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FREE SmartCap Friday Pick for Race 1 at Opening Day at Oaklawn

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For Friday, Jan. 24, we going to Hot Springs, Arkansas and why not kick off opening day with Oaklawn's 1st race.

Race one is a $20K Waiver Claiming race for four-year olds and up going a mile and a sixteenth.

SmartCap has identified 1a Hinton (9/5) as best last, best overall speed and best overall class. Whereas betting a ml 9/5 favorite, when will you get an entry with trainers Karl Broberg and Robertino Diodoro? In this case, 1a seems to be the better of the two and in his last race, he dug in and fought it out with Pound For Pound only to get nosed at the wire. Incidentally, Pound For Pound returned to win The $150K Louisiana Champions Day Classic Stakes just ten days later.

It’ll be catch the 7 Moment (5/2) and you’ll see Hinton lay near the lead and overtake him in the stretch.

SmartCap's first at Oaklawn.
SmartCap's first at Oaklawn.


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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