Have you ever had a hunch that something was going to happen and it did? It's a strange feeling, isn't it? It's almost like you can see the future. It's like you're psychic or something. Many people will tell you you're nuts if you tell them about hunches that come true. I used to be one of them, but I'm not anymore.
I read an article recently that said that hunches have nothing to do with whether you're psychic or not. They also have nothing to do with anything supernatural or paranormal. Nope. Scientists have studied hunches and have discovered that they're nothing more than very rapid judgments based on information that we don't even know we have.
It seems that our brains process information subconsciously and file it away for future reference. Then, when a situation comes up - like a race where you can't decide between two similar dogs - your brain uses that information to make a realistic prediction. We experience it as a hunch, but it's really nothing more than a well thought out decision.
It's just that we don't consciously know why we're making that decision, so we call it a hunch. And when it comes true, we figure that we had no control over making the decision, so we don't give ourselves credit for coming up with it.
Next time you have a hunch, look at the situation very closely and try to see if there's information that you're using without realizing it. Maybe you've seen this same situation before and that gives you a good idea of what's going to happen. Maybe it's handicapping knowledge that's so automatic that you don't even notice that you use it.
Keep track of your hunches. If they turn out to be right most of the time, use them. If not, maybe they're not hunches at all. Maybe you're picking up on something someone told you or information that's not helpful to the race you're handicapping. Hunches can work, but you have to separate the real hunches from the wishful thinking.