Here are a few easy strategies you can use in online sports betting that may be useful to a potential bettor:

Wager on the favorite

The favorite is the horse with the lowest odds, or the one on which the most money has been bet. Favorites win roughly a third of the time. This is not always a good wagering technique as it can cost very little for the favourites.

Buy a tip sheet or handicap aid

These are prepared by professional handicappers and can provide useful wagering selections. A few of our past performance partners offer them for purchase.

Watch the horses

Watch the signal being broadcast while the horses are in the paddock and in the Post Parade.

Below are certain handicap considerations that can be used to help in making a wager:

Class

Class is hard to define, but it’s unmistakable on the racetrack. It seems that horses divide themselves into competitive levels.

Pace

“Pace makes the game.” This old expression of racing leads to another factor that you should remember when making your bets— the speed of competition. Generally speaking, a horse can not have it both ways. That is, he can not run extremely quickly early and still has enough reserve to run fast late in the race. In general, a fast pace means that the horses on the front will tire and thus help the runners who are closing the ground.

If the past performances indicate that there are several pace horses in a race, considering a horse who likes to rally in the stretch may be a good idea. On the other hand, the horses near the front will be helped by a slow pace because they should have something left for the race to end. You may consider only one legal pace horse in a particular race when you research the past performances. If that horse gets loose on the front end and has the race all to himself without putting any pressure on him, he expects to have something left for the homestretch and should be hard to overcome.

The Jockeys and Trainers.

It’s always wise to take individual factors into account. Many trainers do well with 2-year-olds, while others are especially skilled with long-distance shipping ponies. Many jockeys on the front end seem to perform easier and others are better known for their come-from-behind form. A good idea is to review the rankings which display the meeting’s leading trainers and jockeys.

Equipment Changes

In animals, blinkers are used to restrict their vision to keep them from sweeping away from objects or other horses. Changes in blinkers-a horse wearing them for the first time (or for the first time in a number of starts) or running for the first time without them are worth noting. Calks of mud are used for off tracks. Calks, pointed extensions, or cleats on a horseshoe are designed to prevent slipping of a horse. In past performances certain other equipment worn by the horses are noted.

Trip

Following his horse during the running of the race and again on the replays after the race is important for a bettor to see what kind of trip he has. Was the horse at the start pressed around, or was it brought wide on the right, or was it stopped at the quarter pole? A horse that loses a race due to a troubled trip could be a good bet in its next start. In the past performance tracks, difficulty faced by a horse during a race is usually seen.

Weight

Weight will stop a freight train, as the old saying goes, so it’s particularly important to notice when horses bear much more weight than they did in their last run. Conversely, watching for horses who carry much less weight than they did in their last outing is just as significant. Another explanation is that weight plays a greater role in long races, but another line of argument is that in sprints, weight is every bit as important.

Breeding

Breeding is an inaccurate science, but a careful pedigree study can increase the chances of a bettor at the breeds. Some horses have been bred for speed, others have inherited endurance from their sires and dams and can run long distances and some horses are bred for grass racing.

Condition

Condition can be the most difficult factor to master in handicap. It is defined as a thoroughbred’s fitness-how prepared to run a given race. Highly important are the dates of the most recent workouts and races of the horse, and the likely effects of this operation on his current condition. A consistent routine of training is a good indication of health when a horse runs for the first time in a month or so.

In general, a good time for a workout is when a horse covers the distance for each furlong in 12 seconds or less-36 seconds or less for three furlongs, 48 seconds or less for four furlongs, etc.. A “short” horse is not trained to the last ounce of its energy, and is therefore not fit enough for the race in which it runs. He’ll tire, shortening his pace before the end of the race.

Medications

Lasix and Butazolidin are medications given to racehorses. Lasix, a diuretic, is used to prevent bleeding in the nostrils, pharynx, or lungs (some horses suffer from a ruptured vein-or veins), and Bute is an anti-inflammatory medicine. For the first time, some disabled people are paying close attention to a horse race on Lasix or Bute, believing that these medicines could improve the performance of that runner.