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Horse Racing Wagering System:
The Food Payers Of Horse Racing
Beginner's Luck At The Racetrack
Backward Is Forward In Racing Systems
The Good Old Summer Time At The Track
Came The Rains - And Disaster At The Racetrack
Cheap Horses Are Expensive
Females Are Unreliable In Horse Racing
The Long Trail Of Horse Racing
When Is The Trainer Trying With His Horses
Three Old Reliable Horses
More Horse Racing Tips
( Originally Published mid 1950's )
When a horse runs a poor race, many a disgruntled race goer who had a bet on him will shrug off his loss with the remark: "Oh well, the trainer wasn't trying."
Now it usually is possible to avoid "stiffs" of this kind by taking a simple precaution. The idea is to demand that the horse must have 2 recent races under his belt, in the past 24 days, to be exact, if he is in a claiming race today.
The reason for this rule is that many trainers who have given a horse a rest do not try to get the animal back into top shape for his next start merely by giving him work outs, unless he is going into a big race. These trainers usually prefer to "run" the steed into shape by giving him one or two "easy" races before shooting the works.
A turf investor therefore may avoid quite a few losing wagers, in claiming races, by staying away from these "rested" horses.
In order to get a horse into shape for a short race, a trainer also has to make sure that the steed can "break" quickly, that is, get away from the starting gate fast so that the horse does not get lost in the shuffle in the run for the first turn.
The rule is that the horse generally must have broken eighth or better in his last race, if he is going today in a race at less than 7 furlongs.
Also, if a horse in a race at less than 7 furlongs today has a post position of nine or higher, after scratches, he generally is eliminated on the theory that he may lose too much ground because he is too far away from the rail, even though he may be able to break fairly well.
Every horse's post position will be listed on your race track program.
A race fan who knows what he is doing could make two exceptions to this post position business, although we are not going to mention them in the rules because as was stated earlier in the book, we are trying to tell beginners exactly what to do in hard-and-fast rules so that no indecision will be possible.
One possible exception is that if the track is "off," an outside post position actually is an advantage if the horse happens to be a fast breaker, because he will be starting where the track is firmer than it is near the rail.
The other possible exception is that you might take a chance on a horse that barely fails to qualify in respect to his finishing position in his last race if it was a short race and he had a post position of nine or higher in that race. In other words, you could figure that he probably would have done better if he had been assigned a decent post position.
So if a horse qualifies on the rules that have been given in this chapter, you should be reasonably sure that the trainer is trying.