Betting Essentials for Horse Racing

For those who follow horse racing, it is often thought of in terms of betting. Many factors determine who will win each and there is never a “sure thing” when betting on horses. But you do not need to be an expert in horse racing to make good bets. Just look at some of the basic factors in creating a betting system.


Quarter horses typically race over a distance of 1/4 mile, while thoroughbred races may be a mile or more. When considering placing a bet on a horse, consider whether the horse demonstrates speed or endurance and compare its preferences and history to the length of the race you are betting on.

Number of Horses

It is important to consider the number of horses entered in the race. It is more difficult to pick a winner out of a large field because the horses often have similar strengths. In addition, a horse you like may be at a disadvantage and draw a post position far from the rail.

Track Surface

The track surface also plays a large role when considering which horse to bet on. Most tracks are either dirt or turf, but some are made of synthetic material. Horses have a preference about what type of surface they run best on. Also consider wet or slippery conditions that may present challenges for the horses.

Racing History

Consider the horses running history. Recent york racecourse tickets history can be found in the Daily Racing Form or racing program at your local track. Look for horses who have raced and done well during the current year. If the horse has not raced recently, find out why. The horse may have suffered an injury that may affect his ability to come back and race well. Also, look out for horses who run frequently or who have run another race less than two weeks ago. Like all athletes, horses need time to recover and running races too close together increases risk of injury and likelihood that the horse will fatigue during the race.

Race Favorites

Prior to placing your bet, find out who the favorites are to win the race. Favorites have the lowest odds, such as 2-1, while long-shots have longer odds, such as 35-1. The longer the odds, the more money you have the chance to win, but the less likely it is that the horse will run well.

With these factors in mind, you are now ready to make a decision and place your winning bet.