How do you enter racing program data?

  1. This Horse's name 

  1. The Post position this horse is starting from in TODAY'S race.
    Be careful not to confuse the HORSE NUMBER, which is worn on a saddle cloth, and is printed beside this horses name in the racing program, with the actual Post Position number that this horse is starting it's race in. Often when inside horses are scratched the outer ones will slide inwards to take the place of a lower numbered horse who has dropped out of the race. But you will still have to buy your tickets according to the number of the horse in the program, regardless of which actual post position the horse starts the race in. This applies both for today's race, as well as the races printed in the racing program where you are obtaining the information you need to enter into the handicapping program.

  1. The number of horses that are running in TODAY'S race.


  1. Select the name of the Racetrack where TODAY'S race is going to take place.


  1. The actual Post position this horse started from in
    this OLDER race (not the number of the horse!).
  1. The total number of horses that were
    also running in that OLDER race.
  1. The name of the Racetrack where that OLDER race took place.
  1. The official times of the Quarter marks and Finish of that OLDER race.
    These have nothing to do with the times that the horse you are entering was trotting past those points, unless your horse was LEADING at those points. Rather, they are the times that the first horse in the entire HERD of horses trotted past those marks, regardless of which horse happened to be in front, or in back, at those points of call.

  1. Was this horse racing on the inside lane, or was it running 1 or more lanes outwards during that OLDER race on the outside lanes?
    This information is displayed differently on printed and downloadable racing programs depending on the company or track that is providing them. By default will set these values at the top choice, signifying the horse was tight against the rail during that OLDER race. However if your horse was running in the 2nd lane from the rail at that quarter mark, you need to choose the middle selection for that quarter mark, and if your horse was running in the 3rd lane away from the rail at that quarter mark you need to choose the 3rd selection for this horse.
    NOTE: some programs use a single white dot for a 1 lane out symbol, and a single BLACK dot to designate being 2 lanes out instead of two white dots.
    You have to get familiar with your racing program and find out how the track or company whom you got it from handles these notations. Some sources place the dots BETWEEN the whole lengths and the fractions, some on the right side of the fractions, some on the left side of the whole lengths...

  1. What position was your horse at the Quarters, Stretch, and Finish?
    If your horse was LEADING at those points in that race, of course would select "0" to signify it wasn't following ANYBODY. does not use fractional lengths behind the leader here, use your judgement ie.; if the horse was slowing down you might input 2 lengths where the racing program states 13/4; or if your horse was speeding up you might want to enter 3 lengths instead of 31/4. Trust you're instinct!

If you're not sure which of the races in the racing programs to use for any particular contending horse, then try comparing 2 or 3 of that horse's older races as if they were for different horses. Then you should be able to see which older races better represent the abilities for that horse! Always remember, recent races are always the most reliable!

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