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HORSE RACING FOR BEGINNERS
So you’re looking to get into the Sport of Kings that is horse racing but not sure where to start? Here is horse racing explained! We have you covered with horse racing tips for beginners. From articles going over the basics of reading the racing form to details on how to wager, different types of wagers, money management and more. We’ve even included a FREE dutch wagering calculator and guide. Best of luck and have fun!
 

BEGINNER ARTICLES

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Managing Your Money at the Horse Racing Track

How to make the most of your Betting Bankroll.

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Daily Double, Pick 3, 4, 5 and 6 Basics

A beginner's Guide to betting across races.

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Exacta, Trifecta, Superfecta Betting Basics

A beginner's Guide to in-race, Exotic Bets.

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Win, Place and Show Betting Basics

A beginner's guide to betting horses to Win, Place and Show.

BASIC BETS
 
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Choose only one horse to win the race and if your selection wins the race, you cash your ticket!
SINGLE-RACE EXOTIC BETS
 
On an exacta wager you need to choose the horses that finish first and second in the correct order to cash your ticket.
MULTI-RACE EXOTIC BETS
 
In the daily double you must pick the winner in two consecutive races to cash your ticket.

DUTCH WAGERING CALCULATOR
If you’re looking for the best way to beat the post time favorites, dutch wagering is the answer. Our partners at Guaranteed Tip Sheet have graciously allowed our readers to use their Dutch Wagering Calculator for PC. Also packaged with the calculator is our Dutch Wagering Guide to get you started.
 
 
DUTCH WAGERING GUIDE
In this free complementary guide to our wagering calculator, we go over the basics of dutch wagering, how to play and beat the favorites for bigger and better payouts. Our guide and calculator will ensure that if one of your chosen horses beats the favorite that you’ll make a profit every time.
Dutch Wagering Guide
LATEST WINNING TIPSHEET RESULTS
THESE ARE A FEW OF OUR RECENT WINNING TIPSHEET PAYOUTS AT VARIOUS TRACKS AROUND THE COUNTRY.
TRACK
DATE & RACE NUMBER
WAGER TYPE
PAYOUT
BELMONT PARK
JUNE 12 (Race #5)
TRIFECTA
$280.00
BELMONT PARK
JUNE 12 (Race #1)
TRIFECTA
$194.48
DELAWARE PARK
JUNE 12 (Race #4)
PICK 4
$519.60
DELAWARE PARK
JUNE 12 (Race #2)
TRIFECTA
$109.40
DELAWARE PARK
JUNE 12 (Race #3)
TRIFECTA
$201.40
GLOSSARY OF HORSE RACING TERMS
A
ACROSS THE BOARD- A bet on a horse to win, place and show. If the horse wins, the player collects three ways; if second, two ways; and if third, one way, losing the win and place bets.
ACTION- A horse's manner of moving.
ADDED MONEY- Money added to the purse of a race by the racing association (or sometimes by a breeding or other fund) to the amount paid by owners in nomination, eligibility, entry and starting fees.
AGENT- A person empowered to transact business of a stable owner or jockey. Also, a person empowered to sell or buy horses for an owner or breeder.
ALL OUT- When a horse extends himself to the utmost.
ALLOWANCE RACE- A race other than claiming for which the racing secretary drafts certain conditions to determine weights.
ALLOWANCES- Weight permitted to be reduced because of the conditions of the race or because an apprentice is on a horse. Also, a weight females are entitled to when racing against males.
ALSO ELIGIBLE- A horse officially entered, but not permitted to start unless the field is reduced by scratches below a specified number.
ALSO-RAN- A horse officially entered, but not permitted to start unless the field is reduced by scratches below a specified number.
APPRENTICE- Rider who has not ridden a certain number of winners within a specified period of time. Also known as a bug boy.
APPRENTICE-ALLOWANCE- Weight concession to an apprentice rider: usually 10 pounds until the fifth winner, seven pounds until the 35th winner and five pounds for one calendar year from the 35th winner.
B
BABY RACE- A race for 2-year-olds.
BACKSTRETCH- Straight of far side of track between the turns. Also stable area.
BACKSIDE- Stable area
BAD ACTOR- Fractious horse.
BAD DOER- Horse with poor appetite.
BALD (or BALD FACE)- White face of horse, including eyes, nostrils or part of the latter.
BANDAGE- Strips of cloth wound around the lower part of a horse's legs for support or protection against injury.
BAR SHOE- A horse shoe with a rear bar to protect an injured foot; bar shoes may be worn with aluminum pads to protect a bruised frog, or my be worn alone.
BAY- Color of horse varying from yellowish tan (light bay) to brown or dark, rich shade of mahogany (sometimes listed as dark bay or brown) with black points- black mane, tail and shadings of black low on the legs.
BEARING IN (or OUT)- Deviating from a straight course. May be due to weariness, infirmity, punishment by rider or rider's inability to control mount.
BELL- Signal sounded when starter opens the gates or, at some tracks, to mark the close of betting.
BIT- Bar in horse's mouth by which he is guided and controlled.
BLACK- Body, head muzzle, flanks and legs are covered with uniform black hair.
BLACK TYPE- Designation for a stakes winner or stakes-placed horse in sales catalogues.
BRACE (or BRACER)- Rubdown liniment used on a horse after a race or a workout.
BLANKET FINISH- Horses finishing so closely together they could be covered by a blanket.
BLAZE- White patch on face of a horse.
BLEEDER- Horse who bleeds during or after a workout or race due to ruptured blood vessel.
BLIND SWITCH- Being caught in a pocket or such a position behind or between horses that a free course cannot be pursued.
BLINKERS- Device to limit a horse's vision to prevent him from swerving from objects or other horses on either side of him.
BLISTER- Counter-irritant to ease pain or to treat an ailment.
BLOOD WORMS- Parasites that get into the blood stream.
BLOW OUT- A short, final workout, usually a day or two before a race, designed to sharpen a horse's speed.
BOARD- Totalisator board on which odds, betting pools and other information is displayed.
Original list from DRF.COM
WHERE TO WAGER PICKS
Not sure where to wager? Other than your local racetrack which likely offers simulcast wagering, there are several online and mobile services where you can place your bets. We’ve listed the most popular on the right. Check here for the best bets in horse racing today!