Use Twitter as handicapping tool

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Social media has made access to the latest handicapping information on professional sports easier to obtain than ever before. Horse racing is no exception, and if you play the races on a regular basis and are not dialed in thru social media you are playing at a disadvantage. 

The latest in current track bias information. Late scratches. Jockey changes. Late wagering pool information including plunges in show betting pools. These and many other important factors that can point horseplayers to overlays and wagering opportunities that can be found simply by having a Twitter account. 

I use my Twitter account (@jonlindo60) on a daily basis to point out wagering pool oddities, track bias, late changes, and on track observations from southern California tracks. I also follow a number of reputable industry correspondents from around the country that keep me informed on a daily basis. Here are just a few key horse racing Twitter accounts that I believe should be followed to help you increase your profitability each and every racing day: 

• Jay Privman (@DRFPrivman) – National correspondent for Daily Racing Form, Jay is based in So Cal and is quick to update jockey changes, claiming information, and breaking news not only in California but from around the country.

• Tom Quigley (@Quigleys_corner) – Tom is the horseplayer liason at Santa Anita and tweets out paddock observations from Santa Anita and Del Mar each racing day.

• Del Mar racetrack (@Delmarracing) – Del Mar’s twitter feed keeps players updated on wagering pools, late scratches and changes, and events at the track.

• Santa Anita racetrack (@Santaanitapark) – Like Del Mar, the Santa Anita feed keeps players up to date on carryovers, scratches, upcoming events, and offers for horseplayers. 

• Jeremy Balan (@BH_JBalan) – Blood Horse correspondent Jeremy Balan’s reports range from California Horse Racing Board meeting developments, opinions on controversial stewards decisions, So Cal racing news, and more.  

• Churchill Downs (@Derbymedia) – Those looking for Triple Crown updates from Churchill Downs should follow this Twitter feed. 

• Ed Burgart (@QHEddie) – Los Alamitos Quarter Horse track announcer Ed Burgart tweets out late scratches, horses to watch, potential plays, and race replays from the Los Alamitos Quarter Horse meet. 

• Los Alamitos (@LosAlRacing) – The Los Alamitos racetrack feed tweets out replays that also include their thoroughbred meets. 

• Steve Andersen (@DRFAndersen) – Andersen is very good on updates regarding injuries, claimed horses, late changes, and potential plays from So Cal tracks. 

• Bob Ike (@BobIke1) – Long time So Cal syndicated handicapper Bob Ike is one of the best in observing trends, biases, and trouble notes as the race cards are running in California. 

Using your social media accounts will make you a better informed, better prepared, and better overall handicapper. Make sure to include this tool as part of your handicapping rituals. 

Del Mar Opening Week Notes 

There were several noteworthy items from opening week at Del Mar that horseplayers should keep in mind as the meet rolls on. 

A strong outside bias was in play opening weekend. Horses were able to sustain runs while parked very wide around the far turn and entering the stretch on the main track, which is not the usual daily situation at Del Mar during the summer. Watch to see if this bias remains in play and wager accordingly. 

New trainer Anna Meah was disqualified from her very first training win when Excellent Sunset was taken down in the opening day Kathryn Crosby Stakes. Meah then suffered a tough photo loss last Saturday with Stringent. She has yet to win a race, but this new trainer is spotting her horses properly and they are firing. Do not be afraid to bet on this stable if you like the horse. 

Trainer Robertino Diodoro won with two shippers opening week. Diodoro has stables around the country at places like Turf Paradise, Canterbury Park,, Oaklawn Park, and up in Canada. Diodoro also claimed My Farmer from the opening day first race, but the Del Mar racing office has put a hiatus on the Diodoro stable’s ability to claim horses at the meet. 

Why? Diodoro did not apply for stalls at the upcoming Santa Anita meet, which means any horses claimed during Del Mar would be headed out of town after the meet. Kudos to the Del Mar racing office for trying to protect the So Cal racing population. 

What to Look For in Week Two 

The new medication rule that allows zero tolerance of the medication Clenbuterol in any post-race sample goes into effect on Thursday. The “recommended” withdrawal time of this medication, which is legal to train on, is 21 days. It will be interesting to see how field sizes are affected. There were 66 horses entered on the Thursday card (eight races) and 68 horses entered for Friday (also eight races). 

Lindo Report Play for Gaming Today: Del Mar Friday Race 7 – Kodiak West (No. 1). Euro import got blocked entering the stretch in U.S. debut and never got a chance to show her best. She adds blinkers, gets a rider switch to Draden Van Dyke, and deserves another chance with a clean trip. 

About the Author

Jon Lindo

Jon Lindo is a syndicated handicapper, long-time thoroughbred owner, and publisher of the Lindo Report. Jon is also a regular contributor to Race Day Las Vegas Radio show on KSHP 1400 in Las Vegas and Thoroughbred Los Angeles Radio show, heard in Las Vegas at thoroughbredla.com.

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