September 2002 VOL. 15, NO. 9

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Fall Handicapping Challenge
NEW Custom PP Generator
Ten Turf Sires
At Your Service

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Fall Handicapping Challenge
NEW Custom PP Generator
Ten Turf Sires
At Your Service

Making Things Perfect
Introducing NEW Custom PP Generator!

In a perfect world, you could create your own past performances. You could arrange all the racing data in an order that makes the most sense to you. Add in the information you need and drop the information you don't use. Highlight what is important and de-emphasize what is unimportant. It's not a dream, it's's new Custom PP Generator software.

The Cure for the Common PP

You want options. How about 3 trillion to the hundredth power? That is roughly how many unique settings are available to you with Custom PP Generator. What does this mean to you? Past Performances exactly like you want them. The information you need, where you want it. Now it's a reality with Custom PP Generator.

Getting Started

Like all handicapping software programs, Custom PP Generator is FREE to download. The software can generate past performances from all the datafiles. The good news is that the same files you use to run your handicapping software programs can also be used to create past performances at no extra cost (see table).

Custom PP - Report Grid

Data file Type Condensed Premium Quick Plays Ultimate PPs*
DRF Single Y Y    
DRF Multi Y Y    
A-Odds Silver Y Y    
Common Ground Y Y    
MultiCAPS Y Y    
Neurax Y Y    
Neurax Pro Y Y Y Y
Plus V Y Y Y Y
ALL-Ways Y Y Y Y

*all three versions

New PP Features

You'll love the new output from Custom PP Generator. Included are italicized and bolded horses in the company line, which indicate if a horse won its next start or is in the same race today. A bolded horse in the company line is a quick indicator to let you know that this runner is in the same race again as the horse you're viewing. To better illustrate this, look at the example (see below) of recent Amsterdam Stakes winner Listen Here. In his last race the company line shows "Boston Common" bolded. This tells us that this rival is entered in the same race today. Now, you can quickly see if a horse had faced another runner in the past. In Listen Here's prior start, the show horse "It's A Monster" is italicized, which informs us that that rival came back to win his next start. That can be a powerful factor when handicapping a race!

Other new features include an additional trainer statistic for each horse, as well as the rider's record at the distance or surface. Now you will know if the jockey does well in turf races, for example.

Be Creative!

The real beauty of Custom PP Generator is how you can manipulate the racing data to fit your own unique needs. Using the Custom PP Filter, Options and Items menus, you can change the look and feel of your past performances. The drop-down filter menu allows you to focus or modify the following factors:

Custom PP Filters:
Early Pace     Surface     Track Condition     Jockey
Distance     Track Recency

Each filter has several alternatives. For instance the distance filter can be sorted by All Distances, Today's Distance Category (Sprint/Routes), Today's Distance Only, Within Half Furlong of Today's Race, and Within One Furlong of Today's Race. To show how you can apply this to your past performances, here is an example of a Custom PP filter:

Early Pace - No Early Pace Filter;
Distance - Within One Furlong of Today's Race;
Surface-Today's Surface Only;
Track - All Tracks;
Track Condition - All Track Conditions;
and Jockeys - All Jockeys.

After you have determined your filter settings, use the option menu to alter the data in the past performances lines. With 12 different options to choose from, you can radically change your PPs to the look and feel you want.

Custom PP Options:
Number of PPs     Workouts     Number of Workouts    
Times     Fractions     Sort Order
Screen Display Size     Header Size     Layoff Line
Filtered PP Lines     Incremental Times     Handicapper's Note Box

Like the Filter menu each Option has several alternatives. Some of the more exciting options are the Fractions, Sort Order, Layoff Line, Filtered PP Lines and Incremental Times. With the Fractions option you can view the fractions of the leader (the normal default) or you can view the fractions for the horse. Instead of trying to compute how fast the 5th place horse ran, now find out instantly by choosing the horse fraction option.

Using the Sort Order option arrange horses in each race by Post Position, Program Number, Prime Power Rating, or Class Rating. If you want to be alerted to any breaks in a horse's race record, use the Layoff Line feature. You can adjust the setting from the default of 45 days to any length you wish.

One popular option is the Filtered PP Lines. Depending on your filter settings, you can either eliminate PP lines or simply gray them out. For example, if you were handicapping Churchill Downs and the filter setting was "today's track only," you would have the option of viewing only the Churchill PP lines or graying out the non-Churchill PP lines. Want to know how quickly a colt came home in the last quarter? Choose the Incremental Times option and analyze every quarter of every race.

The final step is the Items menu. The Items menu lets you decide what information to add or drop and establish an order for the data. Ever wondered what Condensed PPs might look like with BRIS Pace numbers? The Item menu is the place to make that change. Of course by adding BRIS Pace numbers to the Condensed PPs you will in turn need to drop data you deem less important. Think of it as addition by subtraction. The Items menu also gives you the opportunity to organize the data any way you want, meaning you can change the order of all the items on a PP line with a click of a button.

Create a Style
Now that you know what you want, use the Style menu to save all your settings (Filters, Options & Items). Depending on what past performances you prefer, you can save a unique style for each type of past performance.

Download FREE Custom PP Generator

To start using this exciting new program today, just click on FREE Software at The software includes a FREE sample file so you can play around with the settings. Enjoy!

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Fall Handicapping Challenge
NEW Custom PP Generator
Ten Turf Sires
At Your Service

Young Sires To Watch On The Turf (Part I)

(reprinted from Owner-Breeder Publication, a new offering at

By Brian P. Turner

Nothing is more confusing to the average handicapper than when the progeny of a young sire is making its first start on the turf. Generally, the sire has yet to establish a reputation and has had so few runners try the lawn that it is difficult to determine how the youngster will handle the new surface. The confusion can result in an otherwise solid handicapper leaving out a serious contender and costing them a very healthy payoff.

In an attempt to help the handicapper spot potential turf runners, over the next two issues we will explore a list of 10 sophomore sires that, due to the pedigree and the success of the limited numbers of runners they have had, bear consideration when their offspring show up on the grass. This is in no way meant to be an all encompassing list of second crop sires with turf potential; they are simply sires who are demonstrating potential in this arena and bear extra consideration when their progeny appear on the lawn.

Spinning World has a black-type littered pedigree literally made for the turf. The 1997 Breeders' Cup Mile (G1) winner's progeny have been living up to that expectation as they are winning at a rate of 17% on the lawn. Spinning World is by premier turf sire Nureyev and out of Imperfect Circle, who is a stakes winner on the turf and half-sister to recent Charles H. Wittingham H. (G1) hero, Denon. Her half-sister is Chimes Of Freedom, a stakes winner on the turf herself and dam of notable stakes winner Aldebaran. Though Spinning World's more successful runners have to this point been in Europe, they should at all times be treated with respect.

Boston Harbor owns a sneaky pedigree for the lawn and thus his progeny are winning at a phenomenal 27% in their first turf attempt and 20% of the time overall. For those that find his statistics surprising, a closer look into his pedigree may alleviate some of the shock. Boston Harbor's dam, Harbor Springs (by solid turf sire Vice Regent), is a half sister to sprinting phenomenon Groovy, who, though he never tried the lawn himself, produces runners who win a very respectable 14% of the time on the grass. Boston Harbor's sire, Capote, counts among his siblings the excellent turf specialist Exceller and most within his family run well on the lawn. Capote's sire, Seattle Slew, was of course a very successful grass sire as well.

Lost Soldier has already produced his share of stakes competitors including Lush Soldier who recently captured the Allywow S. on the grass at Woodbine. The remainder of his progeny is winning 17% of the time on the turf and 14% of the time first on the turf. Lost Soldier's dam, Lady Winborne, was stakes placed in Ireland and a half sister to Allez France, who, among her many other accolades, was Horse of the Year in France at the age of four. Of Lady Winborne's 15 foals, 13 actually made it to the track and all of those at some point found the winner's circle including six who earned their black-type. Among those stakes winners were multiple graded winners Al Mamoon and La Gueriere, both of whom enjoyed the majority of their success on the grass. Add in the fact that Lost Soldier is a son of the legendary turf sire Danzig and it is easy to see a young sire with boundless grass potential.

Atticus is a son of Nureyev who showed the ability to handle both the turf and the dirt as the last two races of his career were stakes wins in the Arcadia H. (G2) on the turf and the Oaklawn H. (G1) on the dirt. His dam, Athyka, is a daughter of Secretariat and a multiple Group 2 winner in France. Though Atticus is her only stakes winner to date, many of her foals have been winners on the grass. His progeny are winning at a very respectable 16% of the time in their first turf attempts and 14% on the grass overall. His most prominent North American runner to this point is No More Chads whose best stakes effort to date came in a second place finish on the Keeneland lawn in the Forerunner Stakes.

Chequer is another on the list who may come as a surprise to many as his only graded victory came on the dirt in the W.P. Kyne H. (G3) at Bay Meadows. Still, the pedigree is one that can be successful on the turf as he is a son of the legendary Mr. Prospector and his dam, Number, is a daughter of Nijinsky 2nd and half sister to the aforementioned Nureyev. Number foaled two other stakes winners in Numerous and Jade Robbery, both full brothers to Chequer with the latter being a Group One winner on the turf in France. His progeny are currently winning 23% of the time in their first turf attempts and 25% of the time overall. Chequer's progeny may get ignored by many on the turf but they bear serious consideration.

In the next issue, we will take a close look at the remaining five sophomore sires to watch when their progeny show up on the lawn. For more information on Owner-Breeder International, a valuable publication on the world of horse racing, visit

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