How to read and use of the Pure Gold Edge Track Report
The Report is best utilized with the value betting strategies found elsewhere on our site. Our top three analytics
generated selections based on past performance are extremely strong and consistent; especially when utilized as
recommended in the “WiseGuy” value betting strategy. When a horse in the top three selections is a late scratch,
simply adjust your selection process and consideration to the next listed horse.
The Report itself, in addition to our computer selections in their order of strength potential, can be utilized to augment your own handicapping process and also to obtain program information such as:
• Saddle Cloth Numbers (Sc#), used to identify the horse for wagering;
• Horse's Name (NAME);
• Morning Line Odds (MLO) established by the track;
• Lasix Medication (Rx) usage — L1 = first time Lasix usage; L2 = second time Lasix usage;
• Equipment (Eq) usage — BO = blinkers on to help the horse focus and minimize distractions; BX = blinkers off for better or more comfortable vision;
• Days Off (OFF) since the horse's last race or if it's the horse's first race - a First Time Starter (FTS);
• Jockey (JOCKEY) Last and First name;
• Winning (WIN%) percentage of the jockey for the last 365 days and not just this current meet;
• In The Money (ITM%), Win or Place or Show, jockey's percentage of the last 365 days and not just this meet;
• Trainer (TRAINER) Last and First name;
• Winning (WIN%) percentage of the trainer for the last 365 days and not just this current meet;
• In The Money (ITM%), Win or Place or Show, trainer's percentage of the last 365 days and not just this meet;
For us, the most important facets of handicapping for the Report are the Pace column, the Power Potential Number and the Gold Alerts. Race horses are creatures of habit. Under the guidance of a trainer, they mature and develop a running style that best fits their talent.
The Pace column allows you to quickly and accurately assess how the race should shape up from a running standpoint by pointing out the EARLY speed horses that can “press”; those that STALK who can be patient enough to sit behind the early speed until they fire on the final turn or early in the stretch and the CLOSERS which prefer to time one big run late in the race and come from way back down the home stretch. Along with the Power Potential Number and the Gold Alerts, this is what makes the Pure Gold Edge such an effective tool.
The Pace (PACE) column is an attempt to label the preferred running style of each horse as follows:
FRONT ---- Horse which sprints to the front of the pack and needs a clear lead early to perform best.
EARLY ----- Horse with early speed that is comfortable being “on the lead” or up front during the race.
STALK ----- Horse is satisfied to be alongside or behind the leaders; their best finishes come when there is a lot of speed in the race and those early speedsters “empty their tanks” against each other. Most winners come from this group.
CLOSER -- Horse usually runs in the rear and comes late from way back. These are just exaggerated “Stalking” horses that must have a lively fast early pace to help them overtake all the horses tired– out by early speed.
UNK -------- Running style unknown because it's the horse's first race.
An asterisk (*) on the left side of the running style description will indicate the horse(s) that will be on or close
to the lead early.
An asterisk (*) on the right side of the running style description will flag the best closer in the group. Anytime you find only one asterisk (*) on the left side of the descriptions, you should consider the “Lone Speed” scenario where the horse could go to the lead and never look back… many longshots come from this group!
The single most important handicapping facet of the tip sheet is probably it's exclusive and proprietary Pure Gold Edge Power Potential Number (POWER#). This number is the numerical summary of consensus analysis of the horses past performances and reflects the degree of overall potential. Its major strength is its very unbiased assessment of a horse's potential against the particular horses in the race. Ratings that are relatively close together will usually produce close finishes while a bigger rating difference will usually indicate horses of greater potential.
The Gold Alerts (GOLD ALERTS) will immediately point out both big advantages and some disadvantages within the race. They highlight a number of key handicapping references as follows:
$ The morning line odds on this horse are higher than the favorite but it represents a fair value with the horse's potential to be in the money. The Horse should be “live” and recommended to be included in exotic plays while a longshot play at 8-1 or higher.
J Jockey usually demonstrates outstanding performance in this situation.
T Historically, the Trainer has success in this situation.
B The horse's pedigree is a strong positive for this particular surface and/or distance.
W Recent workout for this horse have been superior indicating good current form.
O Caution - note the number of days off since the horse's last race compared to the other horses.
F First Time Starter – look for other factors such as jockey's record, trainer's record or workouts for positives against this field.
P Post position will be difficult to overcome and a statistical disadvantage for win bets.
X "No way today, Jose."" – This horse seems outclassed in this field.
The Track Report is meant to give you an ‘EDGE' over ‘LUCK' while you enjoy a day of thoroughbred racing.