A backcountry track is any dirt racing track classified as muddy, sloppy, good, or heavy. For the purposes of this article and finding good bets when the dirt track is out of place, we won’t be talking about racing on turf and turf surfaces, although they also offer opportunities for good bets when they aren’t fast.
Because people who provide past performance and bull statistics also provide information about a horse’s chances of running well off the track, there is some confusion about what makes a horse run well when the track is wet, whereas another might not run as well.
The following information works well for Thoroughbreds, Harness Horses, and Quarter Horses alike. Although the ability to run well or even better off the track can be attributed to the father or mother, what really makes a horse run well, and something that can be detected with a little practice, is the pace and style. horse race.
When the track is deep and heavy due to rain, it can also be slippery. Horses that normally have a light gait and skim the surface may have trouble getting good traction and therefore won’t be able to breed as quickly either. A good example of that was found at the Kentucky Derby when Mine That Bird seemed to fly right past the other runners. Was Mine That Bird really that much faster than all those other talented three-year-olds?
The answer to that question is yes and no. On that track surface with that jog-and-run style, Mine That Bird was so much better because he was accelerating slowly so he didn’t slip or lose traction, and he was digging deep and reaching the hard surface under the wet mud on top. No, on a fast track he won’t outshine the other horses, although he can be competitive, he won’t overtake them like he did in that race.
When looking for a horse that seems to improve on a wet track, particularly a muddy track, look for a horse that pushes its hooves down hard and propels itself with the front toe of the hoof. At first, it’s hard to spot, but with practice you’ll find that some horses scrape and float, accelerating very quickly on a fast hard track, while others dig in and seem to lumber on a hard track but can accelerate very well. on a muddy road. clue.
When picking winners on a muddy track, check the breeding to see if the bull is known to produce mud, and then watch the horse warm up on the track before the race to check his stride.