Horse Racing at Parx Racing
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Sunday Horse Racing: RT and SmartCap pick the 8th at Parx and like a longshot switching from turf to dirt

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For Sunday, November 24th, we are looking at the 8th race from Parx.

This is a six furlong, Allowance Optional Claiming sprint for three year olds’ and up.

SmartCap uncovered a horse with a price today in this race - #8 The Big S (10/1), and if you’ll notice below, there is an extra set of numbers at the very bottom. Those represent the removal of the last race because it was on turf. Based on Equibase's numbers, this horse is better on dirt than turf, trainer Raymond Handel is 18% with turf to dirt runners, is 18% on horses coming off a one to two-month layoff, 28% on moving down in class and is 25% with jockey Harry Hernandez. This Mineshaft colt has been off since late September and has had four workouts since with each improving. He is protected from being claimed today and since July has raced against the likes of Shancelot (twice), Mind Control and Hog Creek Hustle. His running lines are not that strong, yet given what SmartCap shows with his class differential, he’s a play.

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The SmartCap card for the 8th at Parx.
The SmartCap card for the 8th at Parx.


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SmartCap is an algorithm-based system that helps the horse player identify key contenders in a race.

Developed by a math prodigy from West Point, you will receive a graph like the one below, per race, when you order SmartCap.

The figures along the left represent each entrants’ best last race, with the top number being the speed and the bottom number is its class. In this example, #10 comes out clearly ahead in class and speed which gives him an edge. Why is that number important? It identifies the horse that is in shape and like human sports competitions, the person(s) in the best shape has the advantage.

The graph on the right represents a horses’ overall rating. When you look at this graph, you will notice on the top far left, the track and race number. This is from Penn National, race two. To the right of this is this races’ class rating and its money – money being the separator for class. So, in this example, we have a $5K race and the class rating is 73. The 73 is the rating set by Equibase. At Penn 2 for this, you have a horse who raced a 62.9 overall versus a 106.2 overall. Now, #7 has a slightly better speed rating yet has been racing against lesser competition. The #10 has the best last, close speed rating, and by far best class, it would be a play. It won going away.

If you are unfamiliar with Equibase, they are the most reliable source for PP’s in the industry. Additionally, one reason why you may see us posting picks to the same tracks is Equibase installed their own GPS technology at Mahoning Valley, Penn National and is the official timer at Golden Gate, Laurel, Woodbine and Pimlico.


  • You must consult your PP’s regardless of what this graph tells you – especially in routes because this is where jockey skill makes the paramount difference. You can have the best horse in a certain race and if the jockey cannot work out a solid trip, it’s done.

  • Steer clear from an off track. Always check the weather before placing your order.

  • We are only providing you with a tool to identify potential horses in a race. You are directly responsible for your own wagering.

  • Pick your spots. It is a losing proposition to bet every race.

  • We rarely handicap maiden races and two-year-old races can be daunting – again, consult your pp’s before indulging.

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A sample SmartCap race chart.
A sample SmartCap race chart.
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