Changes

I’ve been writing about and playing greyhound races for over 40 years now. I still love it and would love to play dog races every day, but I can’t. I live in a state where the nearest dog track is an overnight trip and the nearest greyhound simulcast is almost a day’s drive away. I go to the simulcast outlet once in a while, but not often.

Instead, I’ve gotten more and more involved in horse racing handicapping. I can play Belmont, Churchill, Santa Anita and all the major and some minor tracks at the local OTB, along with a slew of harness tracks. So, that’s where I go and that’s what I handicap and now, it will be what I write about.

I used to avoid horse race handicapping because it was so complicated compared to dog racing. Fractions, speed and pace figures, trainers and jockey combos, layoffs, meds and equipment… It seemed to me that you had to be an expert just to understand the jargon. And an Einstein to figure out the stats and percentages. I tried to handicap using the pp’s at our OTB and it’s not a bad program, but I didn’t do too well.

Then I found a software program that makes handicapping a whole lot easier and has yielded some nice winners, exactas and tri’s since I’ve been using it.  I don’t have a financial interest in it and I’m not an affiliate for it. I’m just an enthusiastic user who thinks that it could help a lot of handicappers who would like an easier, quicker, yet powerful way to handicap horse races.

The name of the program is iHandicapRaces. Here’s a link and it’s not an affiliate link www.ihandicapraces.com. If you handicap horse races, do yourself a favor and check it out. There’s a daily free race you can look at that can give you a good idea of the program’s features. Don’t be put off by the animated running style icons. I was at first, but I’ve come to value them for helping me find lone early speed and races that are set up for different situations.

For instance, if you see a race with a lot of “rabbits” and one “turtle”, there’s a good chance that the closer will be in at the finish and one or more “foxes” or “hounds” will be too, because the “rabbits” will deplete their energy in a speed duel. It’s a lot quicker to find pace scenarios with the Pace Pal figures than it is with a program. It seems to work particularly well in races with large fields, which are tough to handicap with the usual handicapping methods.

From now on in addition to my own posts, I’ll be including posts by Bill Peterson, with his permission, of course. He’s been handicapping the horses longer than I’ve been handicapping greyhounds and has taught me most of what I know about horse racing.

I know that most of my followers have joined because of an interest in greyhound racing, so if you’re not up for horse racing feel free to unsubscribe. No hurt feelings on my part. But if you want to explore horse racing handicapping approaches, stay on the list. I’ll be posting more soon.

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