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Long before American Pharoah became the first Grand Slam winner on a racetrack, handicappers had been wagering on a bet known as the Grand Slam.

As a new year arrives and you make your resolutions for your 2017 days at the racetrack, one that should be at the top of your list is to use — or make better use of — a Virtual Stable account.

Everyone has an essential part of their handicapping arsenal, such as past performances or tip sheets or video of races.

The holiday season is at hand, a new year is around the corner and in some parts of the country turf racing has gone on hiatus until the days when talk about the Kentucky Derby reaches a fever pitch.

What that means is that turf runners in an area such as New York will travel south to Florida to enjoy the greener grounds at Gulfstream Park or head to a farm for a few months of rest while awaiting the return of spring.

The Pick 6 can be the most lucrative wager in horse racing.

It can also be the most expensive.

That paradox succinctly explains why the wager can be tilted in favor of handicappers with larger bankrolls. Given how quickly combinations can add up, the $2 bettor cannot keep pace with players who can wager $300 or $500 without blinking an eye.

Syndicates can help small players compete, but there are times when even the $2 player can take a stab at a Pick 6.

What matters here is finding the right spot.

Now that your sumptuous Thanksgiving meal has been reduced to tasty leftovers, there’s no doubt that winter is on the horizon.

For racing, which is a year-round sport, the changing of seasons does not constitute an end as much as it does a passing a baton.

In recent weeks, Fair Grounds and Del Mar opened.

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