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Horse Racing: Fast Tracks

Horse racing is hot this weekend. Here are some fast tracks for horse racing fans, place your bets at Gulfstream, Oaklawn, Santa Anita, and Sam Houston.

On Saturday, horse racing is hot at celebrated tracks like Gulfstream Park, Santa Anita and Oaklawn Park. And on Sunday, Sam Houston Race Park in Texas delivers an unexpectedly strong card, giving gamblers a rich betting menu.

Horse Racing Hot Betting Tips

To bet successfully, horse racing fans, you should know your track, and also know how to manage your money.

  • First, decide how the major races figure into your budget. Do you want to allocate more money to just one event? Or is it smarter to distribute the money evenly, to give yourself a legitimate shot to cash tickets in each one? All the tracks combined offer enough action to represent an all-star card, if you only focus on events with six-figure purses.
  • Each track has its own nuances too. The more you play them, the more familiar you get. And some tracks just provide better luck for bettors.
  • Then there are the insights gamblers can pick up throughout the day. In recent cards, Paco Lopez was riding better than he did earlier in the season at Gulfstream Park, and rewarded bettors accordingly. Tyler Gaffalione rode three straight winners a few days back. Some gamblers picked up on the fact that Gaffalione was “on” that day, and bet him.

For more on how to bet the horses, get acquainted with the Daily Racing Form. Click here for more on how to read the horse bettor’s bible.

The Fast Track at Gulfstream Park

Sometimes you can stumble into a big payday.

In a 10-horse field last Saturday, the 8-5 favorite ran second. He was beaten by an 8-1 shot, and a 60-1 bomb ran third. The $1 trifecta payout was more than $9.25. The $1 superfecta, including the 15-1 shot who ran fourth, was $7,421.

Is this kind of payoff hard to hit? Absolutely. But you can give yourself a shot by taking a favorite in a $1 trifecta key. Put the horse in first position atop three longshots. Put the horse in the second position with the same three longshots. The whole package costs $12 for the trifecta or the superfecta.

The calculated guess is that the favorite runs well enough to be in the first two places. And then it’s just a little bit of luck.

Gulfstream has a star-studded Saturday card, highlighted by the $200,000 Holy Bull and a slew of $100,000 events.

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Oaklawn Park Saturday Horse Racing

Oaklawn Park in Arkansas has a loaded Saturday card as well. Check out the $200,000 Martha Washington and $150,000 American Beauty events.

Santa Anita Offers High-Level 3-Pack

Rounding out an excellent Saturday lineup for thoroughbred horse racing fans, the celebrated California oval headlines its card with a string of $200,000 races. They include the San Pasqual and both a turf and dirt running of the San Marcos.

Sunday at Sam Houston

Sam Houston Race Park in Texas isn’t known for major events. But on Sunday, it delivers a terrific race card. The $300,000 Houston Ladies Classic highlights the action. The $200,000 Texas Turf Mile and John Connally Turf Cup races complement the headliner.

Most of the action this weekend can be accessed via Twinspires.com.

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Dave Bontempo, a multiple award-winning writer and broadcaster, has covered sports for the Associated Press, ESPN, HBO and Showtime and called boxing matches on every major network. Dave is a winner of the Sam Taub Award for broadcast excellence given by the Boxing Writers Association of America, and is a member of both the New Jersey Boxing Hall of Fame and the Atlantic City International Boxing Hall of Fame. He writes regularly for iGamingPlayer.com and Global Gaming Business magazine.

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