Tim Osterman’s Fast Figs
Tim Osterman’s Fast Figs are what class and speed figure players have been waiting for.
There is no mechanical system that works all the time but then there are not handicappers who win all the time either, no matter how hard they work or what claims they make. What follows is a “quick pick” method based on the Fast Fig numbers that appear daily in Today’s Racing Digest. You don’t need a Form, you just need a Digest, an official program and access to near-post-time odds. Here it is:
STEP ONE–Pass races with a heavy “x” factor. In 11/12-horse fields, pass if there are four ‘x’ horses among the program entrants. In 9/10-horse fields, pass if there are three. In 5/6/7/8-horse fields, pass with two.
STEP TWO–Determine the contenders by stacking the Fast Figs in order. Include all horses that rate within FIVE points of the top choice OR the top three-rated horses, if they rate within 10 points of high. Remember to give horses with a plus(+) credit for five extra points. For example, a 104+ equates to 109.
STEP THREE–List the contenders’ Morning Line next to their ‘Fig. Eliminate contenders that have a price that is the same or lower than the number of contenders remaining to this point. For example, if four horses remain after Step Two, the Morning Line odds must be 9/2 or higher.
STEP FOUR–Multiply the number of remaining contenders by THREE to establish the required odds for an acceptable bet. If one contender meets this requirement, play it to Win/Place. If two meet the requirement, play both to Win.