Post Positions of Winners by Size of the Field

Winning post position statistics is probably not the first place you are going to look when handicapping a race.  However, it can be a valuable tool when you are undecided between one or more of your contenders.  There are a lot of variables that contribute to a horse winning a race and in certain racing conditions the post position can have an effect.  As an example, many believe that young horses (particularly 1st time starters) do not like to be drawn on the rail.  The theory is these younger horse’s don’t like to be in close quarters when racing and will shy away from other runners.   For whatever reasons, when using the Post Positions of Winners by Size of Field report you will see that some post positions do fair better than others. Click to enlargeEach report shows you the winners listed by post position for each distance/surface category. 

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Race and Fractional Time Summations

If your looking for detailed information for previous races, look no further. Click to enlargeThe Digest’s Fractional Times and Summations displays the distance, class, track conditions, Race Competition Level (RCL), purse, Comprehensive Performance Rating (CPR), morning line and actual odds of the winner, the winner’s running style, the first three finishers, and whether or not the race was fast, slow or average for each race.               If you would like to try Race and Fractional Time Summations for free enter in promo code RACEFRACTFREE when creating a new account or logging into your existing account. View available Race and Fractional Time Summation Learn about using promo codes. Explanation of Columns The columns in the Fractional Time and Summation Report are mostly self-explanatory with a few exceptions LF= the last time of the Last Fraction. TV=Track Variant, quoted in lengths or fifths of seconds. Minus

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Track Profile

Each horse has a running style that produces his or her best effort.  Each track, at each distance has a prevailing running style that produces more winner’s.  Putting these two pieces of the handicapping puzzle together can result in more consistent winning tickets. Click to enlargeToday’s Racing Digest’s Track Profile tabulates the winning (as well as place and show) running styles for each track at each distance and displays them in an easy-to-read format.  The Track Profile allows the handicapper to concentrate on those horses whose running styles are currently winning at a particular distance, while avoiding those underlays whose running styles will be hurt by the prevailing Track Profile.  The statistics provided show the total number of races and the style of the winners as well as the place and show horse. The Track Profile is run weekly 2 weeks following the start of the meet.  For the first

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Track Bias

Race tracks play differently every day due to weather, normal maintenance, etc. Sometimes the track seems to favor no particular running style and no part of the track seems better than another. That’s not always the case, though, and trip handicappers have long made their money by noting whether the track favored one type of running style or another and then following the horses that ran ‘against the bias’. Click to enlargeIn Today’s Racing Digest’s Track Bias report we divide track bias into two types on the main track. There are running style biases in which either horses with speed, we call them Front Runners in this table, or no early speed, Late Runners, have an advantage. There are also days when the rail is better than the outside and vice versa. These biases run from moderate to strong to dominant.  The strong and dominant biases deserve the most attention.

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Track Variants

It’s important to understand that the recorded time of a race may not be the same thing as how fast it was. This seems like an illogical statement but there are other forces at work. On a given day, the effects of temperature, humidity, wet weather, wind, track maintenance and even the angle of the sun can have a dramatic effect on race times. To take into account these “effects” a track variant is used to adjust the speed of the race either slower or faster. The variant Today’s Racing Digest uses is a measurement of the difference in time between an individual performance and our class/distance par times for each track. This is one of the most accurate ways to ensure accuracy because without an accurate variant any speed or pace figures calculated using that variant will be inaccurate. Click to enlargeToday’s Racing Digest’s Track Variant report is a

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Hot and Cold Trainers and Trainer Jockey Combinations

Hot and Cold Trainers It’s no surprise that the best winning trainers get the best horses but just like in any sport success may come in streaks. Click to enlargeToday’s Racing Digest’s Hot and Cold Trainers report is a good place to start when trying to identify those trainers who are having good success.  In the report, the trainers are listed by win percentage. The time frame is a ten-day period unless specified otherwise. Hot trainers are those that usually win at over 15% with several starters, while Cold Trainers are those that win at less than 7%. As you follow this feature over a period of time, you’ll start to see many of the same trainers are always popping up as Hot or Cold. By restricting your play to horses by trainers that win at 15% or better and eliminating any horses (especially low-odds horses) from barns that win

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