Nov 15, 2004
Double Action Angle
By: Ray Taulbot
This angle was originally devised for the
purpose of getting a price on a fit, well-meant horse. Its one weakness, however, is that
horses frequently are dropped in class or claiming price for reasons other than a trying
effort next start. This being so, the handicapper is frequently hard put to determine the
true meaning of this move in any given instance. In short, some horses that were dropped
in class last start are well-meant today, while others are not.
This situation has made this angle most convenient for
the horseman because of its uncertainty of intent. This is especially true when the horse
displayed an apparent lack of sharp condition in its dropped-down race. Anyone who doubts
that this device serves the horseman should study their local result charts for a week,
noting how many of the really high-priced winners are horses that were moved down in class
in their most recent race. Winners at prices from $30 up to as high as $90 are frequently
horses that were dropped in class last start.
The point of confusion is the entered price today. Some
horses that moved down last start are dropped again today; others are re-entered at the
same price in the race following the initial drop.
With this in mind, the handicapper is at a loss to
distinguish a well-meant horse of this type from one that has been dropped for reasons
other than preparing it for a trying effort today.
A great deal of research was required in order to
discover a factor which separates the well-meant horse from the horse that was dropped
last start for no apparent reason.
The reader knows that a horse that was dropped in class
and also showed a corresponding drop in odds was probably sent out to win. If the horse
lost last out, what are the trainer's intentions today?
In researching this part of the angle, we have come
upon a training tipoff which we believe reveals the trainer's intentions quite well. Not
only do we consider it a positive factor for those horses that tried and missed but also
for horses that remained at their own claiming level in their last two starts and which
today may remain at that same level, move up in value or be droppedit seems to make
The trainer who tried and missed knows he did not send
a razor-sharp horse to the races and therefore takes a little time to fine-hone his charge
for the next trip. The trainer who has been racing his horse at the same claiming level
knows he has a horse that is almost ready but he, too, takes the same method of
fine-tuning before he goes for the money.
The training tipoff you should look for consists of two
parts, and both parts are equally important. First, the horse must have been leading or
running not more than one length off the leader at the pre-stretch call of its last race.
Second, the horse must show at least two workouts since is most recent try. Here
are the selection rules:
1. Horse must have been leading or running within
one length of the leader at the pre-stretch call of its last race.
2. It must have run recently, i.e. within 30 days.
3. The horse must show two or more workouts at any
distance since its last race. Time of the workouts is not important.
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