Horses that will win today
I then divided these horses into three categories: strong favorites, false favorites (no qualifier and false favorites (with qualifier).As you can see from the chart above, the overall win percentage for all favorites in this data sample was about 34 percent and showed a loss of just over 14 percent.Strong favorites outperformed the overall figures with a 38 percent win rate and about half of the loss.False favorites with no qualifier made up 56 percent of the overall sample and performed about as well, while false favorites in races with a qualifier went the opposite way of the strong favorite, dropping about 5 percent.The criteria I used to assess favorites includes: Recency the horse must have run in the last 31 days.Class the horse must be at the same level or lower than their previous effort.
If the race is the same level, the horse must have finished in the money in its last start.Conditions the horse must show a win at todays distance and over todays surface.Non-Maiden Last Race the horse cannot have competed in a maiden race last time.
Record the horse must show a win in its running lines and won 10 percent or more of its races (last year, this year and this year and last year combined).Strong favorite meets all the five criterion above.False favorite if the horse violates one or more of the five criterion above with no exceptions.By now you are surely wondering what a qualifier is and how well they perform.A qualifier is a horse that meets all the requirements of the strong favorite with two exceptions it is not the morning line favorite and it ran in the money at this level or higher last out.
If more than two horses are qualifiers in a race, you select the top choice by using the horse with the higher percentage of in-the-money races over the last two years shown in the horses record.While the hit rate is not high enough to warrant an automatic wager, the diminishing loss at only 2 percent of the wagered dollar coupled with the 24 percent loss of the false favorite show how much money that the favorites burn under these conditions.How does one use this information?In races that have a false favorite and a qualifier, they (the false favorite and the qualifier) combine to win.3 percent of the time.So, roughly half of the time you have a good sense of what horses you should consider including on the top half of an exacta.If you like a favorite to win, you can add some confidence if you feel it is a strong favorite or back off a bit if you feel it is a false favorite and include another contender in your exotic wagers.