Horse Racing Selections and Handicapping Reports
This article covers claiming races on the dirt or all-weather surfaces.
Caliber of claiming races is sometimes very hard to judge. Some rank lower than maiden claiming and others above good allowance races. As for key horse handicapping, we can divide this class into two groups according to claiming price. Lower and higher levels. Furthermore we need to define these two levels at lower and higher circuits. At higher circuits, we call 30K claimers the dividing line, and in lower circuits, a 15K claiming line is the divider. These figures are loosely selected and need to be adjusted according to the track we are playing.
The lower level group of claimers are similar to maiden claimers and very slow compared to higher level claimers. Because of this, recent pace figure of less than 42 days layoff becomes the deciding factor and class is the secondary factor. The lower the claiming level, the more important the pace figure in selecting a key horse. We can use the same examples for maiden claimers for this group of races and will not repeat the process.
Higher level claimers can handle more pace pressure and still produce a good final time and speed figure therefore the speed figure becomes the measuring stick for this group. Same as lower levels, class is the secondary factor.
In this race, top selection has a clear advantage over the field in the speed figure and total points and can be confidently keyed on top in vertical plays and singled in horizontal plays. This horse may not have as high of the class as the third choice but class figure is at an acceptable level as a secondary factor. If the class figure of this horse for example in the 60s or 70s, then we needed to include other speed figures with higher class ratings.
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