When looking at the fractions or pace figures in our running lines, you may occasionally see some fractions colored in red or blue. Red means “fast” and blue means “slow,” but there’s a lot more to it than that.
First, the “fast” and “slow” is relative to the final time of the race. Just because the opening quarter time of a race was fast, that doesn’t necessarily mean we’ll code it red. We would only code it red if it’s abnormally fast in contrast to the final time of the race.
Second, the red and blue coding is based on the lead horse’s actual fractions. Even if you have your preferences set to show the fractions for “this horse,” or to show “adjusted fractions,” the red and blue is based off of the leader’s actual time. If the shape of the race was particularly fast or slow at any point, we’re showing you a red or blue fraction.
Finally, in looking at the example below, the fractional preferences are set to “Leader,” “Actual Fractions,” and “Accrued Splits.”
The lead horse in this race went the opening half-mile in 48.08. That fraction is red because, based on the final time of this particular race, 48.08 is a fast opening half-mile time. Now, if we set the fractional preferences to “Leader,” “Actual Fractions,” and “Incremental Splits,” note that the second fraction remains red:
While this means that furlongs 3-4 were covered in 24.35 (by the leader), this is not saying that 24.35 is a fast split. It is saying that the first half-mile of the race was especially fast relative to the final time of the race.
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