Horse Racing And How To Understand A Horse’s Form

Using any powerful indicator of a horse’s ability to come across the wire in one of the positions of win, place, show, fourth or fifth is a method that gives a player an edge in racing. The more powerful the indicator the better the chance of choosing the correct horse for any one of the above positions. The horse’s form is an indicator that’s used to advantage by those skilled in the game. One of the best skills to have is to know how to understand a horse’s form. It’s not difficult to comprehend if a horse has certain abilities for its’ present race by reading the daily racing form where the horse’s statistics are written.

There are four ‘call’ positions plus the finish position around a race track in which the horse’s position and full-lengths as well as fractions of a length are recorded for a race. A length is considered to be 8 feet or about the length of a horse from nose to tail. These positions, lengths, and fractions of a length are the distances a horse is about the leading horse and the leading horse is about the horses behind it. The daily racing form has a maximum of 10 races for each horse and a maximum of 10 finishing positions for each horse. If the horse is a first-time starter then there will be no races shown. Instead, there will be several workouts and comments stating the horse’s abilities and potential. Understanding these ‘call’ positions is how to grasp a horse’s form.

When you study the daily racing form to analyze the horse’s form pay attention to the 3 most recent past races. Sometimes a horse is shown with only one or two most recent past races and this is all that you’ll have to make an assessment. Also, pay attention to how many days that the horse hasn’t raced. If the horse hasn’t raced within the past 60 days then there is approximately a 90% chance that the horse will not come in the ‘win’ position. The horse may still come across the wire in the ‘win’ position, but it is highly improbable. Horse racing is complex and is made of two major divisions: Handicapping and Profitcapping. Both are statistically oriented because horse racing is a statistical game.

Another matter is that a horse’s form isn’t identical to a horse’s present mental and physical health. A horse’s last race which took place two or more weeks ago can indicate that the horse is in a good enough condition to win but doesn’t indicate the present level of health of the horse. In two weeks, a horse can acquire a disease or a physical injury unknown to the public.

One of the horse’s 3 most recent past races indicates the probable position the horse may have when the race is over. A simple technique is to add the 3 last finished positions of each horse and get their sums and then compare these sums. Don’t add the lengths or fractions of a length. The horse with the smallest numerical sum has the most potential of coming in the ‘win’ position. This isn’t a powerful technique but it’s useful. How to understand a horse’s form and how to use it to an advantage will give the player an edge in racing.

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