Spotting Trainer “Franchise” Angles for Profit

Thinking Like a Trainer Pays Off

Equibase Virtual StableI think a big turning point in my handicapping career came when I began to focus on the work of the trainer. Thinking like the trainer, asking what is the purpose of this workout? Why is the horse placed in this race? Trainers read the conditions of races written by the track secretary trying to out maneuver the competition. Always read the conditions of a race before you bet! A big step forward was when I started to note that, like franchises, trainers were setting up shop in multiple or seasonal tracks. Using “Virtual Stable” from Equibase, fans can add trainers to their stables to keep an eye on key players of the game.

Utilizing Virtual Stable for Handicapping

Mark CasseThe first addition to my stable was my retired uncle, Ed Coughlin, just to see what he was up to with his long shots in Oklahoma. Second, I added Edward Broome because he operated in Florida and in New Jersey. Third was A. Dutrow as I felt with all the things going on with his brother, it would be good to watch him at Parx, NY and other places he invades. Mark Casse is a leader in Canada and for the past 3 years he has wintered at six, more southern tacks.

To cover California I leave it up to three female trainers: K. Mulhall, K. Walsh and C. Gaines. Along with M. Pender & Ron McAnally nothing really gets by me at the four Southern CA locations. William Gregory also has a nice stable there.

Trainer Kristin MulhallCharles Simon & M. Mareina had articles published about them and that convinced me to bring them on board. The last 4 are “legends” – Richard Mettee has just returned to training leading the Fair Hill barn forward and is about to make a lot of people money at the tracks he will soon dominate. D. Wayne Lukas was entrusted with a slew of horses about 9 months ago and his resurgence is well-written about lately. I had a feeling when I scanned all the Triple Crown possibilities and Lukas’ name was everywhere along with Baffert and Todd Pletcher. Tevis Q. McCauley has the most interesting name in horseracing and has given me some key plays recently, One Fast Frog @ Mountaineer for example. Last, but not least, is Larry Jones whose comeback is a welcome emotional event. Using Rosie N. at OP, FG & KY tracks, he runs classy thoroughbreds at perfect odds.

Cost Effective Tips for Trainer Angles

Larry JonesBy reading the trends at the bottom of Equibase’s, “The Handicapper’s Edge”, trainer / jockey combos become quite evident, like G. Gomez and T. Proctor of late. At, you can save a lot of time and money with the free past performances available under the horse racing page hosted by Cindy P. Dulay. So keep learning, reading and enjoying the races by educating yourself daily as the racing landscape changes weekly.

By Steven W. Mulhall
Owner / Handicapper

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I am a world traveler who's been to 24 countries and around the world six times. I founded after learning and following time-tested theories of racing and seeing the benefits of exotic wagering. I am currently in China where I take advantage of a 12-hour headstart on all racing information!

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