The Handicapper’s Lab


The Handicapper’s Lab by PaceAppraiser (NEW: Scratch Function and Save Profiles Option Now Included) finds lone early front-runners, lone pressers, early pace box qualifiers, and late pace advantaged horses with a click of your mouse (and much, much more). It’s fast. It’s efficient. It's fun. It's profitable.

The Handicapper's Lab finds all two dimensional early pace horses with 5 or more speed points that fit the competitive speed figure range, and have a Form Factor Rating of 3 or better, and finished in the money, and have a 5 to 2 morning line or better. Eight tracks were checked.

Abbreviation Quick Guide

Surf/Dist - Surface and Distance (Boxes left unchecked includes ALL surfaces and distances)

Dirt/AW – Dirt and all weather
Turf: Turf surface only
SPRT: Sprint races only
RTE: Route Races only

Trner/Jcky – Trainer and Jockey

20%T:Trainer with 20% win rate at meet and/or year
20%J: Jockey with 20% win rate at meet and/or year
20%JT:Trainer and Jockey combo win rate meet or last 365 days

Odds – Morning line odds

ML 2/1-: Minimum 2 to 1 or less
ML 5/2+: Minimum 5 to 2 or better
ML 5/1+: Minimum 5 to 1 or better

Comp Range – Competitive Speed Figure Range (CSFR)

CSFR: Finds horses that fit the competitive speed figure range for race
CSFR/1R: Finds horses that have CSFR from most recent race
LST: Horses that do not fit the CSFR but have a “listed” CSFR in one of its races 4 or more back. Use this function with LE (Lone Front Runner). In extreme pace handicapping we call this one the LE/Listed

Pace Styles – Running Styles and 2dEarly Pace Box

LE: Lone Front Runner
2dEPB: Two dimensional early pace horse with 4 or more speed points (E/P 4-8) racing in 2dEarly Pace Box today
2dE: Two dimensional early pace horse with 5 or more speed points (E/P 5-8)
Lone P: The only Presser in a race (The garden spot horse)
P/C: A Presser/Closer running style horse

Pace Factors

PCZ: Horse fits today’s Pace Comfort Zone requirement relative to running style and pace setter(s)
PCZ 5.0>: Horse has Pace Comfort Zone of more than 5 lengths (Best for 2nd spot in Exactas or 2nd and 3rd spot in Trifectas
F6+: Key pace race horses. Fast 6 or faster at pace call
PF!: Horses that have 100 or better pace figures in their three most recent races
PR+: Surprise pace race. Leading or less than ¾ of a length off the pace at the second call in most recent race but did not have pattern in previous to most recent race
LBPPG: Late pace bias Pace Pressure Gauge rating

Form Factors

FFR3+: Form Factor Rating of 3 or better (Best ratings)
FFR 0-2: Form Factor Rating of 0 to 2 (Best used for longshots and discovering underlays)
!$: Surprise in the money finish. Ran 2nd or 3rd in most recent race but did not in previous race
$: Finished in the money in most recent race
WLR: Won most recent race
BWLR: Big win most recent race (Won by 3 lengths or more while off the pace by ½ length or more at first and/or second call)
SLR: Finished 2nd in most recent race
CF/L2R: Finished closer to the winner in most recent than in previous race

Form Patterns

L1/L2: First time off layoff or 2nd time off layoff
OXP: Layoff then finished in the money and then finished out of the money in most recent race (Bounce pattern)
2S+R: Early pace horse with 5 or more speed points coming in today’s route race off a layoff and then followed by two sprint races
TS+: Turf races only. A horse that will be on the turf for the first or second time in its lifetime and is the offspring of a top turf sire in those situations

Here are some research and handicapping examples:

Want to know if there’s a lone front-runner in today’s card or cards? Done

How about a Lone Presser? Done

What about a Presser/Closer in a late pace bias race? Done

Want to know if there’s a key pace horse racing in a light early pace pressure race? Done

How about a 20% jockey/trainer combo coming out of a surprise money finish? Done

Want to know just a list of horses that have Pace Comfort Zone Rating of less than 5.0? Done

What about a list of horses that are over the PCZ of 5.0 for your exactas in the second spot? Done.

How about early pace horses coming out of two sprints and routing today? Done

Want to know only the horses that had a Big Win last race? Done

What about an OX bounce pattern off a layoff? Done

Want a list of horses that are coming out of key pace races and are 5/1 or higher morning line? Done

Well, you get the idea. This list goes on and on and on.

Please note: Like the PaceAppraiser PPs, the Handicapper's Lab uses your BRIS single data files. You must download those files from BRIS.

Important: XP users will need to download .NET Framework 2.0. Go to your Windows Update option on your computer and search for .NET Framework. It's free and only takes a few minutes to download and install.