We love horse racing around here, and there’s nothing like introducing people to the port a little more. Of course, when you’re a new punter there’s a lot of different terms to absorb. You could end up thinking that you really have a grasp of what’s going on, only to find that you really don’t! Yikes!
So, in the spirit of helping you out, here’s something that’s a little tricky for newbies to traditionally wrap their heads around: track biases.
Remember that track bias is simply the differences in different segments of the same racetrack. You have to think about this because it changes what horse may be the true favorite to win. Oh, sure, the announcer is going to say that the racetrack has a favorite but you should never go with what the crowd thinks is good. They tend to not think things through anyway.
In a nutshell, there are quite a few factors that can lead to TB, including how often the track is used, the overall design of the track, and the weather. Rain on a grass based track is going to be different than rain hitting a clay based track. These are just facts, of course.
Sometimes a horse will thrive when you don’t expect them to, and you’ll have to correct your betting with that horse over time. Or you could have a great horse that you truly feel good about, only to see them get injured and/or have to be put to sleep. This is not a good situation that you want to be in at all.
Horse racing has so many subtle nuances that you really need to study. Just when you think that you have one part mastered, another pops up. We took the time to explain track biases because it gets discussed virtually everywhere. If you’re a newcomer, you don’t really understand the term. It’s hard to feel part of the community when it feels like they’re all speaking the same foreign language.
Check it out in real time for yourself. You can read up on the various conditions of a racetrack before the race begins, and then use those characteristics to begin reading about different horses involved in the business.