Sitting down and poring over the past performances is a good thing to do before you bet on a horse race, but just remember, while you are doing that so are the other people you will be betting against.
You need an edge when it comes to making money betting on horse races.
One way you can get that edge is to do more than the other people, or at least most of them.
Here is one way to beat them.
Walk out to the saddling ring or paddock and start doing some detective work.
I mean, look over the horses you are trying to handicap.
While you're out there, count the people who are standing around looking over the horses.
The funny thing about it is that the people who are trying the hardest to make a living handicapping horse races often aren't out there.
They are sitting inside reading the lines of the horses.
Those lines are helpful but they are from the past.
The real live horse is standing outside waiting to be looked over and rated.
You can tell a lot about a horse's state of mind and even its physical condition by looking it over.
Not only that, but you can also check out the jockey and trainer.
Body language will tell you a lot.
Does the rider seem confident and attentive, sitting upright, or is he slouched over with a bored look on his face, like a man who knows he hasn't a chance of winning? Go ahead and handicap the horse race using the past performances, but then go out to the paddock and see what the horse's condition can tell you.
If they are too nervous and high strung, that is a bad sign.
IF they are washy, that's another red flag.
On the other hand, a shiny coat, well muscled, and on its toes kind of horse is a good one to bet, but you won't know which ones fit that description without finding out for yourself.
If you look at all the money that is bet on a race and then look at the small crowd outside you will realize that most people who bet on a race don't look the horses over.
That is one way for you to have an edge.
Learn to write notes in your program about the horses and refer to them the next time the horse runs.
You may find the horse that was washy last week is calm and ready today.
The past performances won't tell you that and the other bettors won't know it, but you will.