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Horse bettors are a dying breed to say the least, but we get really happy when we get to bet on all the Breeders’ Cup races and on Kentucky Derby day.

These are the two best events for a small $2 bettor to make a big score, and it only takes one good bet to get the money.

The Breeders’ Cup wagering menu offers some great opportunities to score big for small money offering us $1 daily double wagers and 50-cent wagers on all pick 3’s, pick 4’s and pick 5’s. And don’t forget boxing those 10-cent superfectas. We can get a huge score with a five-horse dime box which only cost $12.

First, we must decide how much of a bankroll we will be putting into action, we must start out with a plan of attack, and what type of wagers will we be betting on.

As for this bettor, I will be only wagering on the 50-cent trifectas, the 50-cent pick 5’ s, some 50-cent pick 3’s and pick 4’s.

My plan of attack is to just make a few plays on the Friday 2-year-old Breeders’ Cup races and wager the main portion of my bankroll on Saturday’s races as we will have a better idea of the weather and how the track is running. 

There is one thing that I always do on any given race day but especially on long days like Breeders’ Cup and the Kentucky Derby, I always bet the last race first and the last pick four first. The reason for this is as they day moves along we could start losing and that losing mood will play havoc on our betting as we look to stab some long shots trying to get even or ahead.

There have been many times in my early days of betting that I would love a horse in one of the later races, but by the time the race came my pocket was just about empty, so the bet would be on some long shot who had little or no chance of winning.

Some tips for planning your betting strategy: Handicap the races the night before. Be prepared to make adjustments after scratches, check the weather and play that last race first and the last pick four first. Put those tickets away and start from there, if you happen to be winning going into those late races you can either press or sit back and just enjoy the rest of the day. If you happen to be losing, you can make some small bets or just sit back as you have already played the late races, it’s a good plan that I have used with great success over the years.

If you have time, try and take in one of the free Breeders’ Cup seminars around the city, especially the one at Boulder Station at 9 a.m. Friday with myself, Gordon Jones and the “Track Phantom” Dave Valento. They are extremely informative with some great handicapping and ideas. The main thing is have fun and enjoy these two great days of racing .

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