Betting on Horse Races

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When it comes to betting on horse races, there are many different types of wagers available. There are also historical facts about horse racing, the breeds of horses, distances of races and specialty bets. In this article, we will cover the basic information you need to make an informed decision about your wager. To get started, read our article on Horse Race History. You can also learn more about distances and Breeds in this article. And we’ll cover the Specialty bets as well.

Historical background of horse racing

The history of horse racing began in the 1600s in England, but did not take off until the early 1800s in the United States. The sport became popular in the colonies, and by the 1820s the United States had the first major horse race. That year, the Union Course in Brooklyn, New York, was a pioneering venue, a skinned course without grandstands. While horse racing remained a popular spectator sport for decades, it gradually declined during the 1950s.

Breeds of horses

There are many different types of horses. The Connemara pony is one of them. Originally from County Galway, Ireland, this breed was bred for rugged terrain and was used by settlers to move their stables. Vikings may have brought these horses to Ireland as warhorses. Breeders today are working to keep this breed pure and working for the benefit of horses and riders. Here are some of the breeds you should know about.

Distances of races

There are several factors to consider when handicapping horse races, including distances, speed figures, and superstitious elements. This article will explore each of these factors and give you tips on how to bet wisely on these races. Listed below are the most important factors to consider in handicapping horse races. In addition to learning about the history of the horse race, you will also learn more about how to choose the best horse.

Specialty bets

If you like to bet on horse races, you might be interested in placing specialty bets on horses. Those wagers can be placed on individual races or on combinations of several races. These bets vary from betting site to betting site, but they all have their own characteristics and advantages. To find a value bet, you should analyze the form of a horse race and use a method to make your selections. You can use a data analytics website to refine your search.


A horse’s official rating is based on previous performance. A higher rating indicates a better horse. A horse’s official mark changes weekly, so handicappers often alter it to reflect subsequent races. For example, Horse 1 is given an official rating of 75 for finishing behind Horse 2 two weeks ago. A week later, Horse 2 beats Horse 3 by five lengths, raising its’mark’ to 85. But does this mean that it’s a better bet?