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Action’s Angles

Pay close attention when a top rider shows up for a small or little-known barn.

When a trainer has two horses running as an uncoupled entry in the same race, I like to play the higher-priced horses. They always seem to be ignored, and they always seem to run good.

I like horses who take a while to break their maiden. When they finally win, I like to bet them again because they often finally have figured the game out.

An in-form horse can beat a class horse. Don’t be afraid to bet a horse that’s in form that you think has a class edge.

The best horse doesn’t always win the Derby. The trip is everything in a big field. Try to envision the trip your horse will get and run it through your head. Break the race down that way.

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Author Photo“Action” Andy Andrews, of Joppa, Md., first began to the racetrack at Pimlico in 1995. The first live race he ever saw was when Cigar won the Pimlico Special. He has been hooked ever since. He won a Delaware Park monthly handicapping tournament in 2009, earning an entry into the World Series of Handicapping in Las Vegas. He also finished second in the 2010 Laurel Park qualifier for the National Handicapping Championship in Las Vegas. More by  ›