It's kind of what I've done the last couple of days, in between bouts of blogging. But I've found that if I take my time, check the handicapping stats, think think think and THEN bet - I'm more likely to at least get SOME of my money back, than if I do my usual "she has a cute name, let's put ten bucks on her!" Which rarely works.
So in that spirit, I've seriously handicapped ONE race today - just one. Race #3 at Santa Anita. It's 6-1/2 furlongs, on turf; so based on the stats and info I've looked at, I'm going to recommend two horses - #2 and #3 - to consider putting money on.
Horse #2 is "Chimi Dee". She's run on turf before (at a mile) and won; she's also shown steady upward movement in her Beyer's speed figures (from 57 to 73). So she's worth a look.
Horse #3, "Rebelution", is a long shot but here are some reasons I think she might be worth a shot:
- her jockey, E. Flores, has won on turf before, 2 times out of 15; which doesn't sound like much but it's way better than the stats on any of the other jockeys in this race;
- she did win her one and only race, a mile on turf, and with a pretty good speed figure (64).
There you go, folks - some gen-yoo-wine handicapping! Now - which one am I going to bet on?
Hmmm .... let's see what the guys at the Daily News say ...