Apr 1 2013

And We’re Off

On March 9th, 2013 the winner of the 2012 Breeder’s Cup Classic, Fort Larned, was loaded into the gate as the solid 4-5 favorite in the Gulfstream Park Handicap.  He was facing only 5 competitors, and none had ever won a Grade 1 Stakes race.  Fort Larned had won two in the past year, and more than $3.6 million dollars in earnings.  The closest competitor had won $384,000 in 2012, while the other four horses had all won less than $100k.

If he breaks “cleanly,” Fort Larned is the likely winner of this race. IF he breaks cleanly …

Getting Out Of The Gate “cleanly” or “evenly” is the goal of every jockey in a horse race.  The aim is to give their horse the best chance to win the race by putting them in a good position early.  That is the same goal of this website; to put you in the best position to understand and enjoy this very exciting game.  And, although I can’t guarantee winning results at the race track if you follow my Blog, I can assure you the following:

  1. You will have a better understanding of the game and a fighting chance of winning more than losing at the race track.
  2. You will find this experience to be much different than reading a text book on handicapping; as my goal is to entertain as well as educate you.
  3. You will have the opportunity to contribute and to truly make this a community learning experience.
  4. You will have more fun when you visit a racetrack.
  5. You will want to go back for more.

And We’re Off

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By Neal Benoit

P.S. Neither Fort Larned or the Jockey were injured in this race.

8 comments on “And We’re Off

  1. Neal,
    Congratulations and great time to start this website as we get closer to the upcoming racing season. I went last month to Oaklawn race track in Hot Springs, Arkansas with my mom and sister. We had a great time betting on the horses – we picked our horses based on their name! We actually won a few races and in the end I came out $7.60 ahead! I look forward to upcoming blogs.

    Lourae Fitzgerald on

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