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What are your plays for the Kentucky Derby? Can you give an example of a bet or two you will be placing for the Kentucky Derby? Straight up or exotics I'd like to hear your thoughts on who you will be wagering on and why. Thanks!

Hi, Bryan!
My betting approach on the Kentucky Derby is to play/ attack the Trifecta's and Superfecta's because there is so much public (uninformed money) in the wagering pools and especially the exotic pools (exacta, trifecta & superfecta).
My handicapping approach on the Kentucky Derby is not so much about saying/ bragging, "I picked the Derby winner", but more about finding a couple of key horses to use in my exotics with an additional group of horses in the race that should finish around my key horses. This way I don't have to be perfect and I can still be correct and cash in on my exotic tickets.
I believe the reason most people are unable to correctly handicap the Kentucky Derby is because they don't understand how to correctly judge 3-year-olds as these types of horses are still developing. I use my own concept of Projections to determine how much a Derby horse may jump up in their form cycle. This is something I've developed over many years.
I won't give you all of my selections, but I will give you my two key horses I will be using (barring heavy rain & etc) which are: #5-Normandy Invasion (12-1) & #16-Orb (7/2).
Now remember, I didn't say these are the two Derby winners I'm saying these are the two horses in the race that look to me to best run into the top exotic spots so I can hit the trifecta and superfecta.
I hope this answers your question and have fun on Derby Day and Good Luck!

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Hal's Expertise covers the horse racing (pari-mutuel) industry and he can answer all handicapping questions from new fans, novice horseplayers or experienced bettors. His horse racing turf-knowledge is extensive and covers the full scope of the industry from Handicapping, Odds, Handicapping Principles, Handicapping Tournaments, Tournament Mentoring and Industry Operations on Multiple Levels. Additionally, he is the founder of a innovative website that will be LAUNCHING SOON called This website will offer the new fan or novice horseplayer sophisticated tools which will put the new fan on "par" with experienced horseplayers daily at the track or "level" the playing field for the new contest enthusiast in the tournament room!


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•NTRA/ NHC Players Committee Member (2010–to-Present) The National Handicapping Championship Players Panel is a 13 member panel that is hand selected. Hal Wafer was only one of three selected to be added to this select committee in 2010. The Players Committee represents tournament players by meeting with the National Thoroughbred Racing Association on a regular basis to discuss suggestions, ideas and concerns of NHC contest participants. This panel is the players voice!

•Published one of the industry’s first “How to Books” on handicapping contests titled “A Survey of Track Handicapping Contests-Rules-Suggestions-Potential” was published in 1999 by Harness Tracks of America, which was used as a guide by The Daily Racing Form and NTRA for creating their National Handicapping Championship • • •Tucson Greyhound Park •Arizona Player Gaming and Entertainment Guide

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