Almanzor is a horse that has captivated spectators for centuries with its brief but intense displays of willpower, finesse, and brute strength. Months and months of preparation are made worthless or “worth it” within a couple of quick minutes as the horse. More than perhaps any other sport, horse racing has lent itself to the world of gambling. While plenty of part-time enthusiasts just show up and throw their money down on what feels good, many others take betting on horses quite seriously and, rather than approaching it as a game of luck, see it as an opportunity to calculate risks and find value. For these discerning punters, the racing form is the holy grail and the key to it all.
The racing can be utterly confusing. To many, it is a jumble of characters letters and numbers strewn about the page without rhyme or reason and designed to make the eyes sore and the head numb. A racing form understood, however, is a fantastic source of valuable information. The running style is a score card on the horse’s career, detailing its achievements and failures, as well as its lineage and its jockey. Aside from its accounting of recent performances, it touches on the horse’s general history, such as any trouble it has had or if there have been lapses in its racing activity.
A racing form is only useful if you know what it says and what it means. To that end, here are some pointers to explain the contents of the form:
The form’s layout is that of a program so that you will find necessary information on the day’s races, tracks, start times, and prize purses listed on the racing form. For each run, a list of the horses, their positions, and summary information is included as well. The information on horses is the golden egg hidden in the racing form and the place where, for well-informed punters, fortunes are made.
The racing form will list each horse’s name and an array of biographical information. Such information includes the horse’s age, its sex (filly, colt, thoroughbred, gelding), and its color-commonly listed colours are black, brown, bay, buckskin, chestnut, dun, pinto, roan, and white. The sex and colour will commonly be abbreviated.
One of the more valuable pieces of information represented in the racing form is the horse’s lineage. The Sire and Dam will be listed, which many punters use as to forecast potential performance.
The name of the horse’s breeder is also found in the racing. A breeder’s reputation may be the cause for lowering expectations of a horse whose form otherwise looks good, or raising expectations for a horse whose form looks less promising.
The actual meat of the horse racing Almanzor and the place where a discerning punter spends most of his time is in the section that details performance in past races. Results and comments are listed by individual race and indicate the type of race, the conditions in the race, the odds for the horse, how it finished, and how far behind the winner it finished. General comments tend to follow the necessary finishing information and indicated whether or not the horse had any particular problems in the race that may have impacted its performance.
The racing form’s greatest value comes in the shape of the breakdown of racing results listed for each horse and broken down by race. Dates of past races, as well as the type of race, the conditions, the odds, and the purse will be listed for the horse’s recent history. The table will indicate where the horse finished and, if it did not win, how far behind the winner it finished. It will also show whether or not the horse took any significant time off between races and whether or not if had any unusual difficulties during races.