TrackMaster TRIPS Reports for Thoroughbred (2023)

Special Features Of TrackMaster TRIPS Reports

TRIPS RATING

One of the core pieces of data referenced throughout the reports, it's a comprehensive performance rating calculated using complex algorithms that incorporate how a race unfolds and the competitive qualities demonstrated by the field, as well as the pace, speed and class ratings of the race. The pace structure of the race, the pressure a horse encountered during the race, and whether the horse ran with or against any track bias is also included in the rating. The normal scale is from 1 to 150, with the higher the rating the better. If a horse is never in the hunt and finishes in the back of the pack, an X for no rating will be displayed. An X can also designate a rating that was less than 1. Rating are only computed for thoroughbred races of five furlongs or more.

PACE STRUCTURES

Another key piece of data found in multiple spots in the reports, pace structures compare the pace figures and speed figures of a race to the typical pace and speed figures of the race. If faster than expected, a component will be labeled F for Fast. If slower than expected, a component will be labeled S for Slow. Otherwise, a component will be labeled A for Average.

RACE HEADER

Contains the race number, post time, class, distance and TRIPS par of the race. The race conditions, purse value and wagering options are also provided. Pace data and analysis and recent race bias information is also included. The TRIPS par of the race is a benchmark to use to compare to the TRIPS ratings of individual horses.

HORSE HEADER

Program number, morning line odds, name, post position, running style, medication, weight carried, color, sex, age, breeder, owner and the horse’s earnings box are all listed.

RUNNING STYLE

Front-runner: Usually on the early lead.
Alternator/Front-runner: No particular style, recent outings have been near the lead.
Stalker: Normally sits just off of the front-runners in the early stages of the race.
Alternator/Stalker: No particular style, recent outings have been racing off the pace.
Trailer: Usually near the back of the pack in the early going.
Alternator/Trailer: No particular style, recent outings have been near the back.
Unknown: Not known, usually because the horse is foreign or a first time starter.

WIN CYCLES

Lists the number of days since a horse’s last race and the most, fewest and average number of days off between races before a victory.

OFF TRACK ABILITY

Grades judge a horse’s ability on various track conditions when the dirt track isn’t listed as fast or the turf course as firm. Slop refers to sloppy or wet/fast tracks, Good refers to dirt tracks listed as good or slow, Mud pertains to muddy tracks, and soft relates to turf courses not listed as firm. The letter grades are just like grades in school with an A+ being the best and an F being the worst.

TRIPS RATINGS & PACE STRUCTURES

The average best 3 TRIPS is the average of a horse’s best three TRIPS ratings over the last twelve months. Best lifetime refers to a horse’s best ever TRIPS rating. Best last 12 is a horse’s best TRIPS rating in the last twelve months. Best today’s track is a horse’s best TRIPS rating at today’s track. Last win, 2back win and 3back win refer to a horse’s latest win and second and third back wins. The format for each of these labels is TRIPS rating, pace and speed ratings of the leader/winner of the race, pace structure of the race, pace and speed ratings of this horse and race date.

JOCKEY, TRAINER, SIRE, DAM

All listed next with pertinent letter grades beneath them. The letter grades are similar to grades in school with an A being the best and an F being the worst. Any grade with a plus means that a positive ROI threshold has been met while any grade with a negative sign indicates that a certain negative ROI threshold has been met. Note: the wraps on or off trainer grade is only applicable if a change from the last race is visible with a paddock or post parade inspection.

RUNNING LINE INFORMATION

Date, track and race number, track condition, distance/surface, class level, typical pace and speed ratings, pace and speed ratings for the leader/winner of the race, pace structure, track bias style/path, pace and speed ratings for the horse, TRIPS rating, post position and points of call, jockey, medication/equipment, odds, expanded comments.

TRACK BIAS STYLE

F+ Strong Front
F Front
S+ Strong Stalk
S Stalk
T+ Strong Trail
T Trail
N None

TRACK BIAS PATH

R Rail
M Middle
O Outside
N None

Special Features Of Track Bias Section (appears at end of report)

LAST FOUR DAYS (Top Section)

Provides information regarding the winners of races over the last four days of racing at a particular track. (The racing days must have occurred within the last six months to be shown and only races greater than or equal to five furlongs are considered.) For each day displayed, the following information is shown:

BIAS: STYLE-PATHThe first piece of information located just beneath the race date is the Bias: Style-Path for each course and distance (sprint/route)

Track Bias STYLE is one of the following:

Strong Front - The track surface gave front-runners a big advantage.
Front - The track surface gave front-runners an advantage.
Strong Stalk - The track surface gave stalkers a big advantage.
Stalk - The track surface gave stalkers an advantage.
Strong Trail - The track surface gave trailers a big advantage.
Trail - The track surface gave trailers an advantage.
None - No particular bias.
N/A - Not available, no races were run on the course at the distance (sprint/route).

Track Bias PATH is one of the following:

Rail - The inner posts and/or inner part of the track was most advantageous.
Middle - The middle post positions and/or middle of the track was the best spot to be.
Outside - The outer post positions and/or outside part of the track was best.
None – No particular bias.
N/A - Not available, no races were run on the course at the distance (sprint/route).

WINNER'S GRID

The next section contains the winner’s grid, which displays the early positioning and the post position of the winners.

For each race on the day of at least five furlongs, a symbol is placed on the grid in the appropriate column and row corresponding to each winner. The 1-3 column is for winners starting in the one, two or three post position. The 4-6 column is for winners starting in the four, five, or six post position and the 7 up column is for winners with a post position greater than six. The row selected corresponds to the lengths back of the winner at the first call. If the winner was on the lead or within two lengths of the lead then the Front row is selected. If the winner was more than two lengths back, but not more than five lengths back, then the Stalk row is selected. If a winner was more thanfive lengths back, then the Trail row is selected. The track condition of the dirt and turf course are listed. If the track condition changes during the day, then the track condition is listed as mixed.

LENGTHS BACK

The next section is the average lengths back at the first call and second call of the winners, listed by course and distance (sprint/route). (For sprints, the points of call are at two furlongs and four furlongs, for routes, at four furlongs and six furlongs)

RECENT RACES AND LAST 12 MONTHS (Lower Section)The next major section consists of the recent races and track profile listings for the top four finishers by course and distance (sprint/route). Recent races refer to the last thirty races on the course at the distance (sprint/route). (If less than thirty races are available over the last six months, then all of the races on the course at the distance (sprint/route) are included.) The time period for the track profile includes the last 365 days.

Each of the top four finishers positions contains data reflecting post-race analysis and pre-ace running styles. The letter grades provided are similar to grades in school with an A being the best and an F being the worst. Any grade with a plus means that a positive average odds threshold has been met while any grade with a negative sign indicates that a certain negative average odds threshold has been met.

The post race analysis grid has columns consisting of rail, middle and outside, while the rows are labeled as front, stalk and trail. Rail, middle and outside pertain to the post position as well as the portion of the track runners raced on during the race. As in the winner’s grid, the front, stalk and trail labels refer to a runner’s positioning at the first call. Front refers to horses that were on the lead or less than two lengths from the lead. Stalk pertains to horses that were more than two lengths from the lead, but not more than five lengths back. Trail refers to horses that were more than five lengths back.

The pre-race running styles grid pertains to the running style assigned to a horse in the TrackMaster TRIPS report before a race is run. The grades are based on whether the percentage of finishers for the running Style are as expected when matched up with the percentage of horses with that running style. The running styles are listed below:

Front-runner: Usually on the early lead.
Alternator/Front-runner: No particular style, recent outings have been near the lead.
Stalker: Normally sits just off of the front-runners in the early stages of the race.
Alternator/Stalker: No particular style, recent outings have been racing off the pace.
Trailer: Usually near the back of the pack in the early going.
Alternator/Trailer: No particular style, recent outings have been near the back.
Unknown: Style unknown, usually because the horse is foreign or a first time starter.

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