by handicapping pace?

Before computers, horseplayers had to calculate their own Pace Ratings if they wanted to know how fast a horse ran to a specific point-of-call in a race.

How do I bet a trifecta?

The Trifecta is not one of the oldest exotics wagers, but it is an extension of the Exacta and Quinella that were introduced slightly more than a half-century ago.

How do I place a pick 4 bet?

In the last couple of decades, the Pick 4 has evolved into one of the most popular exotic wagers in horse racing.

How do I bet a Superfecta and Handicap Payouts?

Orb began a string of four consecutive favorites, and since Fusaichi Pegasus snapped a 20-year drought for favorites, the public’s wagering choice has won 8 of the past 17 Derbys.

How do I bet the Kentucky Derby?

The Kentucky Derby, on the other hand, is an altogether unique event. Generally comprised of the 20 best three-year-olds in the country, virtually none will have previously participated in a race with this depth of talent nor over 1 1/4 miles.

How do I bet the Belmont Stakes?

That leaves the Belmont Stakes, at least recently, as the most challenging handicapping puzzle among the triumvirate.

How do I bet the Triple Crown?

Before getting into the “how-to” of betting the Triple Crown, it might be appropriate to explain “why” betting the Triple Crown is such an enticing proposition.

How to bet using the iPhone App

Wagering on races has never been easier with the launch of’s iPhone app.

How to bet using Android App or in a Mobile browser

In this era of mobile phones, wagering on horse racing has never been easier or more convenient. This is especially true for customers who use an Android device.

More Helpful Resources Offered By TwinSpires:

Racetrack Listing From Around the World

Major Thoroughbred Races and Events

Research Famous Thoroughbred Horses

Read Jockey Profiles

Read Trainer Profiles

Common Horse Racing Betting Terms

Learn About the History and Origin of Horse Racing Terms

What Is the History of the Kentucky Derby Future Wager?
What is the History of the Word Handicapping?
What is the History of the Word Betting?
What is the History of Wagering?
What is the History of Simulcasting

Archive of Free Betting Guides for Horse Racing

2017 Betting Guides

The 2017 Kentucky Derby Betting Guide
The 2017 Preakness Stakes Betting Guide
The 2017 Belmont Stakes Betting Guide
The 2017 Royal Ascot Betting Guide
The 2017 Queen's Plate Betting Guide
The 2017 Del Mar Race Meet Guide
The 2017 Saratoga Race Meet Guide
The 2017 Arlington Million Betting Guide
The 2017 Pacific Classic Betting Guide
The 2017 Travers Stakes Betting Guide
The 2017 Churchill Downs Fall Meet Betting Guide
The 2017 Juvenile 2-year-old Betting Guide
The 2017 Breeders' Cup Betting Guide


Action. Action can be found in watching tremendous four legged athletes compete or turning a $2 bet into a $200 profit. Horse racing offers a unique opportunity to wager legally and satisfy any desire for excitement.

Unlock the enigma of exotic bets and learn how decades worth of data and experience can combine to create strategies to live by for your handicapping. A game of strategy, knowledge, pedigree, and stats can be aided with TwinSpires’ handicapping portal and guides. Help is here for those new to the game as well as the gristled veteran in their 50th start. The challenge is ever changing, but keys to success are timeless.