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Picking Long Shots In Horse Races

Good long shot bets aren’t easy to find. The tote board odds on a horse are usually a pretty good reflection of that runner’s chances of winning a race. There are some variations and once in a while the crowd miscalculates, but overall their opinion of a horse is usually pretty good. If that is the case, why can’t you just bet according to the odds? The reason is the vigorish, otherwise known as the vig. The amount of money the track takes out of each pool is the reason it’s so hard to beat the races. On the other hand, every day, at tracks all around the world, some longshots do manage to win races and a few lucky or highly skilled people cash big tickets.

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