In horse racing its sensible to decide how much money do you want in racing. This eases your path to money a little because now you have a straighter shot to your goals. In the real world of racing you'll have to be more precise than "I want a lot of money" or "It's bound to come if I play the pick six", etc. Such a thing isn't a solid plan and that's just what's needed. A goal and a simple flexible plan. It does not have to be complex but it has to be thought out as an achievable thing.
As an example of a very simple but firm horse racing plan:
(1) goal: $ 1.6 million.
(2) time frame: four years from now on or by my birth date.
(3) tracks to be played: Santa Anita and Gulfstream Park only.
(4) wagers to play: Pick 3, Pick 4 and Trifecta.
(5) field sizes to play: 8-11 field sizes.
(6) race types to play: allowance, handicap and stakes.
(7) ticket prices range: $ A for 8 field size. $ B for 9 field size. $ C for 10 field size. $ D for 11 field size. How much money do you want to make in racing?
Think for just a second how long you've been playing the horses and how much you've in fact made or profited. Do you know? Have you been keeping a steady record or log? Yes? No? Think for just a second just where you're at in the game and what it takes in the simple things that you're doing or should have been doing to reach your money goals. So one of the first things to do is decide permanently how much it would take to satisfy you money-wise. $ 10,000? $ 100,000? $ 1,000,000? $ 3,000,000?
How much and how you're going to get it. Let me give you a hint. Break horse racing into two large but equal parts. (1) put all matters to do with selecting, picking, choosing, predicting and determining the outcome of races on one side. (2) then put all matters to do with predicting and determining how much profit or money-making over several months or several years on the other side. This leads to two equally important halves. Handicapping and profitcapping. There are already two major books on each one that's shows the way to apply their knowledge. So once again: how much money do you want to make in racing?