Handicapping Tip of the Day #27 – Watch KY Derby Preps Closely

Handicapping tips from agameofskill.com

by Art Parker

There are many ways to handicap any race and the Kentucky Derby is no exception. One of those ways is called “trip handicapping” and all too often it is very revealing. When it comes to finding a Derby horse you may wish to review all of the prep races for the last couple of months. Naturally one thing you should look for in a prep race is a good excuse why a certain horse did not win or get close to winner. Looking for horses that were forced to slow down or simply had to wait forever to find racing room may provide some insight into the Derby. Whatever you do when reviewing taped races is to notice the start. Knowing which horses that may have trouble at the gate can give you a good idea about who will have position early.

 

 

OptixNOTES: Trip Handicapping in the 21st Century

Part II of The Future of Handicapping (OptixEQ)

While OptixPLOT will give you an excellent overview of the race shape, race flow, and pace dynamics of the race, helping you choose which races offer the best opportunities, OptixNOTES will help take your handicapping into the 21st century.

OptixNOTES is a proprietary trip-handicapping past-performance platform that includes performance ratings, trip descriptors, and form projections (along with detailed extended comments) from the OptixEQ team of expert handicappers. Think of them as past-performance grades and trip descriptions that can help you better understand and predict a horse’s current and future form.

OptixNOTES are available for most of the major tracks on the major circuits, and they are an incredibly valuable tool when it comes to assessing a horse’s chances of winning a race. Since watching replays is incredibly time-consuming—and sometimes fruitless if you really don’t know what you are looking for or how to use that information—the OptixEQ team does all of the work for you, grading a horse’s previous trip/performance while also commenting on that trip and sometimes even projecting where that horse might be headed in the future.

The other cool thing about this platform is that it’s vibrant—everything is color-coded for easy readability. Positive attributes are green while negative ones are red.

Here are the OptixNOTES for Triple Crown winner American Pharoah, including one of the extended comments from his Monmouth race:

OptixEQ-Notes

This type of trip-handicapping data is available for several tracks on the major circuits, giving handicappers a massive edge when it comes to assessing a horse’s form.

For more information on how to use OptixNOTES, visit the product information page at: https://www.optixeq.com/?products=optixnotes#doc.

Tomorrow in the conclusion, Part III, we take a look at OptixGRID as well as the OptixFIGS for all of the Kentucky Derby preps.

Did you miss Part I?  Click here