- I chose horses based upon how much they have won in past races.
- Out of those horses, I chose the fastest times based on their workouts.
- I had to like their name... I know superficial!
Saturday, October 5, 2013
Santa Anita Opening Day! My 1st Horse Racing Experience | @SantaAnitaPark @ABRLive #GetintheGame
Last week, I was invited to do something that I had wanted to do for awhile but never had the chance. Being an avid horsewoman, I have spent most of my life around horses, much to my parents dismay.
I have ridden english, western, barrel racing, 3-day eventing, and much more but one thing that had eluded me was going to the racetrack! Yes, I know, even non-horse people have been there! I had not. Ironically, I have many friends that ride at the track and even rescue and rehabilitate horses that get injured or are too slow and need a new career.
I arrived at Santa Anita Racetrack, really feeling out of my element. I know horses but know NOTHING about racing except that the fastest horse wins and that horse is the one you want to bet on.
How do I figure out which horse to bet on? I had NO clue! Luckily my friends at America's Best Racing have a few tips for beginners like me. The first thing they tell you is to go with your gut. Do you like the name? Do you get a good feeling about a particular horse? Do you like the color? All of these things seem very superficial but really... more people have won in this fashion than any other way.
If you are a stats person, you can calculate numbers on how fast a horse has run, its best times, track conditions, and its earnings. Also, the stable and jockey are favorites to choose. If you have heard of a jockey, then there is a good chance there is a reason why you have heard of them. Did you know that the top jockey's average about 90% wins?
I don't know much about stats but I received a rundown by the experts at America's Best Racing. The race was going to start soon. Here goes nothing! How did I choose MY horses?
Where did I get the stats that I looked at to choose my fast runners? Every participant betting receives a list of stats for each horse running in each race a day. The numbers looked jumbled and are quite confusing until you have someone explain them to you. When in doubt, go with your gut.
I had a great time talking horses with the professionals and LOVED seeing the gorgeous Santa Anita Racetrack! The horses are breathtaking and everyone is so helpful and nice!
I can't wait to return to the track and maybe get a little more adventurous!
DISCLAIMER: I was invited to Santa Anita Racetrack to experience racing on opening day. I received lunch and a gift bag for writing about my experience. All thoughts and ideas are my own. Do not use any pictures without permission.