live in a world of specialists.
longer can you only go to your family doctor with a simple
medical problem because he merely refers you to a “specialist”.
to any established old-time brokerage house and they have “specialists”
for everything. Look at your NFL football teams. They even have squads
called “special teams” for things like kickoffs and punt returns.
sure this list goes on “ad nauseum”, so let me add yet another to this
seemingly endless plethora of “specialists”. Many successful
professional horseplayers are “specialists”. They gravitate
to one or at most two types of races in which they feel they have an
edge. Simplistic examples might be waiting for and isolating the lone
frontrunners at sprint distances, or only wagering on turf routes.
number of “specialists” are many in horseracing. I know professionals
back East in my old stomping grounds (that stretched from New York to
Maryland) who do nothing but bet the 2 year old babies until a crop
of brand new 2 year olds arrive on the scene the following spring.
One of my best friends only plays the turf. One of his friends only
plays 7 furlong races on the dirt for
could go on and on, but you get the drift. In horseracing, there are
innumerable places to specialize. This even includes wagering.
I only bet to win with an occasional dalliance in a daily
double if the return is solid, or if I think that I have an unusual
“edge” in the 2nd or “blind” half of that double where you
don’t get to visually inspect your horse before wagering.
you’ve never considered “specializing”, let me show you
the advantages and disadvantages, because as we all know, nothing is
ever carved in stone when it comes to handicapping a race. And whether
you know it or not, you’re already a specialist if there
are certain types of races you always play such as maiden
races, or 2 year old events, or routes, or sprints------ or whatever.
you specialize in only 1 or at most 2 areas or types of races, you focus
your energies rather than spraying them over innumerable
specializing, you cut down your actual number of bets
thus minimizing risk which, in most instances, forces your win % to
gives you more knowledge and more insights into our ever-changing and
complex game in specific areas because you are always paying strict
attention to detail. This focused “attention to
detail” could be expanded to other special scenarios.
acts as a “de-stresser” for your overall psyche. Your
emotions don’t rise and fall 9 times a day in varied scenarios bending
you like a soft pretzel----regardless of whether or not you win or lose!
A relaxed player who “picks his spots” carefully simply
makes better wagering decisions than an emotionally
in certain races with specialized betting procedures usually offers
maximum return on the wagered dollar. All professionals
and most “specialists” have a disciplined wagering system in place and
any wager made on any given day is merely another selection in a long
series of wagers that began some time ago and as yet, hasn’t completed
itself. Specialists don’t live in day-tight compartments, living and
dying on what they did yesterday. They have a much bigger picture and
tend to think in terms of how they are doing for the entire meet
or for this specific year, rather than just this afternoon
or this week.
can miss “golden” betting opportunities in races where
you don’t or aren’t allowed to dabble.
requires intense focus which can often destroy your overall view of
the game and how you got to be where you are, if in fact you are anywhere.
often “locks” you into unchanging scenarios while
wagering in a constantly changing game. Somewhere
down the line, your knowledge becomes “common tender”
and winning mutuel prices plummet. Put another way, if you live in
a tunnel, ever-changing handicapping factors such as physicality, running
profiles, running biases, trainer and jockey profiles, major negative
equipment changes (barshoes, blowouts, stops etc.), advances in training
methods, feed supplements, useful megavitamins, new-age treatments such
as acupuncture, legal and illegal drugging and a host of other real
but fleeting factors can easily escape your narrow
can turn to laziness because it frees up your time, allowing you to
lead a more “normal life” rather than working 16 hours a day to stay
ahead of your betting competition.
though very profitable if done exactly correctly, is very boring, very
mundane, and very unpalatable for most who crave “action”.
you can see, there is much merit to both specializing
and not specializing, so let me offer a workable compromise that has
served me well over my 40 year career.
I love turf racing and it’s the closest I come to being a true “specialist”.
I’ve been a student of turf breeding since I was a kid in the early
60’s. I realized years ago that most punters know very little about
turf breeding and are overly intimidated by the grass. They handicap
the turf the same way they do the dirt, which is one of the fastest
ways to erode your bankroll in short order.
I prefer the grass 11 out of 10 times, if I think that I have a good
“spot” on the dirt, I won’t hesitate to unload with both hands!
“specializing” for you?