|Over the last 11 years,
since Horse Racing Gold went public and on line, we've had
hundreds of players ask the same question:
"Can there be
a way to make decent money at this game without such a huge time commitment?"
In the last couple of years, there
have been some
fairly radical changes in my life (and they continue . . . but that's
another story!) that cut severely into my usual 12 hour days totally
committed to just horse racing. I was no longer able to do that.
Then providence brought some opportunities that enabled me not to
need to rely on racing for all of my income.
This was quite a change after so many
years of nothing but horse racing.
It actually felt pretty good not to
have to be sweating over the handicapping and betting every single day.
In fact, I
stayed away from the game completely for several months.
Then (of course!) 32 years of habit,
and a love for the game
pulled me back into it - and with a renewed passion.
Yet, I had grown accustomed to not
putting in the long hours, and - especially since I no longer needed
to - found I really didn't want to put in those 12 hour days anymore.
Turf routes had always been my
personal strength. Most players find them extremely tough, and maybe
that's the reason profits for me were always higher in that niche
- confused money spread into the pools often creating better value.
(Nowadays - with so many tracks
switching to various kinds of artificial surfaces, confusion
reigns, and turf races have become a more solid bet than
As well, by limiting myself to just
turf routes, the strain of handicapping six or seven races at each
of four or five different tracks every day - disappeared.
I codified my entire turf
- and then automated much of it into the
"The Green Box" .
My racing day was cut down to just
a bit over two
hours on average - including the
handicapping, watching the odds just before post for the 4 to 8 qualifying
races, making the wagers,
and doing the recordkeeping!