For centuries, horses have raced exclusively on dirt or
grass, but many of today's thoroughbreds are now running
over various mysterious mixtures of polypropylene fibers,
recycled rubber,wax coated sand, and even something
called jelly cable. Synthetic surfaces are already in
place at major racetracks such as Keeneland, Del Mar,
Arlington Park, and for the first time ever, the
Breeders' Cup will be run over a synthetic surface at
Santa Anita. It's a new era in American racing.
Finley is the first author to tackle all of the
necessary handicapping adjustments and angles. While the
fundamentals of basic handicapping still apply, synthetic
tracks definitely have their own nuances and quirks, and
Finley examines them in detail. His thorough research and
expertly outlined statistical data, gathered from
thousands of races, arms the handicapper with a much
better understanding on how to wager and win in the
synthetic-surface era. He describes the differences among
various brands of surfaces in relation to track biases,
running styles, pedigrees and sire lines, the "bounce"
factor, and horses making surface switches from synthetic
to dirt, dirt to synthetic, turf to synthetic, etc. The
modern handicapper cannot afford to ignore the synthetic
revolution. Hardcover, 159 pages
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