Tom Jicha

Tom Jicha grew up in New York City and worked with John Pricci at the short-lived revival of the New York Daily Mirror. Tom moved to Miami in 1972 for a position in the sports department at the now defunct Miami News.

Tom became the TV critic in 1980 and moved to the South Florida Sun Sentinel in 1988. All the while he has kept his hand in sports, including horse racing. He has covered two Super Bowls, a World Series and the Breeders’ Cup at Gulfstream Park.

He's been the Sun Sentinel’s horse racing writer since 2007 as a staff member, and continues to this day as a free-lancer.

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Monday, February 11, 2019


Tips for Betting at the Cheltenham Festival


The Cheltenham Festival is a great time to enjoy betting on the races. The challenge is finding the right strategy to place a winning bet. By taking measures to reduce the risk of betting, you will enjoy the excitement and the opportunity available during the festival.

Check the Program

The Cheltenham Festival is a four-day event, so you want to pay attention to the program before you start placing bets on a specific race or a set of races. You will have an opportunity to place a variety of bets throughout the event.

Look into the plan for each day. Find out who will spend time on the track and who is planning to race on a different day. Jump racing at the festival does not mean you will see the same horses and jockeys in every race. By keeping up with the program, you can ensure that you are following through with the races and jockeys that interest you throughout the festival.

Learn About the Horses

The horses play a key role in the betting process. When you want to enjoy Cheltenham free bets, it is important to look into the horses in the race. You want to find out if there are changes to the horses in the race. It is particularly important to make sure you stay up-to-date on any problems with the horses or the jockeys. An injury may result in a last-minute change to participants in the race. You will also want to find out details about a horse's pedigree and previous performance in other races.
By learning about the horses, you make educated decisions about how to place your bets. While a variety of factors contribute to winning a race, the horses and their skills play a significant role in the process.

Focus on Your Preferences

The final aspect of placing a bet on your favorite horses or jockeys during the Cheltenham Festival is picking out the horses you enjoyed watching in previous races. Do not ignore your favorite horses or jockeys when you are looking into the options for a bet. You may want to consider the horses or jockeys and the others on the track with them to feel confident in your choices before you place a bet.

Horse racing is a process and it involves multiple races and participants. While a horse may win a single race, you do not want to assume that the same horse will win every race. Look into the different options and focus on selecting a few preferences for your bets. You can narrow down the options by focusing on a set number of events or a set of races, or you can bet on a single jockey or horse throughout the festival.

The Cheltenham Festival is an interesting and fun experience. Whether you plan to place a bet online or you plan to attend the event and place your bets at the races, you want to follow through with your research and narrow down your options before you put money into a bet. It will give you the confidence to enjoy the event without taking a high risk when you make a bet.


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