Let’s play around with Race Finder today. You can access it from the Track Finder page as shown below. (And further explanation, with video tutorial, is here.)
That will bring you to the Race Finder page. You can set each field by moving the sliders back and forth, as I’ve clumsily attempted to illustrate with arrows below.
Let’s go through each one, and find some races. Post Time is currently set on Eastern Time (sorry, other time zone folks, but I suppose that you are used to this treatment. The plan is to eventually allow you to select your own time zone on your profile page.) So, I’ll set it to 2PM to 5PM, after a couple of drinks at lunch and the boss is in a meeting.
For surface, I’m selecting turf and synth races so maybe we can see races with horses running instead of staggering down the stretch.
For Type of race, click on the arrow on the right, and check off the classes that you want. I’m not that picky, though I particularly like those ‘Other’ races.
Let’s go with races from seven furlongs to a mile and an eighth, don’t care about the sex, and selected races for three-year olds and older.
For field size, I’m happy with a minimum of eight; and, though my eyes start to glaze over beyond the 12 horse, I’m setting it at the maximum to capture races with Also Eligibles and Main Track Only horses that, at least the morning of the race day, inflate the field size. (Something that we intend to remedy.) Could care less about the purse, and setting a minimum claiming price of $5,000.
Hit the Go button and the bottom, and, voilà!
Four races of my particular preferences, in the time frame I can play, for the busy professional. No synth races returned; though there are some at Hollywood and Golden Gate scheduled for 5PM Eastern and earlier, none of them fit the parameters, some eliminated by distance, others because of small field sizes.
Race Finder works best with our unlimited plans – only $5.99 daily, and $69.99 for the monthly plan. With those plans, you can search for the races that you prefer (and when you’re available), and put together a nice little cross-country card to play. Just click on Preview or Fast PPs for each race and you’ll be taken directly there.
- Taking a look at the first of those races, the 5th at Aqueduct, this is what Pace Projector looked like earlier this morning.
But now, as I write this at 11:19, 19 minutes after scratches were announced, it looks like this below. (Note that the Main Track Only horses were not included in the pre-scratch Pace Projector, but would be quickly added in should the race be taken off the turf.)
That paints a different picture of the race. Instead of #3, Wind of Bosphorus, being involved in a Fast Pace, Pace Projector now shows him on the lead. In addition, he has the top Spotlight Figure in the race.
As I’ve said, I’d never recommend that anyone base a wager strictly on the Spotlight Ratings, but they’re an excellent way to quickly get some context on the race, and identify possible plays at fair prices that may warrant a closer look. In this case, Wind of Bosphorus earned his 88 three races back, stalked a hot pace (denoted in red) in his following effort, and faced much tougher, as indicated by the Class Ratings (102, vs 87 for this race) in his last.
(Since I like you guys, I’ll show you a little preview of his pace figures for that two-back effort against the fast pace – we currently are testing them in QA. They are on the same 1 to 140-ish scale of our speed figures.)
On the other hand, note the COLD designations for his trainer and jockey, though the trainer has decent ratings for second time in the barn and off the claim.