Maximizing Profits Using Formulator and Advanced Trainer Stats
By Dean Keppler
Paperback - Item #B1824 - 176-pages
Publisher: DRF Press
Pub. Date: November 2006
:: Read an excerpt from Trainer Angles
The ability of the Thoroughbred trainer and capitalizing on his or her
training strengths and weaknesses has always been one of the most
important handicapping factors. In Trainer Angles: Maximizing Profits
Using Formulator and Advanced Trainer Stats, the author reveals how using
advanced trainer analysis and the Formulator 4.1 program consistently
uncovers live longshots at both minor and major racing circuits under
various race conditions, surfaces, class levels, and distances.
By using the popular Formulator 4.1 software and it's advanced filter
options, the author teaches the reader how to find high percentage hidden
trainer patterns amongst an enormous amount of indispensable statistical
data. How does Hall of Fame trainer Dwayne Lukas do with 2-year-old
fillies making their second career start going from a sprint to a route? Now
you'll have that answer within a few clicks of a computer mouse! In the
past, it may have taken the seasoned handicapper hours of diligent
paperwork and scholarly recordkeeping to uncover this information.
Finding value at the racetrack has become increasingly difficult. It's no
longer enough to evaluate speed and pace figures, take tedious trip
handicapping notes, and study pedigree and sire/dam statistics.
Documented trainer success and intent, however, is still is one of the most
valuable handicapping factors. The author shows you how to find, and
most importantly, how to use this data. Deciphering Trainer/jockey
combinations, evaluating a trainer's distance limitations based on past
success, dirt and turf achievements, class structure, success with recent
claims, Beyer Speed figures, medication, equipment changes, evaluating
shippers, first time starters, and maidens are all readily available at the
PRAISE FOR TRAINER ANGLES:
"As one of the minority who believes that trainer stats are the primary
factor in handicapping, I hesitated on praising Keppler's fine book on
trainer specialty angles, fearing that my odds might be impacted. But with
most players deeply conditioned to prioritize speed, pace, form and class, I
think the odds for trainer players will remain in the profitable zone even
after his book becomes the hit it deserves to be."
-Mark Cramer, author of Scared Money, Kinky Handicapping,
and editor of the monthly C & X Racing Report.
"Daily Racing Form's Dean Keppler details a new age approach with the
DRF's Formulator 4. Focusing on betting the trainer's statistical win rates
and return on investment (ROI), Keppler demands proof the trainer has a
long term win rate and positive ROI move before he bets. His methodical
approach allows all players to understand how to acquire the knowledge
and skill to learn how to win by requesting information from the
Formulator 4.0 database."
-Ed Bain, author of the book 4 +30 and editor and publisher of
the newsletter Layoffs and Claims.
"Beyond raw ability of a horse, no handicapping factor is more
important than the ability of a horse's trainer. Longtime horseplayer Dean
Keppler offers a fitting means of trainer analysis in his easy, entertaining
text Trainer Angles. Citing coast-to-coast examples of trainer statistics in
Daily Racing Form past performances while introducing the potential of
-Brad Free, handicapper for Daily Racing Form
"In a handicapping world that is teeming with sharp players and
supposed "wise guys" there are only a few edges left. And Keppler has
zoomed in on one of them: TRAINER ANGLES. Whether you are a weekend
warrior or daily player, Trainer Angles will provide you with dozens of gold
nuggets and get you thinking about the one player who controls the horse:
the trainer! This is a must-read book."
-Jim Mazur, President of Progressive Handicapping and author
of The Gulfstream Handicapper and other meet specific trainer angle
"Horseplayers that imagine they know it all when it comes to trainer
performance, patterns, and profiles, almost certainly know lots less than
they think they know. Anyone who cares to dispute the assertion must read
Keppler's amazingly advanced treatment of the nation's trainers and their
Using "filters," the keys to the trainer vaults, from DRF's Formulator
4.1 software, Keppler reveals how trainers known to win with 18 percent of
their first starters in maiden races might instead be winning with an
exceptional 26 percent of their 3-year-old colts, but with a mere 6 percent
of their 2-year-old fillies.
Modern handicappers wanting the postmodern edge on trainers need
to possess that kind of well-filtered information. And they will discover
hundreds of similar nuggets in this excellent and meticulously-researched
book. Not even the most up-to-date local trainer expert can afford to
ignore this powerful national resource."
-James Quinn, author of 10 books on Thoroughbred