The VISUAL Handicapping Aid!
They say "a picture is worth a thousand words." If you are a serious handicapper and, like me, prefer graphical aids like maps to lists of numbers or directions, then VisiCap may be just the handicapping aid you are looking for!
VisiCap is different than most in that instead of providing you with tables and lists, it provides graphs of vital handicapping data and a visual simulation of how today's race is apt to run! The program creates 12 different sets of graphs designed to help you analyze speed ratings, performance at the 1st call, 2nd call, and finish, class, and competitiveness. At the 1st and 2nd calls and finish, you can analyze velocity, beaten lengths, or running position.
Each graph includes a line for each horse in the race, showing how it did in each of the races shown in its past performance lines. Each horse in the race gets a line graph of a different color, and the colors are keyed to the horse's program number in the right margin. Here's an example of what a Speed Rating graph looks like:
You can see at a glance that the 1 (blue), 3 (green) and 7(black) horses have probably been the most consistent, but also notice that the 10 (deep purple) has the highest speed rating and shows a tendency to improve every other race, perhaps making it due for a big effort today.
Here's an example of running at the 1st call. Remember, you can create graphs of either the running velocity, beaten lengths, or running position at each of the 3 calls covered. In this case, we're looking at the beaten lengths at the 1st call:
Here you can see that the 5 (tan) and 1 (blue), and with the exception of one race the 10 (deep purple) have consistently run quickly to the front, while the 6 (dark blue) has never been closer than 2 lengths back at the first call. And remember, there are twelve different sets of graphs to look at!
The second, and perhaps most exciting feature of VisiCap is its ability to create a simulation of how today's race might be expected to run. First, it gives you a concise summary of the past races of each horse. It looks like this:
Each line shows the date, track, race, track condition, distance and surface of each race. The horse's running position and beaten lengths at the 1st call, 2nd call and finish are displayed, along with the BRIS speed rating earned in that race. And, the racing comments are displayed as well. The program automatically defaults to using the most recent race for each horse (to save you time), but lets you select another race instead. In this case, Thinking Of Girls's last race was on turf, so we elected to use the race before that for the simulation. Here you can also mark a horse as scratched, to remove it from the simulation. Once we're satisfied with the pace lines, a click of the "View Race" button brings us to a simulation. The start of the race looks like this:
Notice that the No.1 horse is missing because we scratched it during the review of pace lines. Once we start the race, (by clicking the "Start" button), the icons representing each horse move in relation to each other, based on the way they ran during the race represented by the pace lines we selected. The view is much like you would see in a camera which was following the lead horse. The race runs in approximately the time of an actual race. It looks like this:
Times at the 1st two calls are posted as each of those points are reached during the race. At the finish, the projected final time (in this case 69.03 seconds) is posted, and the name of the winning horse (Married To The Music) is highlighted. It looks like this:
In this case, Married To The Music actually did win the real race, by 5-3/4 lengths in 69.78 seconds, and paid a handsome $19.80. Reggie D, who finished 3rd in the simulation, actually came in 2nd to complete a $228.50 exacta.
Of course, this was a particularly accurate simulation, and there are no turns, no way to predict "trouble" and you need to remember that these are horses, not machines. So, there is no guarantee that they will all race the same way they did in their selected pace lines. However, you can quickly get an idea of potential speed duels, watch for horses coming from way back, etc. It's really amazing.
The graphs can quickly point you to the real contenders, and the simulation is not only instructive, it's FUN! The program is a bargain at only $299.95. Buy NOW, and visualize your next wager!
For Windows XP, Vista, and 7