Jun 06, 2014
Assessing Across-the-Board Action
By: By Ray Taulbot
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the board is often a trap for the uninitiated player because a wager of $2
across the board is bound to show a loss in the long run. Across-the-board wagering, however, is popular with many players
and can be approached in a sane manner, provided the bettor concentrates on
selections that will probably pay good place and show prices, and provided they
use a wagering scale like $2.00 to win, $4.00 to place and $12.00 to show.
Wagering on such a scale prevents
the player from taking the worst of the shorter place and show prices. It is
also in accordance with sound wagering principles because the smallest amount
is placed where the greatest degree of chance is involved and the largest
amount is placed where the chance of success is greatest.
wagering depends largely upon two basic factors:
1) The proper division of each
2) The selection of horses that are likely to
return good place and show prices.
This writer has made a long and
careful study of across-the-board play and of selection methods that may be
used successfully in conjunction with this type of investment. Our present
purpose, therefore, is to present a selection method that has proved its value
over the years. This method is based on current condition, probable odds and
The one thing we seek above all is
a sharp horse. The first rule of the selection method demands that the player
consider only horses that were running first, second or third at every call in their next-to-last race. Further, the next-to-last race must have been
run within the past 30 days. This basic rule insures the player against the
weakness of playing horses that are not currently sharp.
Now, most of our readers are aware
that a hard race last start, one that taxed the horse to its limit or near
limit, is very likely to dull rather than sharpen its current form. Therefore,
the second basic rule demands that the horse was running fourth or farther back at every call of its last race and that this race must have been run within the past 20
You will note that these basic
mechanical rules point out a horse that has had two races within the past 30 days.
One of these races — the next-to-last race — is one in which the horse showed
sharp condition by maintaining a running position of first, second or third
throughout the entire race. The other outing — its most recent race — is one in
which the horse was probably not pushed to the very limit of its ability.
This most recent race also serves
another purpose. Since the horse finished out of the money, this race is very
likely to result in reasonable odds today. As a general rule, the public gives
its heaviest support to horses that finished in the money last time out.
However, the player can, of course,
govern the odds factor themselves. That is, they can pass any qualified play
that goes postward at short odds. If they pass such plays, they will avoid the
danger that is always involved in backing short-priced selections. This is a
real danger, especially in across-the-board play. No matter how clever the
selector may be, they are going to play some losers, and these losing
investments must be overcome through higher prices.
Following are the rules for making
selections in accordance with principles that we have found to be entirely
- The horse must
have been running first, second or third at every call in its next-to-last race. This rule does not include the
start call given in Daily Racing Form. It pertains only to the fractional calls.
- The horse must
have been running fourth or farther back at every call in its most recent race.
- The most recent
race must have been run within the past 20 days.
- The next-to-last
race must have been run within 30 days.
- In claiming
races, the horse must not move up today more than $500. In non-claiming
events, the horse must not move up more than one grade. For example, a
horse that qualified in allowance races is acceptable if entered today in
an overnight handicap, but it would not be acceptable if entered in a
stakes or other handicap race.
- Play only races
run over standard distances. Common sense dictates that we also avoid
- In event of
ties, the play is the horse that qualified next-to-last time out in the
highest class race. It always pays to favor a horse whose qualifying race
was run over the same circuit as the track where it is to race today.
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