Layout Overview

Today’s Racing Digest race sheets are broken down into 3 main areas.  The Header is where you have information about the race at the top, the horses in the middle, and Fractional Chart Order of Finish and Average Times at the bottom. In the middle of the race sheets are the Race Appraisal and Horse Comments.  At the bottom of the race sheet are the Horse Data boxes where you can find the horse’s data lines, trainer and jockey stats, breeding stats, an a number of other helpful features.  Below the images are brief descriptions for each feature and links to learn more about each feature and tips on how to use them.

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1) Track Profile – This feature gives you an idea of what kind of running styles (e.g., frontrunners, pressers, etc.) have been winning at the race’s distance. We list the number of races included in our study (22, in this case), then list the type of running style and the win-percentage. For example, Frontrunners (“F”) have won 22.7% of the 22 races at this distance while Late-Runners (“R”) have won just 4.5%. (F=frontrunner, P=pressers, M=midpackers, R=Late-Runners.)

2) Race level – The Digest assigns a number to each type or class of race. In this case, the race is a 130 on our class scale. This number allows you to compare races of different types to determine which races are stronger, the same class or weaker. Five points equals one class level.

3) Race Conditions – This is an abbreviation of the Conditions of the race.

4) Purse – This is how much money is up for grabs for this race. In most cases, the winner usually receives about 55 percent of the purse.

5) AFTL – The acronym stands for Average For The Level and are “par” times for the class. In other words, this class of animal should run these times over a normal surface. Compare the horse’s times listed in their Data Lines (past performances) to the AFTL to see which horses have come close to running to par for this class.

6) Favorites – We list the percentages for winning favorites and favorites in the money under these class, age, surface, and distance conditions. Believe it or not, certain races produce more upsets than others and we try to give you the heads up by providing these stats.

7) Horse – We list the horses’ names here, in post-position order. Also, sometimes you’ll see a symbol after the name and this indicates the horse is having some type of equipment change. For instance, a “#” indicates the addition of blinkers, a “@” indicates blinkers are coming off and “(L)” signifies a first-time Lasix user a “C” means they are up for a claim in an Optional Claiming race and an “nc”indicates the trainer has elected to not put the horse up for Claim under the CHRB rule 1634.  (this is usually a positive sign for the horses expected performance) We designate these since not all horses are eligible to be claimed in these type of races.  We also note betting entries by a letter (“A” or “B”) before the name.

8) Jockey – This lists the jockey for each horse. When you see a dot (“.”) after the jockey’s name, it means this jockey is replacing the jockey used from the previous race. An “x” after the jockey’s names indicates he is an apprentice.

9) Fire Number – This is the horse’s FIRE Number, a speed figure that takes into account each and every time recorded by the horse during the running of a race. The higher the number, the faster the horse.

10) Weight & Change – We list how much weight the horse is expected to carry here, as well as the difference between today’s weight and the weight carried in its last race.

11) Age/Sex –How old if the horse, you say? We list that here, along with the horse’s sex. (c=colt, g=gelding, r=ridgling (a horse with only one testical), f=filly, m=mare, h=horse (a 5-year old or older ungelded male),)

12) RRL – Recent Race Level. This is the Race level of the horse’s last race. Compare this number to the Race level in the Race Header to quickly determine whether the horse is up or down in class.

13) RCL – Recent Competitive Level. We list the Race level where the horse has recently been competitive. An “x” in this column indicates a horse hasn’t been competitive at any level recently.

14) CPR – Comprehensive Performance Rating. Another Digest speed figure, this one if the oldest of the Digest’s speed numbers. Once again, the higher the number, the faster the horse.

15) Total – This column is the total of RCL + CPR. It gives you a class and speed figure all in one.

16) PER – Performance Early in Race. We list the running styles for each horse. Just as we list in the Track Profile feature, F=frontrunner, P=presser, M=midpacker, R=late-runner

17) Handicapping Factors – Each horse usually receives certain Handicapping Factors (HF), which serve as a type of shorthand for us to communicate certain things about a horse to you. Most important in this column is our ―push‖ factors. When we like a horse we’ll use a 2 (love the horse), 15 (really like), 15a (like) or 20 (long-shot).

18) Equipment – This is the equipment the horse has been or is scheduled to wear. B=blinkers, R=shadow roll, RW=rear wraps, FW=front wraps, 4W= four wraps, G=goggles

19) Trouble – If the horse was in trouble in any of its races, we list that here. A “1” indicates a horses last race, a “2” a race back, etc. If the number is in parentheses (e.g., (2)), that means it was self-caused trouble.

20) Off Track – If the horse is proven over an off track, we list the Track Variant for that day here.

21) Best Prev Sur Dis – Best Previous CPR on the surface or distance. Pretty self explanatory. Whatever the distance or surface of today’s race, we note the best CPR he’s earned.

22) Past Class – Whatever the horse’s highest proven Race level, it’s listed here. This let’s you know how classy a horse once was.

23) Average RCL – This is an average of the horse’s recent Race levels where it has been competitive.

24) Last CPR – Simple, it’s the CPR (remember, the CPR is a speed figure) from the horse’s last race.

25) Fractional Chart Order of Finish – Lists the top finishers according to the Digest’s popular Fractional Charting (a projected race using representative performances from each participant in today’s race).

26) Average Times – The times listed on the ET (Expected Times) row are those expected from today’s field based on previous performances (these are the best times at each call in the Fractional Charting). The AT (Average Times) are based on the times high class horses run at the distance/surface. The AFTL (Average For The Level) times are the “par times” for today’s class of runners. In other words, they are the average times run by horses at today’s particular class level.

27) Race Appraisal – In this section, Digest handicappers provide their assessments of today’s race, emphasizing pace and class and highlighting contenders and top plays.

28) Closers – Which horses finish fastest? We provide the top finishers here. This information is compiled from the Fractional Charting.

29) Horse Comments – Digest provide information about each horse and assess their chances. Trouble notes follow each horse’s comments. (This feature may not be included in some issues.)

30) Horse name – Simply put, this is the horse’s name. Just so you know, a horse’s name is limited to 18 characters and spaces…that’s the rules.

31) Age/Breeding – The first number is the horse’s age, followed by his sex. After the dash (-), the horse’s sire is listed. In parentheses is the sire’s offspring’s win percentage on turf (T), synthetic (S), and in the mud (M). This is followed by the horse’s dam, which is then followed by the dam’s sire (a.k.a. – the mom’s dad).

32) Trainer/Jockey – The horse’s trainer and today’s rider are listed, along with their record (starts, wins, 2nds, 3rds) when teaming up over the past three months. In this instance, trainer Powell and jockey Rosario have had 10 starters together, with two wins, no 2nds and one 3rd the past three months.

33) Trainer Stats – We list all the pertinent trainer stats in this section, such as the trainer’s record from his last 15 starters (LAST 15) and how the trainer does with any moves the horse may be making today (i.e., going from dirt to turf (D/T), route to sprint (R/S), etc.).

34) Notes – What trouble has the horse encountered and when? The Digest lists this in abbreviated fashion.

35) Course Records – Shows how the horse has done on today’s surface and at today’s track. We list the record as starts, wins, 2nd, 3rds.

36) Works – Recent workouts are shown here. The info includes the track, the date, the time of the work, the condition of the surface and how the work ranked relative to other times recorded that day.

37) Last 10 FIRE – These are the last 10 FIRE numbers earned for the horse, just for convenience.

38) Track – Indicates at what track the horse’s race occurred.

39) Date & Race – Lists the date (MM/DD/YY) and the race number (after the dash) of the horse’s race.

40) Distance/Surface – This is the distance, as well as the surface of the race. “T” indicates the race was a turf race. Sprints (under one mile) are noted in furlongs, whereas routes (one mile and over) are noted in miles, plus additional distance.

41) Post Position & Key Race Winners – The first number is the horse’s post position for the race, followed by the total number of all the horses in the field. The numeral after the dash indicates how many horses returned from the particular race to win their next starts. Theoretically, the higher the number, the strong that particular race.

42) Weight – This is the weight carried by the horse.

43) Trainer/Jockey – The horse’s trainer and jockey for the particular race is noted here.

44) Track Condition – Was the track fast, muddy or sloppy? Was the turf firm or good? We note that in abbreviated form here. (FM = firm, FT = fast, GD = good, etc.)

45) Track Bias – A tremendous Digest feature. This column displays any bias that was in effect during the horse’s race. We note the type of bias (O = outside, I = inside, F = speed bias, L = late-runner bias) as well as the strength of the bias on a scale of 1 to 3, with 1 being a mild bias and 3 being a dominant bias.

46) Race Type – Lists the type of race in abbreviated format.

47) Race Conditions – These are the conditions of the Race Type.

48) RCL – Race Competition Level. The level represents the strength of the race on the Digest’s class scale. Comparing these numbers to one another allows the handicapper to see if the horse was moving up or down in class from race to race.

49) CPR – The number is one of the many Digest speed figures. This is the horse’s CPR for each race.

50) Finish Position & Beaten Lengths – The first number is position the horse finished the race, followed by how many lengths he was beaten (or won by if the first number is a “1”) crossing the wire.

51) Odds – The Digest lists both the horse’s Morning Line odds and the Actual Odds at post time. This gives you an idea if the horse was bet (perhaps he was “live”) or not (“dead on the board”). The ∇ indicates the horse was the post time favorite.

52) Track Variant – Sometimes surfaces can be slower or faster than normal for various reasons, usually due to weather or track maintenance. The variant adjusts the surface speed to account for these variances, and we list it here just because we believe in transparency.

53) Position at Each Call & Beaten Lengths – The first number is the horse’s position at each call followed by his/her time at those calls (these are not the leaders times, they are this horse’s particular times for the race). All times are adjusted to today’s distance and surface, taking into account differences in track pars and variants (routes are adjusted to route and sprints to sprints, but not routes to sprints or vice versa). This allows for easy comparison among different distances and between tracks. In essence, the Digest does all the work so you don’t have to.

54) Last Fraction – The final fraction the horse earned in the race. The final fraction has also been adjusted to account for differences in tracks, surfaces, pars and variants.

55) Pace & Final Time Ratings – Under the first column is the Pace Rating earned, a number which takes into account the speed the horse displayed through the first two calls. The second column lists the Final Time Rating, a speed figure that takes into account only the final time of the horse.

56) Equipment – All the equipment worn by the horse for its race is listed here. (L=Lasix, b=blinkers, r=shadow roll, 4=four wraps, F=front wraps, C=the horse was claimed out of the race).