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Saratoga Handicapping Tips

For horse players, the Saratoga meet marks the beginning of the real racing season.  The Saratoga meet features the best horses in the country competing at a venue that is turning 150 years old next year.  Here is a little known fact.  The term upset is used to describe a shocking win where a big underdog beats a favorite.   This term stemmed from a horse named Upset beating who is considered to be the greatest thoroughbred ever, Man O War.  Man O War was 20 for 21 lifetime, and the only loss was to Upset.

Here are an experts tips for betting Saratoga:

1. Speed on the dirt dominates the meet.  There are very few horses that win from far back on the dirt, and most horses that go to the lead on turf make it into the trifecta.  In the first two racing days last year, 17 out of 21 horses that went to the lead were in the trifecta.

2. Horses that ran in Kentucky their last race perform terribly.

3. Most shippers from all other East coast tracks are only good enough to win cheaper claiming races.  If a horse is shipping in from Monmouth, Parx or other East coast tracks, they are not good enough to win an alowance or stakes race.  This is assuming they have run more than one race at those tracks.

4. If a horse is in the 1, 2, or 3 gate on the turf and does not have the speed to be first or second down the backside, the horse will usually get blocked on the far turn and lose all chance of winning.

5. If a horse is coming off a layoff of more than 60 days, he has very little chance of winning.

6.  Long shots rarely win on the dirt.  Long shots occasionally win on turf, but that is due to favorites running into traffic on the far turn.

7.  David Cohen is an excellent long shot speed rider.  If he is on a speed horse, he is a solid bet.

Enjoy the best horse racing meet of the year!

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The Law of Attraction Tip

There are hundreds of books about the law of attraction.  I have read about a  dozen of them including The Secret, Think and Grow Rich, multiple Wayne Dyer books, and The Law of Attraction by Jerry and Esther Hicks.  The basic concept of all the books is simple.  Your thoughts create the life that you are living.

The fascinating thing about this topic is it cannot be proven or unproven. It does make a lot of sense.  I know a lot of people who worry about things all the time.  For instance, my sister has always worried about having car problems.  Well, guess what?  She has had more car problems than anyone else I have ever met.

When I was younger I was always sick.  There wasnt a school year I completed where I wasnt out sick at least 25 days.  I was so used to being sick, I carried that negative thought process with me into my 20s.  I would always think to myself, well, it is getting cold outside, I will be getting sick soon.  As you wish said the universe.  Within a week of me having that thought, I was sick.  The funny thing is, about 6 or 7 years ago, I stopped believing in sickness.  Sure enough, I might have had one minor cold in that time frame.

For some reason, our minds are trained to think from a negative, worrying slant –  Dont  do this or something bad will happen.  It seems to be very difficult to think from a positive slant.  How many times do we say, If I do this, something great will happen!?  Think about it.  Over the next day, think about how many times you have worried about something, or thought that something bad will happen if you do or dont do something.

In The Law of Attraction by Jerry and Esther Hicks, one suggestion they make is to tell yourself hour by hour that things will be great.  For instance, when you wake up in the morning say, I am going to have a wonderful, tasty breakfast and a nice, warm, relaxing shower.  Then when you get into your car to go to work, say, I am going to have a smooth ride to work and will hear my favorite music on the radio.   On a personal note, simply writing those two statements made me feel good!

With all the bad news that is thrown at us on t.v. and all the bad things that seem to happen on a daily basis in our lives and the lives of others, it is extremely difficult to have a positive mindset.  But if we take it one hour at a time, we should be able to change this and start to think from a positive point of view.  Thinking from a positive point view will bring positive things into our lives.  Give it a try.  All it takes is some thinking.

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Rental Car Reservations Not Guaranteed

In my view a reservation that is not guaranteed defines an oxymoron.  If I reserve something, doesnt that mean I should expect it to be available when I arrive to pick it up?  A few days ago I arrived at Payless Car Rental.  The night before I arrived at Payless, I  reserved a car for two days via their website.  I live near an airport and it is about a 20 minute walk for me to the rental car place.  Payless is located off the airport.

I arrived at the counter and gave the attendant my name.  He said, HMMM, sorry, we dont have any more vehicles left.  I told him I reserved a car online.  He looked up the reservation and said, Sorry, our reservations are not guaranteed.  It reminded me of the Seinfeld episode where this exact situation happened.  He then told me there were four other reservations made after mine, and he had no cars available for them either.

In disgust I walked out of the rental car place.  I then stopped and went back in.  I asked for the regional managers name and number and the representatives direct managers number.   He then said, wait a moment, I will see what I can do.  He began to call the other rental car companies that were at the airport.   The first two companies he called did not have any vehicles either.  Finally, he found a vehicle for me, which was double the price of the vehicle I reserved through Payless.  I told him that was unacceptable and I still wanted to talk with the regional manager.

He then said, I will pay for half the car rental fee.  He gave me cash and also offered me a ride to the airport to pick up the car, considering I walked to this facility.  It was an excellent customer service gesture in response to a bad situation.  I commend the employee for what he did.  However, if you ever rent a car, it probably behooves you to call them to make sure your reservation actually means something!

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