SOME THINGS TO LOOK FOR WHEN HANDICAPPING
GOOD FORM: Harness horses
tend to be a fairly consistent breed. Horses that have
shown the ability to race well at a certain
class level are often the most likely candidates
to win a particular race.
CONSISTENCY: Horses that
have demonstrated that they can win consistently at a
particular level often yield very solid
selections to win a race.
TOP DRIVERS: The top four
or five drivers at most racetracks will win a
disproportionate amount of the races.
A list of top drivers appears in the official track
program and each driver's UDR (universal
driver rating) appears next to the driver's
TOP TRAINERS: As with drivers,
top trainers will often dominate in the win standings at
a racetrack. The trainer's rating appears
next to his/her name in the program and a
listing of the trainer's standings is
also contained in the program.
INSIDE POST POSITIONS: Generally
speaking, the closer to the rail a horse starts, the
better his chances of success. An inside
post makes it easier for a horse to get good
HORSES THAT HAVE HAD EXCUSES:
Sometimes horses have had their chances
compromised by a number of things beyond
their control. Some examples: Poor post
positions, interference, breaking, being
parked out, being overmatched in class.
HORSES DROPPING IN CLASS:
Often a horse will demonstrate poor form because
it has been competing against horses that
are superior in ability. There is a relationship
between class and form, and a horse dropping
in class often displays a marked
improvement in form.
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