Chilling Effect (479 Views)
Posted by: Dana666
Date: September 26, 2020 08:01AM
A lot of the top trainers win % is significantly down this year; perhaps it can be attributed to the pandemic and all the interruptions, but I also wonder if the FBI operation may have had any industry-wide effects?
I won't name any names (because, without proof, I'd be implying they were doing something illegal before), but one big trainer I follow quite closely, quite frankly, is no longer a "super" trainer in my mind, no longer automatic in so many races, where, for the last several years, his horses would be automatic plays. Now he's just a good trainer with top quality stock. The big difference is how said trainer's horses finish--not with the same mind-blowing acceleration at the end of the races.
I've seen a few others follow similar patterns, mostly in NY racing.
It does change the way you bet. Again, might be the pandemic, right? But I will continue to watch this; we might really have to rethink the way we handicap and wager, especially in multi-race exotics.
I wonder if anyone has observed the sheet numbers? Are the horses' performances really slower? Undertaking that kind of analysis is above my pay grade, but I would like to know.
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