Example Output


The top line is the race number and race conditions, followed by post time, then the category headings.

Starting with the next line are the horses, listed by saddle cloth number (same as what is in the program). The top seven horses are listed in the order in which the computer evaluates their chances of winning. The higher the horse is listed, the more likely he or she is to win.

After the horse number comes the horse name, the jockey name, the trainer name and the weight. Each item is separated by a vertical line.

Odds: The morning line odds.

Speed: The score, generated by my computer program. The computer takes into consideration several factors when analyzing the past performances. You can assume that a high number here typically means that the horse can take the early lead, although the computer program also does a nice job of picking up tactical speed too.

Class: This number is an evaluation of how good a company the horse has been racing with. Obviously, the horse will get a bigger number if he has been not only running with better, but winning. But the program also picks up on the class of the race as well as how well the horse finished in past efforts.

Form: The third major factor considered. This is an evaluation of the horse's tendancy to finish in the money. Last: A summary of several of the above scores, but it only looks at races run in the last 45 days. This score is useful in spotting horses coming off a layoff, or coming off a significant effort.

Conn: Short for connections. This factor is an evaluation of the jockey and trainer's performance for the current meet only. That is why this number is zero for the first few days of a meet. It takes a few days for jockeys and trainers to have enough efforts that this figure is usable.

Line: A numerical score awarded based on the morning line odds of the horse. The way I look at it, someone went to a lot of trouble to assign some morning line odds. It's like a free bias for my computer program, so I turn it on and use this score as a tie breaker. In maiden races with first time starters, you will see this score get more weight.

Total: A summation of the previous scores.

Jock: Indicates if this is a jockey change since the last time the horse ran.

Equ: Indicates if there is an equipment change since the last time out.

Lbs: Indicates the differential in weight between this race and the last time the horse ran.

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