Horse betting is for everyone, not just the pros. It used to be a sport that attracted the underbelly of society – the gangsters. Then it changed to a sport that attracted the high society. Nowadays, it’s a sport for everyone. Because of this, it’s become far more easily accessible. No longer do you need to head to the race track and place your bets. You can now head down to the high street bookies or even bet online. There’s no need to get the cash out and venture down the road with a pocketful of money, you can bet with your credit cards or even bet with PayPal from the comfort and safety of the front room.  With most online sites you can even live stream the race to keep an eye out on how your bet is doing. Easy as it is, you need to know where to put your money and figure out who to put your money on, which can be a little trickier.

Choosing the Right Online Betting Site

For the gamblers who live near famous horse tracks like Churchill Downs, betting on horses and horse races is a luxury and often taken for granted. For most of us who do not live near any horse tracks, searching for a horse betting site online is important. Once you find a bet site you need to make sure you have a horse race betting guide that will help you place the wagers you intended.

There are lots of confusing lingo in horse racing so having a clear betting guide is essential for beginners. Do not be discouraged by the horse betting terms, as horse racing is one of the oldest legal wagering sports in the world and has its own traditions. Learning horse racing lingo and understanding the horse racing bet types will ensure a fun and profitable wagering experience.

Horse racing betting

When you are looking at which races to bet and which horses to choose you might see strange words used which we would not find in other sport betting options. The following words are racing lingo terms that are meant to help the gambler make bet choices: Mare: Is a female horse over 5 years old. Filly: Is a female horse up to 4 years old. Gelding: is a male horse that has been neutered. Colt: Is a male horse up to four years old. Morning line: Is the approximate odds given before wagering actually begins. Pari-mutuel : This is a wagering pool in which the payout amount depends on the total pool of wagered money divided by the number of winning tickets sold.

Track speed: This refers to the conditions of the track affected by the weather at the time of the race. A heavy track would be the worst conditions for a grass/turf race meaning it is wet and will result in a slower race. When a dirt track is called heavy it means it is very muddy and the race will be slower.

The opposite of heavy is called a Fast Track and these are the best conditions in which a horse can race. Furlong: This is a measurement used in horse racing to describe the length of the race. One furlong is 1/8 of a mile or 200 meters.

Get Started

So, one you have your online bookies sorted, you know what you’re talking about and you have an idea of who to bet on, it’s time to get going. Remember, be patient, start off small and work your way up. Start with the easy wins then work your way up from there. Horse betting is all about knowledge and patience. If you have both of these, then you have the winning formula for a successful horse betting career.