Category Archives: Horse Racing Questions

Horse Horse Racing Results – Logic Problem #32: Racing Horses?

Logic Problem #32: Racing Horses? Logic Problem #32: Racing Horses? … The first race at the Middleville Track was a five-horse race. The horses were Stillwind, Fleur-de-Lis, Graymere, Fool's Friend, and Emergency. The jockeys – Smith, Jones, Wilson, McCoy, and Larson, each wore a cap of a different color. One wore red, one wore yellow,

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Racing Post Horse Racing – What Do The Numbers Next To A Racing Horses Name Mean?

What do the numbers next to a racing horses name mean?

What do the numbers next to a racing horses name mean? … For example: 2-1

Well if they are next to a name, you are probably reading a program, or a list of entries in a newspaper.

You are looking at what is called the "morning line". It is an estimate by the track handicapper on what the odds at post time will be.

The morning line (or post time odds for that matter) is not necessarily a reflection of the true odds of the horse's chance to win, just how the linemaker thinks the public will bet the race.

The horse with the lowest number is the morning line favorite (2/1 may represent the morning line favorite, and that horse will most likely be the favorite at post time). Horses with large numbers like 20/1 and 30/1 are "longshots".

As soon as wagering starts being tallied for the next race (usually at the end of the previous race), the morning line sort of becomes irrelevant because the toteboard at the track will update a horse's actual odds every 90 seconds. The actual odds are a true reflection of all the money (in the win pool) being bet on the race.

As other people have answered, you get paid the odds, plus your original bet. So a $2 winning bet at 2/1 pays $6. $2 @ 7/2 pays $9. And $2 @ 20/1 pays $42.

But remember, when you get to the track, everyone might really like this horse's chance of winning, and the horse may go off at 4/5 instead of 2/1. Some races the public ignores the morning line favorite and they might go off at 5/1 or higher (happens less than the public betting down a favorite).

I didn't want to confuse you, but I wanted you to know that most of the time the post time odds are not the same as the morning line odds.

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Horse Racing Tips At The Races – Anyone Have Any Good Horse Racing Systems?

Anyone have any good horse racing systems?

Anyone have any good horse racing systems? … Looking for a good horse racing system. Free preferably!

Can a horse actually count back 18 days to when it last won a race, does it actually know that it has a top jockey on board, that it has won over the distance and that its price is not higher than 4-1…if it does then punters need have no fear, okay I'm only half jesting, the trainer will see to most of these things, apart from the price, but most racehorses do not run to form and in the UK some trainers will have a particular race in mind for the horse and maybe run him at a couple of unsuitable tracks or on unsuitable ground to get his weight down in a handicap contest, and it can pay to know who is in with a chance and who isn't.

Back in the real world there are no sure fire systems guaranteed to come good on a regular basis and you will eventually end up giving all your money back to the bookie.

Do your own research into the horses breeding, check which distances the sire and dam won over and go to your local track on a regular basis and watch the horses in the paddock, they are extremely quirky and will often be sweating up, or bolt to post. They may not like the racecourse that they are racing on that particular day or the going may be to soft or firm for their action.
Only by watching will you pick up on these things and the newspapers and tipsters are a complete waste of time, your guess is as good as theirs.

Try starting with a particular trainer and follow his string of horses for a year either over the jumps or on the flat, you will soon see a pattern emerge and certain horses winning on certain courses, but it is a slow and sometimes costly process and there are few professional punters who can boast a living out of systems.

Enjoy the racing, it's a great day out and where else can you go to a sporting event and possibly come home with more than you went in with.

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Horse Racing Racing Results – Is There A Place To Collect Horse Race Data Via A Free API?

Is there a place to collect horse race data via a free API?

Is there a place to collect horse race data via a free API? … I would like to gather horse race information, such as entries and results, and be able to scan and look at that data "offline".

This is, mostly, to build my own understanding of the statistics involved as well as how handicapping is performed; I tend to work best at a "programmer/mathematical" level, than a "print the DRF and read" level. Some call it "learn by doing" so to speak.

My question is thus: Is there a site out there with a free API to gather schedule information and result information? I know of Equibase and love the site, but it is against the Terms of Service/Use to "scrape" the data via a script. I don't want to do anything against a terms of service.

Any help would be wonderful. Thank you!

Also, I would suggest and try – TVG Horse Racing & Online Horse Betting
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Take the tour and see if this is something you may be interested in, it's worth a shot
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Racing Horse Racing – Why Are Quarter Horses So Popular With Owners And Stables?

Why are Quarter Horses so popular with owners and stables?

Why are Quarter Horses so popular with owners and stables? … Like, some QHs can be good. But I don't really like them. So why are they so popular? I don't find anything particulary special about them.

I ride Puerto Rican Paso Finos.

http://www.aqha.com/association/who/statistics.html
Registration Statistics for the AQHA

http://www.aqha.com/association/pdf/showstats08.pdf

Show statistics for the AQHA…you'll note fast time events for "lazy horses"…. and stats on AQHA race horses (the lazy things)….

The Quarter Horse didn't become the most popular breed in the nation by being fat, lazy, stupid, mean..or for "spooking easily". It does sound like an in-law however.

Those horses that "bumped" or stepped on you either had little respect for anyone or were poorly treated or both. You'll find this common denominator in rotten behavior amongst horses of all breeds. It's certainly not breed specific for Quarter Horses. Fan that methane somewhere else, whew!!!.

No doubt an equal number of negative comments could be made about the limitations of your "favorite breed" but I shall decline for the sake of brevity.

I would however, love to see that Paso Fino, doin' a little Paso Largo while in hot pursuit of a steer down the fence during a Working Cow Horse class, OR run a quarter mile in under 22 seconds….or log onto an 600 lb steer in a steer roping/stopping contest. Since Pasos average between 13.1 hands and 14.1 hands tall and weigh between 700 to 1100 lbs that steer could prove to be almost more than a lot of them can handle. OR, handle a Western Riding course; can't Paso Largo there, gotta lope, switch leads between precisely set cones and over a log without striking it.

AQHA Racing for 440 yards….crank that little Paso up for the race of its life to equal the Quarter Horse at a blistering 20.886 seconds for the quarter mile in 2006. Can I place some bets on your horse?

http://espn.go.com/horse/aqha/000420AQHASpecial.html

Riding for the "lower levels"…ok…..how about FEI Reining competition?

Must be out of reach for most of us rednecks……..

http://www.fei.org/DISCIPLINES/REINING/Pages/Default.aspx

http://www.fei.org/Media/Photos_Centre/Photo%20Gallery/Forms/slidshow.aspx?ViewStyle=slideshow&RootFolder=/Media/Photos_Centre/Photo%20Gallery/Reining_001&Folder=Reining_001&Footer=%C2%A9%202007%20-%20F%C3%A9d%C3%A9ration%20Equestre%20Internationale,%20Lausanne

Every one is entitled to brag on their favorite breed of horse, dog, whatever; ..however, while doing the braggin' on your favorite animal be sure you have your facts in order.

EDIT: A top price paid for a AQHA cutting horse

"Five years ago, the day before the NCHA Futurity Finals, David and Stacie McDavid of Fort Worth purchased leading contender Hes A Peptospoonful for $1.5 million. Last month, the day before the NCHA Futurity Finals, the McDavids purchased The Silver Spoon, from Hes A Peptospoonful’s first crop of performers". "Cutting Horse News"…..

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Horse Racing UK – Why Are Horse Race Tracks Called Downs, Like Church Hills Downs?

why are horse race tracks called "Downs"? Like Church Hills Downs?

why are horse race tracks called "Downs"? Like Church Hills Downs? … why are horse race tracks called "Downs"? Like Church Hills Downs?

It all stems back from the early days of racing in Ireland and England. In the UK a "downs" is a large area of grass, which is where they typically raced back then. Most of the tracks nowaday's that have "downs" in their title, also have a turf (grass) track along with either a dirt or synthetic main track. If you'll notice most all of the well known UK tracks have the word downs in their title. Also, the word "downs" means "livery" such as a …livery stable.

…Billy Ray

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