How to use handicapping factors and angles is what the handicapping side of racing is about. There are two major divisions to racing: Profitcapping and Handicapping. each one of them is 50% of the totality of racing and each one has its’ own specific factors, means, methods and systems. The factors written below are the factors of Handicapping only and they’re some of the oldest, most powerful, most tested, tried and true of systems. This isn’t all of them but many of them. Profitcapping is the means, methods and ways to determine profit to be made over months and years and has nothing to do with selecting horses.
Handicapping is the means, factors, systems and ways of predicting the order of finish of races and has ‘nothing’ to do with money. Each method has its’ own strengths and weaknesses and none of them is 100% efficient. Some of those factors are: (1) distances horses ran in prior races and workouts and are horses suited to present distance (2) race description (at top of program and top of DRF above the race stats) and how well does horse fit in (3) price present owner paid for horse (4) type of weather on present race day.
To continue: (5) track conditions of wet, dry, muddy or sloppy (6) race style or is horse a frontrunner needing the lead, a mid-pack runner that’s never first and never last or a closer that picks up powerful speed in the stretch coming from behind? (7) energy of horse in which horse starts good or fast and then burns out or horse has steady pace energy from start to finish (8) pace or does horse keep a firm fast speed unchanging early then slow down or late firm strong fast unchanging speed? (9) turn time is the time it takes a horse to come around the bends of the tracks and into the stretch and the shorter the time the better.
To continue: (10) trainer standing or trainer’s percentage in the money (11) trip: how well does horse race from gate to wire in 3 last races and how well or good it does which is told in part by the comments or looking at the race videos (12) speed is whether horse is fast or slow and if that horse have early speed coming out of the gate then slows down or late speed and starts moving very fast in the late parts of prior races (13) recency of workouts which 1-5 days ago is best (14) days since last race which 1-8 days off in sprints is best and 1-5 days off for routes is best (15) tracks and what different tracks has horse raced on in the country (16) age and how many months and years different is horse than others in the race because much older horses rarely win against much younger horses (17) taxing driver: where horse at last 3 calls stays within 1 length of leader.
To continue: (18) weight of jockey (19) physicality of horse or health level such as horse ears up and ready to race or down and back, have a large or small chest, horse neck or body sweating, bandaged legs where 4 bandaged legs is better than 1, unruly and don’t want to race or relaxed at the gate, type of medication and so on. The above written are some factors and about 20 others shall be noted in part 2 with a few more statements on how to use Handicapping factors and how to bet on horses.