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  • Hard to Interpret – Data might be incomplete, i.e First Time Starters or Horses with Foreign form. Could also be attributed to field changing distances, lacking recency or trying a new surface for the first time.
  • Legit/Vulnerable Favorite – OptixPLOT output is either positive or negative on the post time favorite, i.e. pace flow, PLOT/run style mismatch or unfavorable Quadrant/Shape for track/surface/distance.
  • Stalk/Pounce – No dominant speed or lone closer type, the stalk and pounce will generally be a medium or large square in close proximity to the front-runners.
  • Off/On Pace Flow – Pace flow favors a particular run style. An off pace flow will be a circle crowded Quadrant 1 with large squares in Quadrants 2 and Quadrant 4. A relatively light Quadrant 1 will reflect a pace flow advantage in favor of early pace types.

 

OptixEQ has completed a refresh of the OptixNOTES Keyword and Grades analytics. The following keywords have been updated to reflect the new changes.

OUCHY to OUCHY

PERFECT to PERFECT

X_BIAS to X_BIAS

BIAS to BIAS

ROOM to ROOM

TROUBLE to TROUBLE

MOVE to MOVE

PREP? to PREP?

STRETCH? to STRETCH?

FLOW to FLOW
Additional keywords have been added:

 SPRINTER, 
ROUTER and 
MARATHON

See the complete list of OptixNOTES Keywords and Grades at Keyword Master

OptixNOTES helps recognize improving or declining patterns of horses. Below are some specific things to look for when using OptixNOTES:

Positives:

  • Keywords appearing in green have the most favorable win percentage and/or ROI$ impact with next out runners and should get more emphasis
  • Horses with three consecutive improving performance grades.
  • Horses whose form projection predictions (IMPROVE? PREP?) suggest an improved performance in their next race.
  • Horses whose form projection predictions (TURF? STRETCH? DIRT? DROP? SHORTER? EQUIP?) suggest an improved effort if they undergo some kind of surface, distance, class, or equipment change in their next race.
  • Horses who had a major excuse last time out (EX).
  • Horses who might have run a subpar effort but encountered adverse conditions during the running of the race (TROUBLE(+), TRAFFIC, X_BIAS, X_FLOW, ROOM, NO_HANDLE, GATE, WASTED, BTL).
  • Horses with further potential upside (“B+” or better and able to move up in class).
  • Horses who have “dirtied up” form, where they’ve run seemingly poor races (i.e., a “C”) at the wrong level, distance, or surface. Look for a return to form when back in the right spot, based on previous good performances under similar conditions.

Negatives:

  • Keywords appearing in red have the most unfavorable win percentage and/or ROI$ impact with next out runners and should be noted
  • Bad favorites with negative keyword descriptors (NO_FINISH, HARD, REGRESS?) that suggest a regression in their next race or consistent losses at short odds.
  • Horses with three consecutive declining performance grades.
  • Horses that might have had advantageous set-ups and race-flows and are now coming back in a more competitive race (PERFECT, BIAS, FLOW, FREE, SETUP).

 

 

 

 

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