A betting strategy or betting system is a calculated approach to gambling – horse gambling in this case, which is intended to counter or upset the partiality that inherently favors the house or bookmakers in any sports betting event. Any successful strategy increases the players’ odds of winning in order to produce long term profits. These days, horse racing systems are based on financial systems such as hedging or placing wagers on multiple outcomes in a single race; or arbitrage betting wherein the player lays a running horse a low price and backs it at a high price with a different bookie. The latter is more popularly known as Dutching or Dutch betting. Exotic bets have their own winning strategies.
However, it should be taken into consideration that the denotation for the word “strategy” means a plan or method or stratagems or series of maneuvers for obtaining a specific goal or result. It does not translate to a fool-proof, 100%, error-free winning move for those huge pay-offs or that elusive jackpot.
There are many websites and booklets available everywhere offering horse gambling strategies, but applying them to a players’ ticket is a matter of choice. It should be noted that seasoned players usually come up with their own winning strategies. For new players, perhaps the best horse strategy would be the ones freely given. Spending money on these so-called winning strategies is a waste of effort, money and time.
Here are a few strategies your might want to try, but remember these are merely suggestions and can afford you no winning guarantee:
For Exactas: play your 1,2,3 with 1,2,3,4 at $2 each with a possible turnover of $18. The basic rule here is that the odds of all 4 horses must total 14 or more to make it profitable. For the more adventurous player, you may try to key in #4 with a longshot or a horse with considerable odds mounted against him.
For Trifectas: play 1,2 with 1,2 with 1,2,3,4 or 1,2 with 1,2,3 with 1,2,3,4. Wheeling combinations depends primarily on how much you are willing to stake for each ticket.
For Pick-3s: Try one of these two methods. The first one is just to play the top 3 in each 3 races for a cost of $54. The second method involves picking a value horse plus a backup runner in one leg. Your tickets may look like thus:
o Ticket One: 1,2,3 with 1 with 1,2,3,4 for a total value of $24.
o Ticket Two: 1,2 with 1, with 1,2 for a total value of $8.
o Ticket Three: 1,2,3 with 2. with 1,2 for a total value of $12.
Supposing that your value horse is #1, and it wins the race, then you have a chance of cashing in 2 winning tickets. This second method is also cheaper than the first and has a higher probability of hitting Pick-3 twice.