Oct 17, 2003
Cashing in on Lucrative Trainer Ticks
By: Ray Taulbot
This month we are giving you a
trainer’s angle that points out well-meant horses that almost always go
postward at exceptionally good odds. It is not surprising that these angle
horses are usually held at highly profitable prices, for their trainers
planned it that way.
The trainer who backs his
charges when he believes they are fit and ready is just like the average
racing fan when it comes to odds; he wants a price. This is understandable
because for many trainers who make a practice of backing their charges, $50 or
$100 might be a sizable investment. Therefore in order to earn a really
worthwhile profit, they must get generous odds.
We hear a great deal about
trainers making big wagers, and some of the more prosperous may do just that.
However, the average conditioner is not in a position to toss around big
money. The middle-class trainer handles a few steady-going racers, and in most
instances, he either owns the horses he handles or has a percentage interest
in their earnings. This class of trainer is the one you want to watch closely
when searching for angle plays that are held at good odds. He has a bagful of
smart tricks and knows how to use them. We do not mean to imply that such
trainers resort to dishonest practices. They don’t. They are simply smart
trainers who know how to mislead the betting public without infringing upon
any rule of racing.
In days gone by, it was rather
an easy matter for the average betting trainer to fool the uninformed racing
fans. During the past two decades, the average fan has gained access to a
great wealth of material on racing, with the result that all but the most
careless players are wise to many of the little tricks the trainers use in an
effort to mislead them.
This enlightening of the racing
public has forced trainers to develop new and more complicated devices as a
means of covering up their intentions.
The device we are going to deal
with this month is one that several clever conditioners are using with
startling regularity. And we have to admit that it is about the smartest
little trick that we have found in many a moon. The angle applies to claiming
races, and here it is in two simple steps.
1) Look for horses displaying
early speed or a strong closing effort in their top race, then look for the
price at which they are entered today.
2) If the horse is stepped up
in class but not entered at the top claiming price for the race, you may be
sure that the trainer means to shoot the works today; otherwise he’d take
the protection of the top price set forth in the conditions.
Here are three perfect examples
at major tracks in February 2001:
February 11 Santa Anita 7th
Claiming price $25,000
20Jan01-3SA Clm 16000
2h 10 10 —
February 15 Turfway Park 6th
Claiming price $17,500
25Jan01-10TP Clm 7500
5 5 32½ 2no
February 25 Santa Anita 5th
Claiming price $20,000
Pride Of The Group
10Feb01-5GG Clm 12500
1 1 1 31
Alyaxy flashed early speed in
his top race on January 20 and was moved up in class, but entered for less
than the top claiming price today. Alyaxy paid $44.20 to win.
Nita’s Notebook was also
moved up in class today after a strong closing effort in his top race and was
entered for less than the top claiming price. He had shown a strong closing
effort in his previous race. Nita’s Notebook won, returning $42.60.
Pride Of The Group had both
extensive early speed and a good finish in his top race and was moved up in
class but entered for less than the top claiming price today. His win payoff
All of these only qualifiers
were tremendous overlays.
When you find a horse that
qualifies using the steps shown above, you should find that it was more than
worth waiting for. Prove the point to yourself by trying it out on some more
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