Overview of Today’s Racing Digest
Since 1970, Today’s Racing Digest has been the leader in providing unique and powerful handicapping information that goes beyond any other handicapping product or service. Since it’s inception the “Digest” has sold over 20 million editions to handicappers looking for a more complete set of tools, data and information that are easier to use yet more insightful allowing them to quickly and easily identify the real contenders in each race. From easy to use features like the Quick Picks and Fractional Charting to our powerful data lines already adjusted to today’s race distance and surface along with the insightful workout report no other handicapping publication provides an easier more effective handicapping product. View our Quick Start Videos » View a Sample Complete Digest » Comprehensive Handicapping Information From a Variety of Different Angles It takes more than just a final speed number, performance rating, or set of raw past
Click to enlargeToday’s Racing Digest race sheets are a powerful handicapping tool. Using proven strategies and method’s Today’s Racing Digest provides you with the most accurate and informative statistics, data and information available from any handicapping publication. The Digest race sheets are different and are often referred to as the “Form” on steroids because they expand on the raw data giving you more insightful and relevant information than anything else you have seen. Whether you handicap using speed and pace figures, or prefer class and breeding, or may be you just want an expert’s analysis and opinion Today’s Racing Digest’s got you covered. Each Race Sheets is packed with valuable information covering a variety of different angles. There is no right or wrong way to use them. Because there is so much information included in each sheet abbreviations and short hand has been used to present much of the data.
Winning Has Never Been Easier Click to enlarge“It is not how fast the horse runs that is important. It is how the horse runs fast.” Betting the highest speed figure will ultimately give you a flat bet loss. Often times the top speed figure horse is not suited for the pace match up of the race. This is where pace handicapping and Fractional Charting can help. Unlike traditional past performances, Fractional Charting makes it easy to understand the running styles and pace figures of each horse along with the probable pace shape of the race. With Fractional Charting you will be able to quickly visualize how the race may be run and identify which horses can or cannot compete in today’s race. The Digest’s “paper race,” the daily Fractional Chart page is a projection of today’s race using a representative race (chosen by our expert staff) from each horse’s past
Today’s Racing Digest Quick Picks page offers an easy-to-read, one-page format that gives you the information you need to make quick decisions. Quick Picks are put together by Today’s Racing Digest’s team of expert handicappers after they have analyzed all of the data and information written the analysis and have made their final decisions on how the race will be run. This means you get the experience, knowledge and value of everything found in Today’s Racing Digest in one easy to use page. Click to enlargeQuick Picks are helpful if you are not sure that you picked the right horses to win or you want to confirm that you have you accurately identified the contenders and main threats on today’s card. It’s also the perfect product if you’re new to handicapping and you need a quick and easy way to determine where to place your bets. The Digest’s Quick Picks
One of the best reasons to use Today’s Racing Digest’s workout reports is they will give you a better view of the current fitness and ability of the horse’s you are considering wagering on or against. Past performances can certainly tell you how a horse ran in previous races but just as important is how they have been training. The workout reports can also give you additional insight when looking at unstarted Maidens, imports, lightly raced horses and comebackers. The Digest workout reports are exclusive to Today’s Racing Digest which means you will have information that most of the betting public won’t have which will help you uncover hidden value and identify false favorites. Today’s Racing Digest’s workout reports aren’t just for the handicapper. Many of the top trainers, owners, professional and recreational handicappers and jockeys use the workout reports on a daily basis to help them get inside information
The popular Consensus Page tabulates the selections of the Digest handicappers and various features and presents the outcome of those results in an easy-to-read 1-2-3 format. Click to enlargeThe day’s “Best Bet”, the top rated horse that has the biggest point margin over the second rated horse, is highlighted in bold type. The point values for the consensus box is as follows: 1st = 5pts, 2nd = 2pts, 3rd = 1pt. This page is very helpful for players that didn’t get a chance to do their own handicapping or wish to find horses to fill out a Pick-3, Pick-4 or possibly a Trifecta. The consensus best bet horse usually doesn’t pay a lot, but tends to win at a high percentage. A handicapper can also find out the top three horses in the Fractional Charting, CPR and Fire Numbers at a quick glance. If you
Tim Osterman’s Fast Figs
Tim Osterman’s Fast Figs are what class and speed figure players have been waiting for. Click to enlargeSpeed and class are incorporated into one number and are listed for each rateable horse on today’s card. This rating is a combined class/performance figure based on the horse’s overall effort and the strength and level of the fields faced. Horse’s scoring within FIVE points of the top figures should be considered contenders in today’s race. if a horse’s rating is following by a (+) it means a horse may be ready to improve on to day’s figure. Generally, a plus (+) is potentially worth an additional FIVE points. Runners rated ‘X’ are either first-time starters, shippers from a new circuit, comebackers off more than four months or horses that simply could not be assigned a reliable rating. The Par (the average winning number for each class) is also listed for all the
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.
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
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
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.
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
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