Monthly Archives: August 2013

Pace Definitely Makes The Race

The most important skill a handicapper can acquire is the capacity to determine which horse or horses will set or force the early pace of a race because horses that get or stalk the lead at the first call win … Continue reading

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Does Pace Make The Race?

It does not matter whether you are handicapping a major stakes race at Saratoga or a $1500 claiming event at Portland Meadows, one thing is certain. Pace makes the race. That became abundantly clear to me when I attended a … Continue reading

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Beyer Speed Figures Are Worthless

In 2012, D. Wayne Lucas was talking to reporters before the Kentucky Derby. When asked about Beyer Speed Figures, Lucas said, “Throw ’em out. They’re as obsolete as high-button shoes. If you go by the Beyer numbers, you’re never going … Continue reading

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Track Variants: How Reliable Are They?

I touched briefly upon track variants yesterday, but I feel it is important to delve into the subject a bit further. Many handicappers are convinced that it is necessary to adjust the running times and/or speed ratings of a horse … Continue reading

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The Fallacy Of Using Par Times

Yesterday, I posted a link to my blog post, Speed Numbers: Detrimental To Your Handicapping, at Twitter, and I received the following question: “how do you feel about Brisnet, Equibase, Thograph, & Ragozin #’s.” As I was typing my reply, someone … Continue reading

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