Feb 1 2015

More On Result Charts: Beyer Figures, Time, and Extended Comments

Continuing with the example from a prior article, “There’s Gold In Them Thar Result Charts,” we are going to review the additional information that can be gleaned from these detailed charts. Click here for a review of that article. We looked at a standard result chart and the “Next Race” version that shows you the very next race for all of the horses following the race chart being viewed. That allows you to see exactly how well each horse did after the race. But, how were they doing before, or leading up to the race being reviewed? For that, there is an option to view the “Beyer Figures” (Click here to learn about the fundamentals of Beyer Figures) for up to ten preceding races. The following result chart view was generated from the same July 19 race as in the prior article:

Ill Call Result Chart - Beyers

If the chart is hard to read, click on the image and a larger version will appear.  This view shows a matrix of Beyer Figures for each horse, from most recent on the left to oldest on the far right. It allows you to quickly visualize how “fast” the competition had been leading up to the race in the result chart, which is the 2nd column from the left. From here you can see if the horse you are reviewing had a reasonable shot against the field, was over-matched, or maybe was superior to the other horses running. All useful pieces of information when handicapping.

Both the “Next Race” and “Beyer Figures” options provide a good measure of the level of competition faced by the horse under review. But, what if you want more information about how this particular race (July 19 in this case) was run? There are two Result Chart options that provide time details for the race. The first is called “Incremental Pace” and the July 19 race appears below:

Ill Call Result Chart - Incremental Pace

This chart breaks down the race into incremental pieces, with times run for each horse.  In this race the first three columns represent how fast each horse ran for each quarter mile (2 furlongs).  The last column is the time for the final 3 1/2 furlongs.

A different view, called “Elapsed Time“, shows you the time for each horse in the race at specific points.  In this example, you see the time for 1/4 mile, 1/2 mile, 3/4 mile, and 1 3/16 miles.  These points vary by the distance of the race being reviewed.

Ill Call Result Chart - Elapsed Time

The last Result Chart view we’re going to review is called the “DRF Comments” view.  It shows “extended” comments (trip notes) for each horse in the race.  Click here to read a prior article explaining the terminology used in “trip notes.”

Ill Call Result Chart - Comments

This is a quick overview of the types of information that is available using the Daily Racing Form’s Formulator program. We will have articles in the future providing examples of how you might use this information in your handicapping process.

Also, in the near future we’ll be providing an article detailing the Result Chart capability in the TimeformUS program.

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By Neal Benoit

4 comments on “More On Result Charts: Beyer Figures, Time, and Extended Comments

  1. Neal i read once you carry your ipad everywhere you go,heres my question i purchased an ipad adobe flash isnt compatible with ipad,any suggestions on which apps i could use for video and formulator.
    Called ipad cs they havent the slighest idea.

    • Supposedly there is a tablet version of DRF Formulator available, but I have not tried it, because you have to have an annual subscription. So what I do with Formulator is add my comments to the horse and trip notes, then print it to a PDF file, and finally download the PDF file to my iPad (via Dropbox) and mark it up using a program called PDF Expert. Also, you can use TimeformUS on the iPad, because it works directly from the Safari browser. In fact, in some ways it works better on the iPad than on a computer. Hope that helps.

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