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Why Are Some Horse Races Called A Handicap?

Recently some friends joined us to watch live horse racing, and they were curious why some races were called handicaps. So, I decided to explain handicap horse racing for those who might not be familiar with this event. Handicap horse racing requires horses to carry a predetermined weight, based on the horse’s past performances. The …

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Why Are Racehorses Scratched? Secrets At The Starting Gates?

A man at a table to our right had his nose buried in racing forms for hours. Suddenly, he raised his head and exclaimed, “I found a long-shot horse that’s gonna win big.” However, seconds before the race, his horse was scratched. The scratching of his horse made me wonder, why do racehorses get scratched? …

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What Are the Different Types of Bets in Horse Racing?

We recently went to the racetrack with a group of friends that’s never to the horseraces. They researched gambling on horses online but didn’t understand the basics, so I thought it a good idea to explain the bets a person should know before wagering at the racetrack. The bets you can place on a horse …

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