Aug 19, 2005
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
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
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
A great deal of research was required in order to discover a factor which separates
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
In researching this part of the angle, we have come upon a training tipoff which we
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 dropped—it
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
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
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
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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