Another remarkably good thread from the best horse racing forum on the web: PaceAdvantage.com.
Do you feel you have a special gift to handicap horses or do you think that any expertise that you learned is something that anyone could have learned if they put in the man power hours ?
Ive had people tell me in my life that i have a “gift” as a handicapper (usually after i released a winner to them and they made money!) and i didnt want to tell them that they’re not correct, so i just said thank you and moved on. But i’ve always wondered if any of us who have spent decades grinding on these races have any “gifts” that not just anyone who spends this much time following the races carefully can get.
I’ve always just thought that the very best players didn’t really have any kinds of gifts, but they were the ones who have a good clue and just outwork most people.
Do you feel you have a gift, or, do you feel that whatever crumbs fall your way is strictly because of decades of hard core experience combined with general intelligence and some hard work sprinkled in for good measure?