Horse Racing Head-to-Head Matchups
Horse racing is one of the few year-round activities when it comes betting on the outcomes. No matter what time of the year it is, there is a race track somewhere in North America or abroad offering a daily race card. Avid horse bettors are in it for the long haul looking for betting opportunities on a daily basis. Some avid bettors turn to horse racing to fill some voids in the sports calendar, while recreational bettors jump on board for the bigger major graded horse racing events that take place during the year.
Two times a year, horse racing blows up into a mainstream betting event. The first is in early May with the running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs as the first jewel in the Triple Crown racing season for three-year old thoroughbreds. The second time is in early November for the Breeders Cup. This two day card features a total of 14 major graded events with a combined prize purse of $30 million. It is normally contested over the first Friday and Saturday of the month at one of the top horse racing venues in the country. The 2018 Breeders’ Cup just so happens to also be at Churchill Downs.
One of the best things about betting on horses from your current online sportsbook is the convenience of making your wagers from an existing online betting account. All the top online sportsbooks offer horse racing through their online racebook.
Another reason why it makes all the sense in the world to bet on horses through an online book is the expanded variety of betting options. You will have access to everything you would be able to bet on at an actual horse track or off-track betting venue right from the comfort of the computer or mobile handheld device you currently use to bet on each weekend’s football games. The added edge that an online sportsbook has over betting horses at the track or off-track are betting odds they release for head-to-head matchups.
The most common way to bet on a horse race is picking entries to finish first, second or third. This is more commonly known as a Win-Place-Show bet for the top three places in any horse race. When it comes to betting exotics in a horse race, the two most common ways are with an exacta and trifecta. The exacta includes the top two horses in a race combined. It can be bet straight-up or boxed so either horse can finish first or second. The trifecta works the same way, but it adds a third horse to the mix for a higher return on a winning bet.
When it comes to betting value in horse racing, odds for head-to-head matchups between two horses in a particular race would be at the top of the list. These type of bets are easily found at online books with an expanded selection of betting options for the bigger races on the card. When it comes to a card like the Breeders’ Cup, this the ultimate way to bet on races that are as deep as it gets when it comes to a talented field.
Heavy favorites in major graded events win far more often than a heavy favorite at the local track on its daily card, but even that does not always hold true given the nature of betting on horses. When you bet on any horse in a head-to-head matchup, all they have to do is finish higher than the horse they are pitted against. This is far easier to predict than trying to figure out which two or three horses are going to finish in those first two or three positions.