Monday, October 21, 2013

Time Distance And Fatigue

Notwithstanding the strengths and weaknesses of the dosage approach to handicapping, it is worth reviewing the excellent article by Steven Roman on speed-stamina profiling. Looking forward to the Breeders Cup at Santa Anita, one could consider generating dirt and turf course profiles (based on track records at different distances) to provide insights into the challenges faced by European shippers. Going further, one could profile those shippers (based on best performances at equivalent distances in Europe) to identify live-longshots for exotic plays. Obviously, I am glossing over the difficulties of generating meaningful numbers using winner final times, beaten lengths, varying track configurations, and qualitative track conditions. Nevertheless, our goal should be to look for live contenders to fill tickets and not on demanding mathematical accuracy!