speed figures

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: Hard-Core Computing

So far in our series on speed figures, we’ve seen how numbers get adjusted using the Beyer method, how pace is incorporated into TimeformUS ratings and how so-called “designer” figure makers like Thoro-Graph and The Sheets take into account factors such as ground loss and wind speed. In our final installment, we’re looking at two […]

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Figure Makers: Companies With A ‘Graphic’ Demonstration

In the first two parts of our series on speed figures, we’ve seen two contrasting approaches for analyzing how fast racehorses run — Beyer Speed Figures and TimeformUS. Now for something completely different. By its own description, Thoro-Graph isn’t even a speed figure. It’s a performance figure. While the company uses some conventional speed figure […]

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Figure Makers: TimeformUS Injects Pace Into The Race

One thing that will be clear at the end of our series this week on speed figures is that no two numbers are the same. Each of the figure makers we’re exploring takes a different approach to rating race performance, and understanding the differences between them is critical to getting the best use out of […]

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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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The Time Is Now: Craig Milkowski On TimeFormUS Approach To Handicapping

“These aren’t your grandfather’s past performances” is saying it mildly for those familiar with the new TimeFormUS PP’s, which were specifically created and optimized for tablet and web users. As the many commercials plastered to coincide with Betfair TVG timeouts proclaim, the TimeformUS team is indeed interested in helping handicappers of all levels “understand races […]

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Change In Beyer Speed Figures: Turf ‘Comparable’ To Dirt

Generally speaking, a race run on the turf in the United States will produce a lower Beyer speed figure than one run on the dirt.  But that is about to change, according to founder Andy Beyer.  He writes in the Daily Racing Form that “most classes of grass races now appear comparable in quality to […]

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Study: Thoroughbreds, Especially Sprinters, Are Getting Faster

A study released this week in the journal Biology Letters indicates that conventional thinking about the evolution of the Thoroughbred could be all wrong. While previous research has indicated that horses have reached a “peak” in terms of speed capability, researchers at the University of Exeter in Great Britain say that theory could be wrong. Drs. […]

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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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Beyer: New Race Complexities Make Life Tougher for Handicappers

For years, attracting new fans to the sport of horse racing has been a major goal. Some people claim that one of the obstacles to bringing ‘new blood’ into racing is that handicapping – reading past performances and deciphering speed figures, etc., can be a daunting task for a neophyte. In his latest column in […]

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