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Watching Thoroughbred Race Replays (DVD)

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By Dan Illman
Produced By Daily Racing Form/October 2008
Running Time: 105 Minutes

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For the first time in DVD format handicapping expert Dan Illman examines the fundamentals of trip handicapping. Illman explains in an easy to understand and entertaining format the significance of watching and charting race replays, and how this diligent and professional handicapping regimen often results in promising overlays at the betting windows.

This new dimension of handicapping has never been covered in this capacity, and is sure to give an immediate edge to today’s player by arming him with a wealth of information not easily recognizable or obtainable by the general racing public.  Learn how to distinguish good and bad trips, the importance of changing leads in deep stretch, the true meaning of bad or impeded running lines, the body language of the horse and jockey during the running of a race, the all-important gallop-out, and much, much more! Each clip reviews and explains the particular trip scenario, along with the corresponding running line in the past performance.  This is the one DVD no serious handicapper should be without.

Topics Include:

Good Trips (Bad Bets Next Time)
Hedge-hugging pocket trip
Loose on the lead
Let the duelers do the dirty work
The shortest distance between two points is a rail trip

Bad Trips (Good Bets Next Time)
Wide off slow pace
Won the duel, lost the war
Off slow, rushed
Rated  into submission
The obvious trouble and why it’s a trap
Shuffled Out
Between rivals, and in-and-among them
Closer in a no-pace race
Head-on replays and the start
Ground loss in multi-turn races
When good trips go bad
Last on the rail

Changing Leads
The importance of changing leads
How to spot a lead change
Why horses don’t change
Why horses change back to their wrong lead

Drifting, lugging and bearing out
Washed out
Put to whip early
Hard-ridden from gate
Flashing of the tail
Inexperienced and green runners
Poor movers

The Extraordinary
Spotting a star in the making
Rapid acceleration

The Gallop-out
The proper gallop-out
Gallop-outs: Good and Bad

Features Analysis of 74 Race Replays from:
Aqueduct Racetrack
Arlington Park
Belmont Park
Calder Race Course
Churchill Downs
Colonial Downs
Delaware Park
Fair Grounds
Gulfstream Park
Hollywood Park
Santa Anita Park
Woodbine Racetrack