Video replays add greatly to the traditional method of close observation of horse racing events to pick future winners. Connoisseurs of the sport have always delighted at spotting significant moves during a race which have escaped general attention, and using such rare insights for rare handicapping success. Most of these analytical skills have remained inside the minds of a privileged few until the dawn of the current electronic age.
All video replays are not the same because the angles and heights of cameras can tell or hide essential horse racing secrets. The view from a grandstand for example, is quite different to that from a head-on position as horses jockey for rail positions. However, professionally edited video records of horse racing with strategically placed cameras, offer unparalleled learning opportunities for sports betting enthusiasts.
Jockeys and trainers craft detailed and innovative strategies for each race, which they are not supposed to disclose to third parties. However, they are creatures of habit and naturally repeat moves which work for them. Video replays of past events can be used to uncover such patterns of behavior and response, and be used for better considered gambling in the sport.
The winning technique of video replay analysis starts with observations about horses and riders at the starting gate. A nervous and uncomfortable steed will generally fail to win a rail position early in an event, and may be at a disadvantage in short sprints. Other combinations of horses and jockeys specialize in negotiating bends and turns, and have a habit of emerging from behind in tests of endurance. Few events unfold exactly to plan, and the ability of a jockey to respond to unexpected developments may determine the chances of winning in the most competitive races with evenly matched thoroughbreds. The understanding between a horse and its rider always matters because there is a fine line between abusing a whip and extracting the best from a champion.
It does not matter how often one sees a video replay-there could always be something new to learn from each viewing. There is an additive effect in focusing on the efforts of particular horses and jockeys over a variety of racing conditions, which is why a winning technique for a particular race track with known participants, may not work at an exotic site with unknown competition. It may be a good policy to enjoy horse racing everywhere, but to concentrate on placing sporting bets only in the most familiar circumstances.