Its a new and challenging era in American racing. The installation of the new synthetic racing surfaces at several North American racetracks has created a variety of new handicapping riddles, which have left even the most seasoned and expert playersMoreIts a new and challenging era in American racing.
The installation of the new synthetic racing surfaces at several North American racetracks has created a variety of new handicapping riddles, which have left even the most seasoned and expert players scratching their heads searching for orderliness and answers.Synthetic surfaces are already in place at major racetracks such as Arlington Park, Del Mar, Hollywood Park, and Keeneland, and for the first time ever, the Breeders Cup will be run over a synthetic surface at Santa Anita in October 2008.
And while the new surfaces may seem strange and perplexing to horseplayers, veteran racing writer and handicapper Bill Finley tells us how to cope--and profit--in Betting Synthetic Surfaces.What impact are theses new surfaces having? How will they affect Thoroughbred owners, breeders, trainers, jockeys--and the horses themselves? What new handicapping challenges have they created for even the most hardened horseplayers?Finley is the first author to tackle all of the necessary handicapping adjustments and angles. The good news is that these new tracks might not be quite as difficult to decipher as many people feared.
While the fundamentals of basic handicapping still apply, synthetic tracks definitely have their own nuances and quirks, and Finley examines them in detail. His thorough research and expertly outlined statistical data, gathered from thousands of races, arms the handicapper with a much better understanding on how to wager and win in the synthetic-surface era. He describes the differences among various brands of surfaces in relation to track biases, running styles, pedigrees and sire lines, the bounce factor, and horses making surface switches: synthetic to dirt, dirt to synthetic, turf to synthetic, etc.
The modern handicapper cannot afford to ignore the synthetic revolution.