I hear it all the time. Not only is the Los Alamitos meet currently running too short (8 days) the track configuration is odd and can produce some bizarre and confusing stretch duels. One thing ‘cappers do agree on, is they have been liking the field sizes and the long shot payoffs that the track has been producing so far.
Unlike Santa Anita and Del Mar, which can have short field sizes and many $3.80 winners, Los Alamitos has certainly been producing some interesting winners and payoffs to say the least.
Take Thursday’s card for example. Meet At Jakes (1st) winner at $154.80 … Resilient Humor (6th) at $67.40, both winners on 12/08 and then Devils Triangle at $185.80 on Sunday, 12/11. At the Santa Anita and recently concluded Del Mar meeting, you could go several meetings without producing winners like this. But all three came the same week, two on the same day. Keep in mind there have been some other nice winners since opening day.
What I’m simply trying to suggest is that with the oddly configured course and creative condition book that Los Alamitos has been cooking up, wouldn’t it be nice to give them some more racing dates for the race fan?
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How many times a day, or during the week for that matter does a gambler come upon a horse entered in a race that is a maiden that has a career mark of 0 for 7? How about a runner that is 0 for 14, or 0 for 21? Are these horses good wagers at all? Do they have any value at all? My answer to you is a resounding no.
After all, how many times should it take for a horse to win a race? It’s always been my belief that if a horse can’t win in 5 or 6 starts it’s best to give up on them and simply move on. Often, these 0’fer horses, as I like to call them, offer no value and simply drain a handicappers bankroll roll. The thought that these horses are “due” never really pan out and more often than not drain a handicappers bankroll. The thought that are a good place or show bet is more practical but do you really want your bankroll relying on a horse that has already proven he has no heart being in a photo finish with you holding a ticket on him? No thanks.
Now let’s make it interesting. How about a horse that owns a career mark of 6 wins from 30 career starts. That’s a solid 20% win ratio. When a handicapper comes upon a horse like that it’s often thought that this horse is a trier and likes to win races. But, upon further review you notice he is 0 for 11 this year. Now you have to question is the same horse that won 6 times or has he developed some physical or mental issues that are preventing him from winning. Again, this horse would not be a play for me.
Now keep in mind that sometimes these horses will win and bounce back with a win and pay a nice price. Some will try and lure you on paper and they’ll be tempting with a drop in class or a stretch out in distance or cut back. maybe they’ll add the blinkers or be taking them off. But for me they deserve only one thing and that is to draw a line through them when they show up on the entry sheet.
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The Hook. Gamblers can either love it or hate it but if it’s used properly to ones advantage it can be the difference in winning or losing.
One thing we have preached for years is when you come upon a game you feel is going to be decided by a field goal and find that a team you like is getting +3 1/2 jump on it. Act very quickly so that you can take advantage and get that extra + 1/2 point, or the hook as it’s called in gambling terms.
Such was the case this past weekend in three games that we liked. The three were all underdogs and all three were offering the hook when we took advantage. Example, was the Michigan vs. Ohio State game. This was a game that I figured would come down to a field goal and I loved Michigan. I ended up with a big play on Michigan +3 1/2 and was able to scratch out the win thanks to the hook. It pays to do your shopping early and look for games that offer the hook. Of course the same would apply if you think that a game will come down to a touch down and you like the chalk. If the line is -6 1/2, jump on it quickly so if you are correct you’ll cash on your bet.
Another item that I can’t stress enough on is having a game plan going into wagering. This applies to both horses and sports and requires some discipline going in. Know what you are going to do … what games/horses you like before you do it. Wager on them and then walk away. A smart gambler knows when it’s simply not his day, and just licks his/her wounds and wait for another day. It’s the fool that will “chase” his money and try to make up for losing wagers to win it back. That can and often does lead to monumental losses and the gambler losing the bankroll prematurely. Gambling on sports/horses is a marathon, not a sprint. You can’t measure your success by one day, but over the season. That’s why so many people fail and have to walk away broke.
Hope this helps. If you require some advice, please feel free to e-mail us so that we can help you with your wagering. http://www.sportswagers-selections.com is the best way to reach us.
The Ball State vs. Toledo game was impacted on Wednesday night as heavy fog rolled in just before half-time making visibility tough on the field. This game could get real interesting to say the least should the conditions get worse. … One of my resolutions for 2017 is to spend much more time on my blog, getting thoughts together to post. I’m really bad sometimes on thinking that others care what I truly think. A perfect example is during games when other professional handicappers are posting thoughts and comments on games in progress I’ll be like “does it really matter what I’m thinking or observing now? They are watching the same game.” Perhaps I need to realize that others do care what I think. I’ll try and be more active with postings and increase my posts also on Twitter and Facebook. … The Los Angeles Clippers lost only the second game of the season on Wednesday night. Could it be? Could it be possible that the now that the Chicago Cubs have won the world series that the Clippers could win the NBA Championship? LOL … The NFL will have this weeks Monday night game in Mexico City.
Anybody else noticed the ERA’s of some pitchers are rising like a loaf of bread in the oven? We are. Look at the WHIP’s too, both are rising for some pitchers and it would seem that this is a situation that happens each and every MLB season this time of year. It’s called the dead arm and some pitchers run into in year after year. While having a good first half of the season, take a careful look at pitching stats after the All-Star break and make sure the team you are about to wager on doesn’t have a starting pitcher showing this. A good rule of thumb is to check out their last five starts to see what direction they are heading in.
What got into Chicago White Sox starter Chris Sale this weekend? Protesting the wearing of the teams 1976-style jersey’s, it was reported that Sale refused to wear his and then proceeded to cut up $12,700 worth of teammates uniforms forcing the team to not be able to use the retro uniforms. Sale was suspended five games and was fined a total of $250,000. Flake.
Ken Griffey, Jr and Mike Piazza both entered MLB Hall over the weekend. Congrats to both players.
Why aren’t I a fan of the Olympics? You really need to ask? It’s become as corrupt as boxing and wrestling as far as I’m concerned and have way better things to do than waste my time on it. Need more proof? Start with the Russians.