Sir Winston Churchill once said “Success is the ability to go from one failure to another without loss of enthusiasm.” That thought can be applied to all trials, including horse racing.

All major sports players in golf, baseball, football, soccer, basketball, running or bowling to name a few have down times. Horse players are no different. Here are eight ideas to help you get out of your slump.

1. Change of landscape. You’ve struggled with past performance sheets for your favorite track, but just can’t get a bead on a winning horse. Maybe it’s time to freshen up by exploring a new place or course. Visit another Off Track Betting (OTB) lounge without the disruption of your usual location. Also take a break from your usual track. If you’re big on the East Coast, switch to some West Coast tracks.

2. 10 CENT Superfecta. The second most popular bet in the horse racing world is the Exacta. Take a look at the total table on a given slot and look at the amount bet on Exacta versus the winnings. More often than not, the total dollars bet will be close for both. Switch to a 10 CENT Superfecta for all races on the card (provided one is offered). Bet only on this exotic bet. This will help train your disabled mind and allow you to make some adjustments not only as you move through the card, but on your next venture at OTB.

3. Review your best handicap bets. Look at your past successes and see what you did right. Often we forget the small details that lead to success. Research what worked in the past and apply it to your races today. Make a top ten list of each bet success and file the handicap sheets you used for future reference. Equally important review, the race ended immediately. Look for the angles you overlooked. Make mental notes or program notes to move forward toward future successes.

4. Go for low-budget bets. Yes, take in a smaller bankroll until you can regain your handicap footing. Allot just four dollars for each run and see how you do.

5. Study hard. There is nothing better you can do than some solid pre-race preparation. Not which races you want to take a pass on or which ones you want to emphasize before buying the track or the simulcast program. The Daily Racing Form site ( offers a wealth of information, including today’s entries for all tracks.

6. Don’t bet on every race. Skip every other race to allow more time for your handicapping. It’s very difficult to get a good bead on a race when you only have about twenty minutes between races to handicap. Give yourself more time to review the past performance of each horse in a given race. Better yet, as part of your preparation, pick just two races for the day and carefully analyze those races.

7. Selected race practice. Explore the featured race across multiple tracks in multiple time zones. For example, take the eighth race of four different courses in four different time zones and take your handicap time each. This exercise will give you plenty of time to think a lot about each race, but will give you a nice multi-track handicapping experience. Use what you learn from each for future handicapping success.

8. Change party beer. Yes that is correct. As humans, we are creatures of habit. We tend to stick with a brand we like and trust. Perhaps making a small change can create a new perspective. Hey if nothing else works why not.

These are just a few ideas you can implement to make the necessary adjustments to get out of your handicap slump. Changing things up a bit can help. At least it’s worth a try. Good luck with all your handicaps.

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