There are a lot of things to consider when it comes to horse race gambling. If you're familiar with handicapping than you know that horse handicapping in a nutshell horse handicapping is taking all of the things you know about the horse, the track, and the particular race itself, and deciding which horse has the better chance of winning the race. A big part of this picture is the particular running style of the horse. As horses learn to run, and more specifically to race, they tend to settle into a particular style. These racing styles are then broken down into 4 basic racing styles. One of the most important aspects of properly handicapping a horse, and making picking winners is the way each individual horse that you're considering betting on races. How does the horse run?
There are four distinct running styles assigned to thoroughbred racing horses:
E++ E++ horses are known as E, Early or Front Runners. The Horses classed E++ want the lead, in fact, they have to be in the lead starting out. Studying a frontrunner's You Tube videos of past races, you'll find the that horse makes a break for it as soon as the gate opens. These horses can be spotted merely by their distance ahead of the other horses at the beginning of a race.
E/P -A horse classed EP like the frontrunner likes to get right out of the gate at the start of the race, showing speed early on in the race, however, these horses don't necessarily 'have' to be in the lead. These horses also show late closing speeds, making them very versatile horses depending greatly on the competition.
P++ - A presser, also known as a closer, is a horse that hangs with the pack. These horses are known for reserving themselves for the ladder portion of a race, staying with the other horses until the very end and then 'pressing' their way into the lead.
S - These horses are classed as stalkers, they run with the pack, generally right smack in the middle of it, blending into the crowd just as you would assume a stalker would, but then so casually that you might not even notice, the stalker starts to make it's way toward the front of the pack, sneaking up on the leader, and sometimes taking a win.
Stalkers aren't really chargers, and they don't really press their way to the front. They're not what you'd call sudden closers, they run a steady race, and they progressively work their way to the front of the pack to take a win.
These horses obviously run better in lengthy races, as long as they have the stamina to complete.
Armed with this information, you can start to consider how a particular horse will run on a specific track, or more importantly, in a specific race, bringing you that much closer to becoming one of the small percentage of winning horse handicappers in the world by steadily improving your ROI.