beyer speed figures

How He Did It: NHC Champion Coles Focused On Picking Winners Through Technology

Scott Coles wasn’t born yet when Andy Beyer wrote his breakthrough book “Picking Winners” in 1975, but that’s the mantra the 34-year-old Illinois resident followed last weekend when he defeated some of the most seasoned handicappers in the game and won the $800,000 first-place prize in the National Horseplayers Championship. Presented for the 20th time by […]

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The Friday Show Presented By NYRA Bets: Figures And Fights

Some handicappers argue speed figures are so ubiquitous these days, it’s hard for horseplayers to find an edge. But the Paulick Report’s series this week on performance ratings revealed the many differences between the figure makers and perhaps how astute handicappers can use them to capitalize on various angles. In today’s edition of The Friday […]

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Figure Makers: An Open Mind Rules The Beyer Method

The creation of speed figures to handicap horse races dates back further than you might think. Horseplayer tomes published in the mid-1930’s suggested people were boiling down race performances to one number, teaching others how to do it and selling their ready-made figures. Today, a number of companies offer speed or performance figures to the […]

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Adequan Presents Derby Capsule: A Case For The Pace?

In case you’re not keeping track, we’re only about 360 hours from the 144th running of the Kentucky Derby. Then, in two minutes, it’ll be over. The ratio of time spent mulling, hand-wringing and doing mental gymnastics about the Derby to the duration of the event is astronomically high, and I can’t think of anything […]

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Andrew Beyer: Rebel With A Cause

There was no fanfare, no rapturous odes, no good riddance or heartfelt goodbyes. There wasn’t even a traditional gathering in the newsroom, where a ranking editor might offer a rousing speech followed by a round of applause and icing on a cake spelling out the words “Thank You.” When Andrew Beyer ended his career as […]

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The Friday Show: On Derby Points, Speed Figures, And Stronach’s Vision

Saturday’s the final opportunity for Kentucky Derby contenders to grab points they might need to get into this year’s field of 20. In this third year of the Road to the Kentucky Derby points system, how do you think it’s working? Plus, speed figures can help break down the Derby field and make comparisons between […]

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Ask Ray: Beyer Explains Florida And Louisiana Derby Speed Figures

Following the victories by Materiality in the Florida Derby at Gulfstream Park and International Star in the Louisiana Derby at Fair Grounds – both nine-furlong races on dirt – we received an “Ask Ray” inquiry from a reader, who wrote: “Materiality ran the Florida Derby in 1:52 and change…international Star ran the same distance in […]

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Hersh: Slow Derby Time Doesn’t Mean Much

Although some were disappointed with California Chrome’s relatively sleepy Kentucky Derby win time of 2:03.66, Daily Racing Form’s Marcus Hersh wrote on Thursday that a slow time in the Derby doesn’t mean much historically. The Derby was awarded a preliminary Beyer Speed Figure of 91, although that was later upgraded to a 97. The figure is […]

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‘Dude’s Beyer Figure for Pacific Classic Revised

Game On Dude’s powerful performance in Sunday’s Grade 1 Pacific Classic made quite an impression, so much so that the Beyer Speed Figure for the race has been revised to a higher number. Originally, the Bob Baffert-trained gelding was given a 109 speed figure for the victory. According to the Daily Racing Form, Randy Moss, […]

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Beyer: Preakness Defied Mathematics

When the Beyer Speed Figures were released for this year’s Preakness Stakes, some were surprised that Oxbow earned a 106, higher than Orb’s 104 Kentucky Derby performance, especially given that the race’s time was the slowest Preakness in 52 years. Andrew Beyer said that “Saturday was a day with conflicting data,” with the card’s third […]

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