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The best indicator of fitness is a horse that runs every two or three weeks at area tracks. Such horses generally are in good physical condition and have the stamina to finish in the money at the end of longer races. Because it has run races regularly over the past several months, bettors know the horse is in good shape. When running only two or three races per month, the horse also has time to rest properly and recuperate from any post-race injuries while also having time for additional training. Most racing forms will include a “Layoff Line” that shows if the horse has been away from racing for more than 45 days. Such horses likely need a few races to get into top form. Recent workouts and the trainer in charge of them also should be listed and can help to determine whether a horse is trained well and in good shape or should be avoided.

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