We’ve all seen the ads with 800 numbers and 900 numbers for psychics who can tell your future and solve your problems. Makes you wonder why these clairvoyant don’t just play the lottery, doesn’t it? The truth is that it’s very difficult to predict the future and make a profit from it. On the other hand, that’s just what handicappers do when they handicap horse races.
Who wouldn’t want to be a psychic handicapper and just look into a crystal ball or read Taro cards to find the winner of the next race? I think the closest that most of us will ever get to that is to use our intuition in a useful way. There is still a lot of confusion as to just what human intuition may be. Some say it is a sixth sense that operates in a dimension beyond human comprehension. Others say that it is the subconscious mind picking up on subtle clues that the conscious mind misses.
Whatever the case may be, the fact remains that some people swear by it and claim to be able to use intuition to pick winners. When I handicap I am aware of hunches. If I keep looking at a horse’s name in my past performances I may ask myself why I’m drawn to that particular horse. If I can’t remember something about it, such as watching it get blocked during a stretch run or being impressed with its last performance in some way, I’ll then credit my subconscious with being fixated on that runner.
I’ve had good hunches and bad hunches and to tell the truth, they’ve probably evened out. I know people who seem to profit from their intuition whereas I often will ignore a hunch which will then win or play a hunch that will lose. Like I said, I think I’m about even on betting on hunches. When you’re tired or lack confidence you may find that the hunches come faster and are more numerous. If they truly come from the subconscious here’s something you should know.
The subconscious mind is child-like. If you are struggling for an answer to which horse will win a race the subconscious may supply a hunch, even though it’s just a guess, because it tries to please. That’s why forensic hypnosis is so dodgy and many courts won’t allow testimony from witnesses who have been hypnotized. On the other hand, I have personally seen it used to search the memory to find lost objects.
The best advice is to know your self. Only you can know whether hunches from your subconscious are reliable or not worth taking seriously. My experience has led me to believe that good handicapping should be at least ninety five percent of your basis for forming opinions about races.