The last couple of days I have been playing Belmont Park fairly heavily and managed to throw-em a beating on back to back days which doesn’t always happen but it’s what I aim to do each time. Seriously, who bets to lose right? Today I hear all the misery and started thinking why did I fare better than most everyone?
1st, I didn’t bet even close to every race on the card and was very selective in the races I chose to wager on.
2nd, the two types of races I bet had one thing in common and that was smaller fields. No races with double digit entries.
3rd, the smaller fields I played either had horses I was very familiar with or a wagering option I couldn’t pass up.
4th, I did my homework! Yes I understand that not everyone can spend all day reading every article they can find on horse racing and handicapping but anyone can read a few articles a week! Daily Racing News writer Greg Melikov called it back on May 27th when I posted his article Belmont Stakes – Look for Longshots that one of the horses with longer odds was going to in fact win the Belmont Stakes!
5th, between the large field, the muddy track, too many short priced horses and more with long odds to cover than I cared to make a bid at, I simply did not bet the Belmont Stakes! I was indifferent on this race more than any other on the card for both Fridays schedule and Saturdays so I didn’t make a single lousy bet; instead I grabbed a cocktail, looked at the nice bankroll in my account, put my feet up and simply enjoyed the 143rd running of the Belmont Stakes and the debacle it turned out to be.
I know many are probably asking what is this guy talking about? But here is the deal, you shouldn’t have gone to the Belmont Stakes to bet on one race, you should have gone to Belmont Park to bet the races and one of them happened to be the Belmont Stakes which was the final leg of the Triple Crown which didn’t matter because there was no Triple Crown bid on the line.
You can approach your wagering in one of two styles, 1) Stick to the 5 P’s (Proper preparation prevents poor performance) and play smart to give you the best chance of winning possible or 2) You can go with the wing and a prayer approach which might work here and there but don’t bank on it for long.
The one thing I do know for sure is this.
At the end of the day either you are going to walk away with the tracks money or they are going to walk away with yours…