Monday, December 31, 2018

Major Factors in Selecting a Horse

For three decades, John F. Abate has operated businesses which provide high-quality printed guides regarding various forms of gambling. One form of gambling John F. Abate has focused on is horse racing, where winners can often be predicted fairly effectively using a conservative strategy.

No metric for horse racing is more reliable than past performance, but novice gamblers may not know what to look for. While there's no such thing as a sure bet, these factors can indicate a greater likelihood of winning.

Looking at a horse's prior race lengths and footings can be indicative of potential success. Horses that have placed in the top three at their last three races within a furlong of the current race's distance, on comparable terrain such as dirt or grass, are more likely to win. Evaluating this as strictly as possible tends to lead to solid results.

The horse's last race within 45 days holds several indicators as well. A horse dropping in class relative to its last race (within the last 45 days) is more likely to win the current race. Similarly, if a horse posted a win by three lengths or more within that time frame, that powerful performance could indicate the strong likelihood of a big win.

Sunday, December 16, 2018

Practicing Guitar While Standing Up

Formerly a programmer and analyst for Johnson & Johnson: Personal Products, Inc, John F. Abate now works as the sole owner of Wintrack, Marketforce, and Success Publishers, LLC. John F. Abate likes to spend his personal time playing guitar.

For new guitarists, the majority of their practice takes place in the sitting position. While this may allow you to peak over the neck of the guitar and see what your fingers are doing, you should consider mixing things up and standing while you practice. 

If you aspire to one day play in a band or even just to play for a few friends, you will eventually need to learn to play while standing. Once you try, you will see that it is totally different from sitting. While standing, you can no longer hunch your back to peak over the neck of your guitar. Standing will help you to play by feel and memory instead of having to constantly look and see if your fingers are in the right place. 

To play standing, you will need a guitar strap. Electric guitars usually come with two endpins on either side of the guitar to connect the body and the neck to your strap. Most acoustic guitars only have one, meaning you will need to use a strap button, thick string, or shoestring to connect the strap to your guitar’s headstock.