We’ve talked a lot about what to wear to the track, about what to do while you’re in town and what to do if you’re hosting a party but one thing I’ve, surprisingly, never shared are tips on placing a bet. So I’m partnering up with the team at America’s Best Racing to share some tips on how to place a wager like a pro at the track.
Betting on the races is as much a part of the day as wearing a hat and drinking a mint julep. It’s part of the tradition and even if you’re not a big gambler, it’s fun to throw a couple dollars on your favorite horse.
Whether I like it or not, I come from a gambling family. My dad used to work at Churchill Downs a LONG time ago, so going to the track, breaking down the program and placing a wager or twenty has been something I’ve been doing since I was a kid. That being said, I am no expert. I may know more than the average joe but I’m certainly not someone you want to go to for a detailed explanation of the racing form.