Part 13: How Nuances Go
Hand In Hand With Predatory Handicapping
Are you �nuanced out�
If you are, I still want you to keep reading. This is positively the
last installment of this extended writing. I promise no more
nuances, but I do have to place everything in perspective for you or
feel that I do.
Let�s start off with an obvious statement just to get everyone on
the same page no matter if you wager on track or at a satellite
Putting nuance handicapping hand in hand with �Predatory
Handicapping� doesn�t require a blind leap of faith. If you�ve been
reading this series since the beginning, their interaction should be
quite obvious. The whole point of nuance handicapping is to give you
yet another inclusionary or exclusionary angle to supplement your
existing modus operandi.
Nuance Handicapping by definition is �predatory� because it makes
you go the extra mile, as does physicality handicapping.
Most handicappers are quite indifferent when it comes to more work
or incorporating something new to improve their game. And in a way,
I�m glad that they are. If everyone kept my pace, my methodology
would soon become �common tender� and, most likely, unprofitable.
To this very day, it amazes me how so many good players will spend 6
hours or more �paper� handicapping a Saturday afternoon�s card. They
put up speed and pace figures, look up trainer/jockey combos, post
position stats, examine charts and incorporate a host of other
things that make up their personal methodology-----but that is as
far as they go!
Very few of them choose to take their game to another level by
utilizing both nuance handicapping and physicality handicapping and
in doing so, become more predatory in their approach to the game.
If on track, most players are interested in getting a good seat to
watch the races they bet. Go to any paddock at any racetrack in
America. Take a look around and see how many handicappers are in the
paddock for any given race note taking, verses the total attendance
for that afternoon.
I�d estimate that situation to have a ratio of 20-1.
And by that, I mean for every handicapper you see pacing the paddock
looking at horseflesh, there are 19 other handicappers or 95% of all
attendees that are located somewhere else on the track other than in
the paddock, be it the clubhouse, grandstand, front apron or the
I have no idea what that ratio might be at a satellite outlet since
I�m always on track. But if you are strictly a satellite player, the
next time you visit your local emporium in an attempt to �Beat the
Beam�, you might want to take notice of those players who are paying
strict attention to the TV monitors vs. the casual or momentary
glancers. Most likely, that ratio is also about 20-1.
If you ask the 19 out of 20 handicappers who aren�t paying attention
to either nuances or physicality and nearly all will say that they
play the races to have fun. They don�t want to go to work. That�s
exactly what they are trying to get away from. They claim that
running around is too much effort and that they came to the
racetrack or their satellite outlet to relax and enjoy themselves,
not to continue their workweek!
Okay, I can live with that.
When I go out to see a movie to have fun, I wouldn�t want to be
forced to do 20 push-ups every 10 minutes for an hour and a half
while viewing the flick. I went to the movie to relax and have fun,
not to sweat and bulk up!
But maximizing the potentiality of the nuance angle or the
physicality process to become a �predatory handicapper� does require
quite a bit of moving around. I completely �get� anyone�s point
about going to the track to have fun. Breaking a sweat for 5
straight hours can hardly be looked upon as �fun�.
As you probably know, my staff and I publish the DAILY SCHTW. The
physical running around that is described above is what we do every
day in every race, rarely getting a chance to sit down.
It�s a drag!
But many moons ago when first getting into this game as a teenager,
it wasn�t long until I discovered that winning was fun and losing
At the end of any losing day, I was a hundred times more tired than
on winning days though working and walking just as much on either
Whenever I had big winning days and I was in my �gloating zone�, my
energy level would soar and be quite high until I passed out at
night with a wide smile on my face knowing that I had beaten the
toughest game on the planet---if only for a day! It never mattered
how tired I was at the end of any day, just as long as I walked out
of the track with more money than when entering.
Figuring how much I had won for the day was all the �fun� I needed.
Here�s another benefit to implementing both �nuance and physicality
handicapping� to your selection methodology to become more
At 57, I know that the best thing in the world for me personally is
to be constantly walking every racing day.
This labored movement assures me that the �percentages� are on my
side healthwise to remain more mobile and betting a lot longer than
my seated counterparts.
Why not join me?
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Joe Takach. All rights reserved.
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