Every race track has its devoted handicappers who focus their attention on the track’s local horses and their
respective connections. Those handicappers, the one’s who specialize in one or two tracks, are often the same
handicappers who offer their advice for a marginal fee. They are commonly referred to as Tipsters.
Professional handicappers and horse racing tipsters are experts at the game of horse racing. Most of them have
spent years, possibly even decades, learning their craft.
Knowing how to pick winners at the race track comes at a price. Are you willing to invest years of your life into
learning how to handicap the horses? Do you have the necessary patience to play the game over the long haul? Can
you learn from your mistakes and adjust your analysis accordingly? If so, then a handicapping profession might be
ideal for your chosen career. However, if you’re a part time horse player and pursue another line of work to pay your
bills (perhaps one more consistent and reliable), then you’re best chance at picking winners at
the track will be to follow the advice from one or more tipsters.
Part time gamblers are well advised to buy selections from professional handicappers. Even the amateur who is
proficient enough to occasionally pick winners will benefit from getting advice from a professional horse player. Why?
Because it’s always a good idea to get a second opinion. If you mix your own analysis with the advice of a
professional handicapper, you might get the perfect blend for a profitable day at the race track.
Not all tipsters are created equal, and before purchasing advice from one, you should research his or her
handicapping history. You want to make sure the tipster has some skill at picking horses. Here are a few questions
you should get the answer to: How often does the tipster pick a winner? What is the Return On Investment over the
most recent month? If the tipster has been selling his or her advice for awhile, then you should be able to review the
ROI for every month since the tipster has been in business. Additionally, if possible, you should find out if the
handicapper has particular strengths and weakness; some handicappers will know trainer patterns while others will
be great at maiden races, or perhaps experts at turf races. There are countless areas of expertise when it comes to
horse race handicapping. Ask the tipster what his or her area of expertise is.