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Monday Horse Racing: RT and SmartCap pick the 4th and 7th races at Mahoning Valley

The 4th race gos off at 2:08 pm ET.


Finding a good race to handicap on Mondays in December isn’t the easiest thing to do, so you get two allowance races from Mahoning Valley today.

There will be inclement weather, so if these races go off, it’ll be an interesting day.

Race 4 - $32.7K Allowance for Buckeye bred fillies and mares going six furlongs

I am going with #3 – Status Symbol (8/5) who has the best last Equibase/SmartCap figs of this group. Jockey Jose Bracho (27% last 10 days) is in the irons and he is going straight to the front with this filly and not looking back.

Race 7 - $31.3K Allowance for Ohio bred three years olds and up going six furlongs

#3 Kingofthebuckeye (2/1) comes into the race with strong last numbers and is a need the lead type – certainly a Mahoning Valley type. Jockey Quinones and trainer Ruberto clicking along at 34% winners.

#4 Flyinundertheradar (6/1) has the best overall class and speed via SmartCap. The gamble in this is whether jockey Hector Rosario can keep him close enough to benefit from the speed duel between the 3-5-8.

#8 – Modern Justice (3/1) high-spirited gray guy refused to leave the gate last out and ran green the previous. The switch to cutie patootie jockey Erin Walker may be just what he needs.

I am exacta boxing these three.

SmartCap's Mahoning Valley 4th race.
SmartCap's Mahoning Valley 4th race. RT
SmartCap's Mahoning Valley 7th race.
SmartCap's Mahoning Valley 7th race. RT


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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. RT
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