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In recent years an increasing number of tracks have offered days geared around races patterned after the Claiming Crown. In other words, they put together a card filled with races for horses that have competed in claiming races which offer purses similar to stakes races. Quite naturally, they attract a top shelf collection of claiming horses and can be quite tricky to handicap.

Yet they can also point out some intriguing horses to play – in their next race or two.

Take Class and Cash.

If you wagered on the first race at Gulfstream Park on Jan. 22, once the horses crossed the finish line you were either jumping for joy or scratching your head in disbelief.

The winner was Grand Lord, who was sent off at 83-1 and paid $169.80.

The runner-up was Discreet Manner, who was 58-1 on the toteboard.

Together, in a relatively small field of seven competing with a $6,250 claiming tag, they formed a $2,044.40 exacta for a $2 wager.

History can be an important asset in handicapping for some rather logical reasons.

If something happened once before on a racetrack, why can’t it happen twice?

After all, we’re not talking about lightning. It’s a horse race, and when you can find an instance when the present starts to replicate the past, it’s usually a good time to reach into your wallet for a few dollars and head to the betting windows.

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.

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