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Pace Makes the Race…Sometimes

You probably know by know that I call myself a pace handicapper. However, I don’t believe that pace makes the race all the time. Pace makes the race when, well, pace can make the race. Many times the least gimpy makes the race. Or the best form makes the race. Or so-called class makes the [...]

February 5, 2010 • Posted in: Articles • No Comments

Track Profiling

I collect old horse racing magazines – some go back as far as 1898. One of my favorites is from 1925 called A Crystallized Manual by M. P. Walter & Co. Actually, there’s still a lot of pertinent information in that little manual. Every section of the manual has a silk type divider with a [...]

February 4, 2010 • Posted in: Articles • No Comments

When three powerful factors come together…

One of my favor pastimes is post-mortem analysis. Take a pile of PPs and look for magic keys. Now the cynic will say there are no magic keys in horse racing, and anybody with half a brain can go back and find stuff that works AFTER the race has been run. But there are, really, [...]

February 3, 2010 • Posted in: Articles • No Comments

CPL/CP/FFR 3+/CSFR/PCZ 5.0 Limit

The month of January has been a good one. Here’s how. It’s called the CPL/CP/FFR 3+/CSFR/PCZ 5.0 Limit. I’ll explain in a minute. First, let’s just say I’m a profile fanatic. You could call the profiles equations, too. When they appear and the price is right I’m a happy person. I know over time I’m [...]

February 2, 2010 • Posted in: Articles • No Comments

Some Key MC results (Repost)

There are a couple key pace (Fast 5+) race types in the maiden claiming ranks that we need to be aware of.

A Fast 5+ key pace race horse that does not have a speed figure in one of its last three races that’s within the competitive speed figure range is a low, low probability proposition to [...]

January 26, 2010 • Posted in: Articles • No Comments

PaceAppraiser Update

The VG Online feature can be accessed with the “Reduce” check box and Display button. This is a condensed version of the PA PPs. We’ve had some subscribers ask for this feature because it makes it easier to use with spreadsheets. The original version did not include the pace picture; this one does.
We don’t want [...]

January 25, 2010 • Posted in: Updates • No Comments

Critical thinking and polytrack (Repost)

Turfway’s first meet on the polytrack surface saved horses, which is really what it’s all about. The posted fractions and final times were slower. The second meet on polytrack changed to a faster surface. Again, good for horses. The fractions and final times were faster that time ‘round.
I’m happy to report that the pace/final time [...]

January 23, 2010 • Posted in: Articles • No Comments