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I can remember it like it was yesterday. I was 18 and I was about to head to the races for the first time. I had been betting with an ADW for a while, using their simplified versions of past performances – but I had never been to the races in person or held a program in my hands.

For all of the sun and fun rolled into summertime racing, there are unfortunately some days when Mother Nature decides to muddy the waters.

Unlike baseball, horse racing usually goes on before, during, and after a rainstorm and there are some general philosophies that you should store away for, yes, a rainy day.

Hitting an exotic sequence wager such as a Pick 3 takes a strong mix of solid handicapping and wise betting strategy.

Simply picking the winners of three straight races isn’t enough to guarantee a healthy profit. It’s how you construct your ticket that will determine whether you actually walk away with some cash and how large of a profit you rake in.

Betting an exacta can present a challenge on several levels.

There is, of course, the primary need to analyze past performances and decide which horses are going to finish first and second.

Yet because of the inherently lower payoffs as opposed to what you’ll find in a Pick 3 or Pick 4, you’ll need to structure your wagers effectively in order to turn your selections into a profitable wager.

In the course of the last 45 years, the biggest advancement in handicapping has probably been the emergence of speed figures.

What is commonplace now was in its infancy back then when speed variants ruled the land.

The variants were simplistic. They were averages based on how many lengths above or below the track record the races on that day were.

Speed figures took that process to a new and infinitely more helpful level.

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