Sunday, November 06, 2011

Benfords Law Favorites and Exotic Bets

In various horse-racing jurisdictions (e.g. Australia, UK, Ireland, France), there is a very strong correlation between the winning rates of favorites and Benford's Law. In other words, favorites win approximately 30% of races, second favorites approximately 18% and third favorites approximately 12%. One could conceivably use this information to generate some tickets for Daily Double, Pick 3, 4, 5, or 6 exotic pools by using a random number generator and a "Benford distribution" of win rates. Though unscientific in validation, this method proved invaluable to me over the Breeders Cup weekend (given many upsets to expected outcomes)!