My book, Speed And Class Handicapping
The Consistent Number System: Simple
and efficient, the Consistent Number speed handicapping system for thoroughbred
racing was developed specifically for using the Brisnet race summary in its
Ultimate Past Performances. You can also adapt the method to any past
performances if you don't want to use Brisnet past performances. This method
shows you how to spot races that are the most playable, and how to use Speed
Figures and class handicapping to win consistently. Forget about all the complex
handicapping theories, you won't need them. Anyone who uses the system in this
book will win more consistently and have a higher R.O.I. than most bettors. And,
you can handicap a card in less time, and spot the playable races.
This book will show you a more efficient and effective way to use the speed figures that are published in the past performances. A lot has been written about speed handicapping, but it's always the same theory, and almost everyone is betting on the same horse, which usually ends up the favorite and loses 67% of the time. This book shows you the smart and profitable way to use speed figures. And, as a bonus, it breaks down class handicapping as well.
Here are my class ratings for the major racetracks. You can use these to
help rate shippers in conjunction with the methods in my Speed And Class
Handicapping Book. It is preferred to play shippers from a track that is from
either the same or higher class. The difference in track class can be deducted
from the speed figures. For instance, if a horse ships to Belmont from Pimlico,
I would deduct 3 points off each speed figure.
Here are my class ratings for the major racetracks. You can use these to help rate shippers in conjunction with the methods in my Speed And Class Handicapping Book. It is preferred to play shippers from a track that is from either the same or higher class. The difference in track class can be deducted from the speed figures. For instance, if a horse ships to Belmont from Pimlico, I would deduct 3 points off each speed figure.
GRADE 1 TRACKS
AQUEDUCT INNER - 8
GULFSTREAM - 10
KEENELAND - 10
LOS ALAMITOS Thoroughbred -8
SANTA ANITA - 10
GRADE 2 TRACKS
CALDER - 7
FAIR GROUNDS - 7
GOLDEN GATE - 7
MEADOWLANDS - 7
MONMOUTH - 7
OAKLAWN - 7
PARX - 7
PIMLICO - 7
WOODBINE - 7
GRADE 3 TRACKS
EVANGELINE - 5
MOUNTAINEER - 5
PENN NATIONAL - 5
If the track is not on this list, we'll call it a 4. The points represent the approximate lengths a horse has to make up when shipping. For instance, a horse that races competitively at Gulfstream should be able to win by about 4 lengths if it ships to a comparable class level at a grade 3 track.
The different between Grade 1 and Grade 2 tracks is not dramatic. However, the difference between Grade 1 and Grade 3 or below is substantial. Horses that go from a Grade 2 track to a track that is not graded has an edge.
THE CLASS FACTOR IN HANDICAPPING
Depending on the distance and surface, my handicapping often comes down to either "pace handicapping" or "class handicapping." In route races and in turf races, the emphasis is on Class and closing power, or what I call "Kick".
CLASS: this is the toughest handicapping factor to explain. But the bottom line is, some horses have a "touch of class" which is inherent and this desire to compete often gives them the edge they need to win their fair share of races.
KICK: Late speed is a potent handicapping factor, especially in route races, and in most turf races. My Diamond System computer handicapping method includes some ratings from an older system I developed called The Formula. One of the ratings is Formula Kick. This rating is "the higher the better" and is computed from the 4 furlong (half mile) call. So, in a one mile race, the Kick rating is calculated by the horse's last 4 furlongs or last half. In a 10 furlong race, such as the Kentucky Derby, the Kick rating is calculated based on the horse's last 6 furlongs (or three quarters).
The reason why I like Kick is that it shows you which horses have "sustained" speed. Some people use last quarters to measure late speed. There's nothing wrong with that, but I think that my Kick rating is better because the classiest closers are horses that can mount a sustained closing bid. The greatest closer was Zenyatta. Her stretch kick and final quarters were blazingly fast. But, she also made up a chunk of ground on the final turn so she could get into position to mount that powerful stretch finish. Zenyatta had "sustained" closing energy.
ENERGY: My Diamond Ratings also show an energy rating, DI EG or Diamond Energy. The horse with the highest number has the most energy left for the finish. These numbers also help define class, especially in route races and turf races.
My new book, SPEED AND CLASS HANDICAPPING, shows how to incorporate Speed, Class, and Kick into your handicapping.
I'd like to show some examples of how you can use Formula Kick and some of the other ratings from the Diamond System when handicapping route races and turf races. Below is an example of a turf route at Belmont Park.
Belmont, 8th race, October 12, 2012
Belmont, 5th race, October 14, 2012