Enjoy the experience of betting at Heritage Sports!
Horse racing is a fabulous sport and one enjoyed by millions of people all over the world. Racing takes place almost every day of the year in one country or another and many race meetings attract big crowds and betting on horse racing makes watching it an even better experience
If you’re a beginner to horse racing there is much you will need to learn. Horseracing has a rhythm, intensity and language like no other sport.
One of the first things you need to do,if you are heading to the track for the first time you will need a program and a racing form. These are available for purchase at the track. If you plan to play the races from home, you will want to purchase an online racing form. The Official Daily Program contains important information about the day’s races including the horses, their morning line odds, the jockey that will ride the horse, race distances and much, much more.
The best place to look at horses is the Paddock. The paddock is where the horses get saddled prior to the race. After the horses are saddled, they are walked around a ring. This is where you can observe how “your” horse looks. Examine the horse to verify that it is alert yet relaxed, loose and light on its feet, not sweating excessively, has a shiny coat and generally looks ready to run.
Horse betting is actually a competition with the people around you. This is why it is possible to win at the races! When you are competing against other people – the public – it is wise to invest the time necessary to beat them. Playing against the other horse betting gamblers as with horse racing is referred to as pari-mutuel wagering. The money that is wagered is pooled, with a separate pool being kept for each type of wager. If you win your bet you get part of the pool. How much depends on how many other people win with you. The good thing is that somebody always wins.
What to Say to the Teller When You Place Your Bet
There is a basic protocol to follow when you go to the betting window to place a bet. Here is what to say at the betting window:
- Racetrack and race number (only if you’re betting on a race at a different racetrack than the one you’re at)
- Amount of your bet
- Type of bet you’re placing
- Horse’s program number
You can bet on any race being run at the track at any time before it is run. Tracks also simulcast races from other tracks. That is why it is important to specify the track where you wish to place your bet.
Now hand the teller your money and take your ticket. Keep it in a safe place. You’ll need it to claim your money if you win.