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One of the toughest things to do when handicapping horse racing is consistently picking winners in 2-year-old maiden races. You’ll often run into big fields but with little or no experience to help you form your opinion.
Some people choose to stay away from these races, but I absolutely love them. In many of my large scores, including my three largest this year, 2 year olds maidens have been the key. I was able to either single (a 2-1 at Gulfstream in a Pick 5) or go two-deep and nail a 15-1+ horse where others were playing 4-5 horses on similar sized tickets.
This is in no way a comprehensive list of angles that you can look for, but it will allow you to decipher more than just workouts on the page.
Let’s start with horses making their debuts:
Now let’s look at 2-year-old angles that can apply to both first time starters and horses with a race or two under their belts:
I could keep going on about things that will lead me to a horse in these type of races, but this is a great start. Don’t be shocked if you see a Part 2 of this, since many people struggle with maidens, especially when they are starting out.
One last thing to remember: speed. When in doubt, you want the horse that will be running first at the top of the lane. Juveniles are green and are still learning, so they often have trouble passing horses, especially at lower levels.
Good luck at the races!
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