Exclusive: Money Management for Winners by Frank Scantoni

Thu May 02 2019TwinSpires Staff

Effective money management is crucial to long-term success. If you want to conquer the gambling world, you need to have the proper money-management skills to protect your bankroll but also help it grow year in and year out.
How To Bet Horse Racing Podcast: Pedigree Handicapping the Kentucky Derby

Thu Apr 25 2019Ed DeRosa

The most common question when handicapping the Kentucky Derby after "Who do you like" is "Can he get the distance?" A horse's pedigree is often used to help identify horses with a potential ability for 1 1/4 miles on dirt, but it can provide many ...
Using Trainer Angles in Handicapping, Part 5

Mon Jan 07 2019J. Keeler Johnson

You’ve probably heard the talk—the talk of how trainer has become essentially unbeatable with his two-year-olds. Maybe “unbeatable” is a bit of a stretch, but it isn’t far from the truth either. In 2018, Baffert’s two-year-olds compiled an otherw ...
Tips and Trends for Handicapping Marathons

Wed Dec 12 2018J. Keeler Johnson

Marathon horse races held over 1 ¾ miles or farther aren’t all that common in North America, and when they are on the agenda, some handicappers find themselves puzzled by the unusual challenge of handicapping such long-distance races. What do you ...
Betting Regional Class Advantages, Part 2

Wed Dec 05 2018J. Keeler Johnson

In a recent article here on BetAmerica , we discussed how regional class advantages can exist throughout the sport of horse racing and produce to profitable wagering opportunities. Our first example noted how turf horses from the East Coast ten ...
Betting Regional Class Advantages, Part 1

Sun Nov 25 2018J. Keeler Johnson

While the old saying “a good horse can come from anywhere” is certainly true, it’s also true that good horses are more likely to come from some places than others. A great example comes from California, where a greater emphasis is placed on dirt r ...
Betting Races on Soft Turf, Part 1: Why Europeans Can Have an Edge

Sun Nov 11 2018J. Keeler Johnson

Relatively speaking, racehorses in North America don’t get many opportunities to run on truly soft, rain-inundated turf courses. When heavy rains strike, turf races are frequently transferred to the dirt track in order to preserve the grass. But i ...
Should You Bet Horses Returning on Short Rest?

Mon Oct 22 2018J. Keeler Johnson

Although there has been a tendency in recent years for trainers to give their horses more and more time between races, there are some trainers still willing to run their horses back in a week or less, and when you can identify a trainer who’s skille ...
Exploring the Advantages of First-Time Lasix

Sun Oct 07 2018J. Keeler Johnson

If you’ve followed horse racing for any amount of time, you’ve probably heard phrases like “first-time Lasix” or “racing without Lasix.” But what does it all mean? For the most part, racehorses in North America are treated with Lasix a few hours p ...
Deciphering Track Biases, Part 2

Tue Aug 14 2018J. Keeler Johnson

Wouldn’t it be nice if we could predict when track biases will appear and wager accordingly, yielding impressive profits while simultaneous gaining some bragging rights? Perhaps it sounds far-fetched, but truthfully, it’s not as hard as it sounds. ...
Deciphering Track Biases, Part 1

Mon Aug 06 2018J. Keeler Johnson

Track biases… is there a more mysterious aspect of handicapping horse races? Maybe, but I'm not sure what it would be. In essence, track biases are simple enough. Their name says it all—some tracks can be biased toward horses racing on the lead, o ...
How to Bet the Double

Fri Jul 20 2018J. Keeler Johnson

If you’re just getting started betting on horse races , you might be confused by the multitudes of wagering options available, with many types boasting unusual names that aren’t necessarily self-explanatory. But never fear—BetAmerica is here to ...
Synthetic to Dirt: A Valuable, Overlooked Angle

Tue Jul 17 2018J. Keeler Johnson

Although the glory days of synthetic racetracks seem to be over in North America—tracks like Santa Anita, Del Mar, and Keeneland have all gone back to dirt in recent years—many synthetic racing surfaces remain installed at tracks across the continen ...