speed and/or pace enthusiasts believe that their “numbers”
are the way, the light, and the truth.
they are and sometimes they are not!
their “figure” horse gets beat, what are the valid reasons
for the fastest horse not visiting the winner’s circle?
are many and we’ll touch on the more obvious.
put, should the fastest horse come in to today’s affair with negative
equipment, he’s most likely a loser long before
the gates open.
based your “number” on his best race to see exactly how
fast he ran that specific day in the past. If he can run that “number”
again today, you think he’ll win. But when he ran his good or best
“number”, most likely he didn’t do so with the new negative
“baggage” that he runs with today.
example, suppose he shows up today with a barshoe
and a covered frog on his right front.
he had this EXACT SAME negative equipment on him
the day he ran his “best number”, expecting him to duplicate the past
is sheer folly! Most likely with a barshoe
added, he’s an instant throw out, not
any kind of a valid contender!
examples of negative equipment would include blowouts
and stops (adhesive bandages for horses who “hit
themselves” when running---ouch!), martingales
(leather breast strap that attaches to the cinch to keep the saddle
from slipping backwards), and run-out bits (extended bits
that offer the jockey more control of a horse who lugs in or out
and/or who is too headstrong).
they show up with any of the above named “no-nos”, you can throw them
out with utter confidence!
could spend days explaining this category, but my BEAT THE BEAM
90 minute video does a better job visually, than I could ever do verbally.
But since I can’t run my video in this space, I’ll offer you some of
the more obvious signs of “incorrectness” that even
a novice can see. All this terminology is fully explained in my 13
part “Physicality Made Easy” series.
one of the following could cause a politically correct “numbered”
horse to offer only a sub-par
performance. They are offered in no particular
order as all can and do bury the “figure”
horse at every racetrack in America every single day.
your selection shows up in the paddock and for the first time is walking
short, or wide, or tenderly, his
back-numbers suddenly become totally meaningless!
he can’t walk properly, it is a given that he won’t
run properly (how’s that for Rocket Scientry?).
he shows up with an enlarged front ankle for the first time,
or he has visibly lost weight since last time, he won’t
repeat the past.
he pins his ears when walking into the paddock and they
stay that way, he’s mad and the last thing on his mind is running his
eyeballs out no matter how much money he’s taking
at the mutuel windows.
he walks with NO energy and a flat tail,
where will he find the needed energy to run against others who show
life and an genuine interest in participating?
he appears to have lost weight since last out and lacks visible muscling,
others will surely dominate.
his color is poor and absorbs sunlight rather
than reflecting it, perhaps his red blood count is lacking.
he walk with head erect while checking out his surroundings, or is his
head low and bobbing with an east/west tail
indicating zero energy and high irritability?gy
depletion needed for the upcoming race?
your “number” or “figure” horse fit any
one or more of these very negative pre-race physicality
profiles? If he does, he better be facing other horses with
even greater problems than his own if expecting to get
his picture taken in the winner’s circle.