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Jan 21, 2005

Race to Race Odds Patterns

By: Ray Taulbot

Knowing that 90 percent of all racegoers do not do any serious

 handicapping, it is not surprising that

so many readers have written ATM to request what amounts to a "magic angle"

formula. What they want

 to be able to do is to go to the track, buy a program or Daily Racing Form,

make their selections and get

 a lot of winners at good prices.

At this point, we"ll state that "there ain"t no such animal." No angle will cover

every types of race found on

 a nine-race card, from maidens through the feature event. What these fans

should do is provide themselves

 with enough angles to adequately cover all types of races.

If they don"t want to go to the trouble of memorizing a half dozen good angles,

 then they should stick to

 just one, making their biggest bet on whatever horse it points out (If indeed

there is one) and go about

having fun with two-dollar bets on the rest of the card.

In this respect, we think it best for such fans to stick to a good trainer angle. If

they get involved with

 raw time and speed ratings from the past performances, they can miss the boat.

Before we go into this month"s angle, we"d like to point out that almost all

trainer angles demand more

 than cold facts and figures from the past performance data. They demand an

awareness of what the trainer

 has done and what it appears he is likely to do today. In short, a little dab of

"mind reading" won"t hurt and

 it is not too hard to acquire this with experience.

This angle will pick winners in all types of races if the player uses such

awareness. It will pick winners

 in maiden races because a horseman wants just as muchto win a bet with a

maiden as he does with

 a handicap horse. However, it is best with claimers because too often with

classier horses, there are too

 many contenders. Very often, one can find a single qualified angle horse in a

claiming race and this

makes a particularly solid bet.

In using this particular angle, the player must keep in mind the power of "back

 class." For the benefit of those

 who may not be entirely familiar with the term back class, it has two meanings.

 One of these pertains to the

 class in which the horse has raced prior to its last race. However, when the

term is used in conjunction

 withan angle, it takes on a slightly different meaning. Since the angle we are

 presenting comprises the

 horse"s last three races, back class therefore means the horse"s class level

 prior to the second race

 back. Any reader who uses this angle without consideration of pace or other

 basic methods of handicapping

should always make sure thatin some race prior to the second race back, the

 horse finished well in

 a class equal to orhigher than its entered class today or showed good early

speed in better company

 than itis meeting today. We will explain these points and present

examples shortly.

First, we"ll put the points we are looking for into proper perspective:

1. Watch for horses whose odds went up five points or more in their next-to-last

 race after a trying

effort in their third or fourth race back.

2. In order to qualify on this angle, the horse"s odds must have dropped at

 least five points last start

 as compared to the odds at which it was held inits next-to-last race.

3. Such a horse must have run a race not more than 15 days ago in claiming

races and 20 days

ago in allowances or feature races; the more recently it was run, the better

the selection.

4. Though not a hard and fast rule, if the horse is the only qualified angle

 horse in the race, the better

 the selection.

5. If there are two qualified angle horses in the race try to choose the one

 for which you see some

additional favoring factor. If you do not find any additional favoring angle,

 play the horse going off at the

best price if there are only two. If there are more than two angle horses in

 the race, skip it.

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