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Horse Racing Wagering System:
The Red Badge Of Courage
Big League Of Horse Racing
Weight Will Stop A Locomotive Or A Good Horse
Gelding Repeaters Beat Lovers At The Racetrack
Supplementary Claiming Horses
Final Summary Of Racing Systems
Glossary Of Racing Terms
More Horse Racing Tips

The Big League Of Horse Racing

( Originally Published mid 1950's )

Every spring during the baseball training season, thousands of minor league baseball players try to make good in a league of higher classification.

For the first part of the regular season, big league clubs carry the most promising of these rookies on their roster in an attempt to find replacements for aging veterans. And a few of them make good, even become stars in the big show.

But in horse racing, steeds that can move up from the minor or smaller tracks to the major tracks-and win are few and far between. Therefore, in no system in this book will we take on any horse that ran its last previous race at a minor track. Also, we will not make any investment at a minor track.

To enable beginners to distinguish major tracks from minor tracks, a list of major tracks was furnished earlier in the book for both systems.

This rule and others, particularly in the colt system, will restrict the number of your potential plays sharply. But for the benefit of those who strain at the bit because plays are infrequent at times, the writer would like to recall an incident that occurred many years ago when he attended the races daily during the New York season.

There was a very studious-looking gentleman who always sat in our favorite corner of the grandstand and he always carried a huge briefcase full of all kinds of charts, past performances and assorted records of all sorts.

Our Cautious Charlie would study these records .intently throughout the afternoon except at such times as the horses were running. But never once did he make an investment, for three months, on any of the horses competing that day.

At first we figured he must have placed his investment before he left home for the track, but one afternoon he actually did make a bet with a track bookmaker, after having made none at all for the previous three months. The writer's curiosity was so great by this time that he followed the gentleman to see what would happen.

The writer was not surprised unduly when the gentleman made an investment of $5,000, but get this-the guy bet the horse not to win but to place.

Now here was the acme of conservatism. First, the fellow was so cautious that he wouldn't make a single investment for three months. And when he finally did make one, it was on the horse to run second, not to win. So what happened? The horse win, as the feller said, by 4 lengths and paid better than even money to place. But no one should laugh at this gentleman's tactics because he probably made an income of from $10,000 to $15,000 a year just by making five or six investments a year-and probably all place bets-on a horse that he figured couldn't lose.

So if there should be no plays any particular day under this book's systems, don't fret-just remember the storv of Cautious Charlie.

You casual race-goers might do well to consider the idea of restricting your operations until an afternoon comes along when you have a bona-fide investment going. In this era of the five-day week, many of us toilers will be able to take a particular day off when one of our longshots happens to be going, and thus pick our spots and also enjoy the thrill of watching our selection run.

In the next chapter, which concerns weight, a great deal will be said about apprentice jockeys. This is a rather touchy subject because while all of this book's winners that were ridden by apprentice jockeys of any description qualified on all system rules regarding apprentices, the fact remains that a leading red-hot apprentice jockey will ride a great many winners.

Now before conceding to a possible compromise on this subject, let us discuss two pertinent angles of which the casual race fan may not be aware. They are:

1 It is very easy for a race-goer to reflect in the latter part of the season that he should have been following, right along, the mounts of an apprentice star who late in the year becomes recognized as one of the leading riders of the season.

Yet who was to know that earlier in the year, when there were many or at least several of these "bug riders" beginning to show promising talents, exactly which one or two were destined to live up to their early promise? At that time, picking which one you intended to follow would have been much more difficult than later in the season, when it's always easy to be a "Monday morning quarterback."

2 Many race fans do not realize that one of the main reasons why one of these apparently red-hot apprentices sometimes keeps right on winning is that he is so much in demand that his agent generally can demand, and get, only the best mounts for his client.

Now the point we wish to bring out here is that a good agent also must be a good handicapper. Of the several mounts that probably will be offered his client in any one race, he must, to hold his job, select one that has an excellent chance of winning that race.

In short, this agent must have a good racing system, either his own or someone else's.

What we are trying to bring out is that the consider able success enjoyed by one or sometimes two of these apprentice stars may be due to the fact that they have a good agent, rather than that the apprentice is possessed of any supernatural riding ability.

For those who still want to follow a red-hot apprentice jockey, we suggest the following compromise.

Only in the case of a leading apprentice jockey who appears to rank far above other "bug riders," and only until after a reasonable portion of the racing season has elapsed, the race fan might consider this red-hot apprentice to be a "regular" jockey, and not apply the apprentice rules in his case.

So now, in the next chapter, let us discuss various weight angles, keeping this apprentice situation in mind.

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