- Welcome To TrackMaster Basic
- How TrackMaster Basic Works
- Special Features Of TrackMaster Basic
- Easy Organization
- Other Features And Functions
- TrackMaster Basic Benefits
I. Welcome To TrackMaster Basic
To become an effective handicapper the most important thing you will need is constantly updated, reliable, historical information and statistics. Once you obtain this data you still need to organize it and analyze it. This is a difficult task that can take a great deal of time to accomplish. Even the most experienced and skilled handicappers miss some key statistics or overlook significant angles. Handicapping effectively and profitably can be a complicated, time consuming task that can test your perseverance.
TrackMaster Basic was developed by a team of handicapping experts, statisticians, and software engineers to help you accomplish the goal of becoming an effective and profitable handicapper. With TrackMaster Basic, the enhanced information and analysis made available to you will allow you to win more money, more often. With TrackMaster Basic all of the information you need, organized the way you want, is right at your fingertips at the push of a button on your personal computer.
TrackMaster Basic is a robust handicapping information tool. It is intelligent, innovative, informative, and interactive. People who are serious about wagering would be doing themselves a disservice to attempt to handicap without the very best information and analysis available on the market today. TrackMaster Basic provides the winning choice for the intelligent harness handicapper.
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II. How TrackMaster Basic Works
The TrackMaster Basic software allows you to access a full day's racing card from any of your favorite tracks throughout North America, including items such as past performance information, horse, driver and trainer information and numerous other features to make your experience playing the races more enjoyable and more profitable. Each TrackMaster Basic data file contains information for all of the races at a track on any given race day and provides the same reliable information as found in the track programs such as morning line odds, program numbers and post positions, plus a wide array of enhanced and improved data.
TrackMaster Basic is Microsoft Windows compatible and requires an internet connection to download the race card data files. Users get updates via the TrackMaster Basic page on the TrackMaster web site using an account ID and password. Once the race card data file has been downloaded, the TrackMaster Basic software imports and displays the current day's races and prepares them for handicapping the entire card.
III. Special Features Of TrackMaster Basic
What does TrackMaster Basic provide that you can't find anywhere else? Here are just a few of the features:
PERFORMANCE INFORMATION AND RATINGS
TrackMaster Basic eases your handicapping by providing several key comparisons of the horses in a race:
Class Ratings - reflect the quality of the races in which the horse has raced.
Speed Ratings - reflect how this horse's speed ranks against the other horses in the race.
Pace Style - reflect how the stages of the race are likely to be.
Power Ratings - an overall indicator of various handicapping factors combined together.
TrackMaster assigns a class rating (CR) to today's races and all races in which today's starters have raced. A top class race might have a class rating of 100 while a lower-level claiming race might have a CR of 70. By comparing the CR of today's race and the CRs for each horse's recent races you can tell if a horse is moving up or down in class, facing an easier or more difficult field that it has recently. The ratings are deigned to be equal across all tracks. So a horse that has been successful in races with a CR of 90 at one track should be competitive in a race with a CR of 90 when shipping to a different track.
TrackMaster assigns a speed rating (SR) to each horse's race, where there is enough information to accurately do so. These ratings tell you how fast a horse has been performing. It is based on the horse's actual time and other factors, such as the composition and condition of the track and the post position the horse started from. A horse who races in a top class race might earn a SR of 100 for a good performance while a low-level claimer might earn a 70 for an average performance. Like the class rating, the speed rating is weighted for different tracks and conditions and designed to be equal across all of them. A horse that races consistently in the 80s at one track should be competitive with horses that race in the 80s at another track.
IMPORTANT NOTICE ABOUT SPEED AND CLASS RATINGS
In order to provide the most effective ratings, Speed Figures and Class Ratings are subject to change, including, but not limited for the following reasons:
- Update/correction to underlying data (i.e. time of race changed, reported beaten lengths changed)
- Upgrade in method used to determine the figures
- Periodic re-cast of the figures to improve the efficacy of the numbers due to the increased amount of data available after the original figures were computed
The pace style gives you a quick look at how a race may be contested. The numbers identify which horses prefer to race in front early in a race, which ones typically make middle moves and which ones come from behind. This is useful in anticipating early speed duels which can significantly affect the pace of a race.
The pace calculations analyze a horse's positions at the four stages of a race: 1st Quarter, 2nd Quarter, 3rd Quarter, and Finish. By averaging the positions a horse has been, a number is produced indicating where that horse usually is at that point in the race. If a horse shows a first quarter figure of 1.5, this horse typically races in front (between first and second) early in a race. Another horse might show a first quarter figure of 6.8, meaning it tends to be placed towards the back early in a race. By comparing the pace figures, you get an idea of which horses consistently race in front and which come from behind.
The TrackMaster Basic power rating is an overall indicator of the horse's potential profitability, combining the components of speed, class, pace and various other handicapping factors. This power rating is also weighted to reflect a track profile. For example, early pace carries more importance at a smaller track than at a large one with a long stretch. TrackMaster Basic also provides value tables that show you, historically, which combinations of power rating margins and odds have had the highest payoffs.
IV. Easy Organization
TrackMaster Basic selectively displays information to allow you to compare horses head-to-head in selected categories. Also once you have decided that a particular horse in the race is no longer of interest, you can "throw him out" by hiding that horse's information to allow you to focus on the remaining horses of interest. Additionally, if you decide that a piece information on a horse is of particular interest, you may mark that information to highlight it. TrackMaster Basic keeps track of what you have marked and allows you to display a summary of all marked information in the handy notebook category.
Match ups is our unique addition to past performances. It's the quickest way to compare the competitors' recent head-to-head meetings to see who has been performing better.
The notebook is the summary area of TrackMaster Basic. When you access your notebook, a display summarizes all the information you have marked as of special interest. This allows a recap of information in one area to help you make your decisions. You can use TrackMaster Basic to prepare ahead of time and, just before the race, review your marks in the notebook.
RUNNING LINE (PP) NOTEBOOK
Past performance lines contain vital pieces of information such as where horses have previously raced, conditions of races, fractional times, who the first three finishers were and much more. TrackMaster Basic lets you mark pieces of information which are then copied to the running line notebook category. By marking information you can easily compare a horse's past performances.
In addition to the TrackMaster Basic power rating, the snapshot-power display presents a summary of the key pieces of race information such as: the average best speed rating each horse has run, or a horse's record displayed as wins over starts. When you look for horses that stand out (either good or bad) in these categories, you're on your way to a good selection.
V. Other Features And Functions
The odds handicapper allows you to compute what pari-mutuel payoffs should be. For example, in a daily double when you pair a horse with 9-5 odds with a horse with 2-1 odds, the payoff odds should be 9.5: 1, or a $2.00 bet should pay $21. By comparing the should pay with the actual pay received you can see if your wager had positive value. Betting for value will help you improve your profits over time.
MULTIPLE TRACK INFORMATION
TrackMaster Basic lets you store more than one complete race card. The archive feature lets you download and store as many tracks as you want which you may switch back and forth to. This will allow you access to more than one track if you are taking advantage of a sports book, off-track betting or simulcast location offering a variety of tracks.
The traditional past performance lines for each horse's last twelve races are always available.
If and when a horse was claimed, for how much, and from which trainer are displayed. TrackMaster Basic notes if a horse was claimed in its last start and what the new horse's record is after being claimed and what the new trainer's record is with horses he or she has recently claimed.
A horse's records after it has had a specified number of days between races are shown.
The horse's sire, dam, dam sire, age and sex. The performance of the sire's foals is shown.
DRIVERS AND TRAINERS
The recent race records for the driver and trainer over the last 30 days as well as the driver when he/she has driven for the trainer, when the driver has driven the horse, and when the trainer has started the horse are displayed. The trainer's recent record following layoffs, after claims, with first time starters and with two-year-olds are also displayed.
MEDICATION AND EQUIPMENT
What medication and equipment are being used in today's race and what medication and equipment were used in the horse's last three races are displayed.
VI. TrackMaster Basic Benefits
MAKE MORE MONEY, MORE OFTEN
Power ratings are a value-added feature of TrackMaster Basic. Through a complex series of computations and historical analysis, TrackMaster Basic can cut through a lot of data quickly. That combined with your handicapping knowledge will ultimately make you more money more often.
TrackMaster Basic was designed to compile and organize information quickly and easily to save you time. You don't have to go to any alternative resources for information, it's all right there ready for you to use.
EASY TO USE
TrackMaster Basic provides all the data you need right at your fingertips. At the touch of a button you will have the information you need to make better handicapping decisions. We provide customized screens that will allow you to find out if your selection is the best value for a given race.
AFFORDABLE AND COMPREHENSIVE
TrackMaster Basic can provide all of this information with convenient and affordable pricing plans that won't break your bank.