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ICON - Best Turn Time Rating. Accounts for the distance between the 1st call (2f for sprints - 4f for routes) and the 2nd call (4f for sprints - 6f for routes) which is completed around the final turn. Has proven unique and very powerful for many years yet not known by the majority of players.
ICON - Final time speed rating average. Ratings from 2 or more competitive races are used. This is the horse with the highest SPD FIG in the ratings section of each race. You will be surprised how many overlay winners have this icon.
COMMENT & ICON - Has the best FINAL TIME TURF rating of this field and should be in the hunt if that effort is repeated today.
COMMENT & ICON - This jockey does very well in turf races.
ICON - Has the best total pace rating of this field which plays strong in turf races and route races. If a horse has the best early pace and total pace it's pure dynamite.
COMMENT & ICON - Has the best late pace rating of this field and should have good energy down the lane.
COMMENT & ICON: - Gets the switch today to a jockey who has been HOT and this could definitely signal the trainer's intentions.
COMMENT & ICON: - Gets a jockey switch today that could possibly be meaningful.
(TTR) The TURN TIME PACE RATING! It accounts for the distance between the 1st call (2f for sprints - 4f for routes) and 2nd call (4f for sprints - 6f for routes) which at most tracks is completed around the final turn. Horses that run higher Turn Time Pace Ratings have proven to be the best at making that all important quick move on the turn and be in good position for the stretch drive once they straighten course. It is suggest to use the new rating along with the regular pace ratings. It can help you paint a mental picture of how a race will be run.
COMMENT & ICON: EXITS KEY RACE - Exits a KEY RACE in which one or more horses came back to win their next start.
COMMENT & ICON: EXITS ULTRA-KEY RACE - Exits an ULTRA KEY RACE in which two or more horses came back to win their next start.
COMMENT & ICON: TOP TOTAL CLASS RATING Comment: "Has the best total class rating of this field which means it has run well versus this class or better in the past." If there is a tie for top figure the icon will not be generated. Also maidens races are excluded as they have not yet exhibited their class level. TL CLASS is more of a "back class" rating and what a horse has already accomplished.
COMMENT & ICON: TOP RE CLASS RATING If there is a tie for top figure the icon will not be generated. Also maidens races are excluded as they have not yet exhibited their class level. RE CLASS is more of a predictor of what kind of class a horse will show today and what they have shown in the past 6 weeks.
COMMENT & ICON: TOP ALL-WEATHER TRACK PEDIGREE Comment: "This horse has excellent proven pedigree for all-weather tracks."
COMMENTS & ICON: ALL WEATHER TRACK RECORD Comments: "Has a very good win % on all weather tracks." or "Has finished in the money frequently on all weather tracks."
COMMENT & ICON: BEST FINAL TIME RATING ON ALL WEATHER TRACK Comment: "Has the best final time rating of this field on all weather tracks."
COMMENT & ICON: JOCKEY/TRAINER TEAM (Meet) "This Jockey/Trainer team has done very well this meet."
COMMENT & ICON: JOCKEY/TRAINER TEAM (Long Term) "This Jockey/Trainer team has an excellent record over a long term study."
COMMENT & ICON: Comment: "Jockey has frequently ridden OVERLAY winners this year so check to see if near post odds are generous." Certain jockeys have a niche for bringing in the overlays. This icon will flag those riders.
COMMENT & ICON: "Jockey is winning at a high % this meet and getting very live mounts."
COMMENT & ICON: "Has the best early & mid pace ratings, the very important PACE ADVANTAGE!!." NOTE- If a horse has the best early AND mid pace rating in a race it's usually a very good sign. This angle produces many longshot winners. If the horse has other things to like as well the play becomes even more confident.
COMMENT & ICON "Odds offer value, could be better than rated. Looks like a live longshot." Each horse with this icon on the handicapper analysis report should be considered a LIVE VALUE PLAY!.
COMMENT & ICON: "Shows a spot play angle in that this horse seems to have high quality ratings for several important handicapping factors from it's most recent races." This is a little spot play angle that works well at most tracks. Gets a very high % of winners.
COMMENT & ICON "Gets the nod for best final time rating of this field for this year which means this horse could be very tough if that race is repeated today." This lets you know which horse in the field ran the biggest race this year in terms of final time speed rating. Gets a good share of longshot winners.
COMMENT & ICON: "Within its last few starts this horse has matched or exceeded par for final time at today's class level and distance, a strong attribute."
COMMENT & ICON: "Drops down into a claiming race for the 1st time and this angle can sometimes lead to winners at a big price."
COMMENT & ICON: "Gets 5 lbs or more weight off from last start and that can help a horse perform better." This comes into play better as the distances get longer. If it's a route race this could be very significant.
COMMENT & ICON: "Trainer does extremely well with those racing with lasix for the 1st time." We did a several year study on the major circuits and found certain trainers do extremely well with this angle.
COMMENT & ICON: "Trainer has been getting a good share of winners at value odds this year." You will see some very high priced winners with this icon. Watch for it very closely.
COMMENT & ICON "This horse has solid pedigree for today's distance." The horse with the best pedigree for today's distance.
COMMENT & ICON "Has solid pedigree for racing on the turf" (if the race is on turf) The horse with the best turf pedigree in turf races. These horses win at a big price because many horseplayers do not consider turf breeding in turf races yet is is very important!.
COMMENT & ICON: Top Trainer Angle. Also known as special trainer talent, trainer move, etc. There are dozens of angles that you will see comments for. This is another icon that gets some very large mutuels.
COMMENT & ICON: "Has an excellent record at this track and that makes this thoroughbred a HORSE FOR THE COURSE." or "Finishes in the money frequently at this track."
COMMENT & ICON: "Has an OUTSTANDING record at todays distance which is fantastic!" or "Finishes in the money frequently at this distance. Always a threat."
COMMENT & ICON: "Trainer has a very good record at this meeting. A big plus factor."
COMMENT & ICON: "Has a very good win percentage on the turf." or "Finishes in the money quite frequently on the turf."
COMMENT & ICON: "Had a recent workout that was the best of the day for the distance. Usually a good indication of a high fitness level." or "Had a sharp workout recently that ranked among the best of all who worked that same distance on that same morning."
ICON: Horses that run well on wet tracks will get this icon.
ICON: The horse in each race with the best pedigree for a wet track will get this icon.
ML ODDS/TRUE ODDS: (5/3) numbers like this next to each horse in the handicapper analysis section is ML odds/True Odds. In this example the horse is 5-1 ML but his true odds are 3-1. The number on the right is the true odds and if the near post time odds are greater than the true odds, you have an overlay situtation. An overlay is a horse that goes off at odds that are greater than it's actual chances of winning the race. To be a successful horseplayer, winning on overlays is the key! The calculation of the true is a tricky science and must be accurate. You will find our true odds are right on target! You will see horses with true odds of 4-1, 5-1, 6-1 etc win at odds of 10-1, 12-1, 15-1 20-1 or more! Every horse with our true odds of 6-1 and lower should be considered a major contender in each race. Overlays with true odds of between 6-1 and 12-1 land a good share of monster payouts.
COMMENT: Z Pattern/Up & Down Angle "Encountered traffic in last race, lost ground during the middle of the race but gained ground back once clear. A true sign of a tenacious thoroughbred with a big heart." There is an exact formula for this that has been tested over the years.
COMMENT: Speed & Fade Angle "Showed good speed from the start to the stretch in last start but faded late. Shows a pattern that indicates this horse might carry its speed further today." This formula spans 3 races and looks for very detailed criteria.
COMMENT: Close But Out Angle "Was out of the money in last start but finished within a few lengths of the winner. Alot of the time the betting public dwells on a horse's finish position and because of that, this horse could offer overlay odds today." The number of lengths beaten is the key here and we have the exact number! 1 more length and the angle falls big % points!.
COMMENT: Short Off The Layoff Angle "Fowardly placed in its last race but came up short in the stretch. Was coming off a layoff, so that race was well needed, and could improve today." Days since last race, and last 2 races plus finish and beaten lengths make up this quality angle. Our in-house handicapper's secret recipe!
COMMENT: Post Position Angle "Had an outside post in each of the last few starts but gets a better starting position today finally."
COMMENT: Best EPS Average "Earnings per start average for current year is best in this field which means this horse has been productive versus similar or better competition."
COMMENT: Best Overall Class "Total class rating is at least 15 points higher than any other horse in this field. That means it has raced competitive in the past versus similar or better competition. Has the important BACK CLASS EDGE!!."
COMMENTS: There are several more comments without icons as well. All OTHER aspects of the handicapping process are covered!
{ D T 3 E } = Wagering available in each race. D= daily double, 3 = pick 3, etc.
P # = PROGRAM NUMBER
HORSE NAME = HORSE NAME
LSX 123 = HORSE IS GETTING 1ST, 2ND OR 3RD TIME LASIX. 1st, 2nd and 3rd time lasix on a 3 year old from January to August is a strong angle as is with a 2yo starting in October. 1st lasix for a speed horse is also a good angle.
M L = MORNING LINE ODDS
RUN STYLE = THE RUN STYLE OF EACH HORSE. Running style,{E EP P S}, followed by early speed points (0-8) An E8 will usually try for the front early. If forming your own opinion a good thing to do here is to analyze each race to determine if there is a lot of speed, not a whole lot of speed or a balanced shape (AKA = RACE SHAPE). E = FRONT, EP = EARLY PRESSER (just off the leader), P = PRESSER (just off 1st flight), S = SUSTAINED (late closer).
POW RTG = OVERALL POWER RATING. This is how we rate the contenders from top to bottom taking into account dozens of factors.
CLASS TL*RE = Total Class rating overall (TL) and Recent Class (RE) for races within the last 6 weeks and an indicator of today's predicted class. This will give you an idea how good a horse has run overall, recently and what is expected for today's race. Remember the higher the number the better and the bigger the gap from the top number to the next highest is what to look for. Overall you could consider this a very sophisticated class figure. We suggest always using a horse with the highest (TL) and (RE) in your wagers even if they are not listed in the top 3 or 4 selections.
ER PA = EARLY PACE RATING. Average 1st call pace number for most recent competitve races at or near today's distance. A horse with a 10 point edge or more in early pace has an advantage and sometimes produces longshot winners.
For SPRINT RACES (5f to 7f) this pace rating is for the 2f call. NOT 2f from the finish. It's from the start up to the 2f distance.
For ROUTE RACES (7.5f and longer) this pace rating is for the 4f call. NOT 4f from the finish. It's from the start up to the 4f distance.
MD PA= MID PACE RATING. Average 2nd call pace number for most recent competitve races at or near today's distance.
For SPRINT RACES (5f to 7f) this pace rating is for the 4f call. NOT 4f from the finish. It's from the start up to the 4f distance.
For ROUTE RACES (7.5f and longer) this pace rating is for the 6f call. NOT 6f from the finish. It's from the start up to the 6f distance.
LT PA = LATE PACE RATING. Average late pace number for most recent competitve races at or near today's distance. For all races this is for the distance from the 2nd call to the finish.
TOTL PACE = AVERAGE TOTAL PACE RATING. Mid and late pace rating added together. If a horse has the highest total pace and the early pace rating is one of the best in the race it's usually a very good sign. Especially if the race shape is in that horse's favor.
PACE SHAPE RATINGS: This rating takes inventory of the early speed points and run style for each horse. It then assigns each race a rating. Depending on the rating, you will instantly know if each race favors speed, a closer or a balanced shape. A race with a 4.5 or higher pace shape rating has a good amount of early speed. A 5.5 or higher pace shape rating has a large amount of early speed and might favor a closer depending on the track bias (which you, as student of the game, have a log of in your notebook). Conversely, a pace shape rating of 1.0 to 3.0 could definitely favor those with early speed especially if the track bias is favoring speed more than normal. A rating between 3.5 and 4.5 is the balanced area and these races will go where the track bias takes them. Since Turf races favor closers, a pace shape rating in a turf race of 4.5 or higher definitely sets up for the best closer.
SPD FIG = FINAL TIME SPEED RATING AVERAGE. Last 3 races final time figure, higher the better. This fig is very potent if last race is recent, use with care when coming off a layoff. Look at workouts points. This figure is more potent with higher quality runners. Cheap horses rarely run consistent enough to weigh their last 3 races very heavily.
PRS LVL = Purse level of competitive races, the higher the better. "$"= dropping to lowest class level of career and if only 1 horse in a race has this $ symbol it's usually a good play.
RCT FIG = Recent Figure for last 3 races performance rating.
DST FIG = Distance Figure. A rating for previous races at today's distance and within 1 furlong.
CUR FRM = PREDICTED FORM. The higher the better. This is a predicted form figure for today's race.
WRK PTS = WORKOUT POINTS. Takes into account the 'pattern' of workouts a horse has since his last race with 100 being ideal perfect. This number comes in handy for layoff runners and also in maiden races.
LST RCE = DAYS SINCE LAST RACE.
CONFIDENCE RATING = Rating that takes into account the edge in power rating points the top pick has over the 2nd pick

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