i no im gonna sound stupid but      are handicapping and claiming races the same thing or completly differant? and if their differant what is the differance

Handicapping is where you go through the list of races each meet and list who you think will finish 1st through 3rd in each race. You handicap races to get money for your stable.

Claiming is where you put in a claim on a horse in a claiming race. You claim to get a horse for your stable.

There should be more detailed instructions on how to do each under the appropriate sections in the Forum Index, under Announcements.

thanks for the info ill try not to ask any more newbie questions