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Horse Racing Wagering System:
The Food Payers Of Horse Racing
Beginner's Luck At The Racetrack
Backward Is Forward In Racing Systems
The Good Old Summer Time At The Track
Came The Rains - And Disaster At The Racetrack
Cheap Horses Are Expensive
Females Are Unreliable In Horse Racing
The Long Trail Of Horse Racing
When Is The Trainer Trying With His Horses
Three Old Reliable Horses
More Horse Racing Tips
( Originally Published mid 1950's )
Monkeying with females in the equine world can be just as disastrous as with the two-legged variety. They are flighty, unreliable and almost always a dangerous proposition.
However, there is an exception to every rule, and when a consistent filly rounds to form in the early fall, she is likely to win several races in succession. Further more, she may pay juicy odds each time, because an improving animal of this type seems to be able to move up in class with the greatest of ease.
The writer has been able to find a few fillies that will run to form by requiring them to be highly consistent from the standpoint of the average amount of purse money they have won throughout the year.
The total amount of purse money won by each horse during the present year and also during the previous year is given by the racing paper in a table just above each horse's past performance, at the extreme right.
As explained earlier, the average amount of purse money won by a horse per start is obtained by dividing the number of starts into the total for the year. Thus if a horse has accumulated a total of $5,000 in 10 starts this year, it will have averaged $500 per start. For females, the formula outlined in this book requires them to have averaged at least $500 per start, with a few rare exceptions.
In the case of equines, the female may well be called the weaker of the species, because they have a tendency to throw in the sponge when challenged by a male. This may be because the filly is nervous or it may be because she lacks the stamina of the male in the stretch drive. It is a matter of record that only one filly, Regret, ever won the Kentucky Derby, the annual classic for three-year-olds at Churchill Downs.
Females also appear to dislike carrying more weight than usual. They receive weight allowances, but the more races they win, the more weight they have to carry in their next start. There used to be a champion female equine named Princess Doreen many years ago. Because of her stamina and consistency, she was called "The Iron Mare," but the likes of the Princess are few and far between.
Three-year-old fillies are the worst of the lot, from the standpoints of flightiness and inconsistency. Many a race-goer has seen one of these in-and-outers win a race easily, only to fail miserably against the same kind of company a few days later. Three-year-old fillies seem to quit more often than their elder sisters and also appear to have an even greater aversion to extra weight.
In the female department, we will avoid two-year-old fillies entirely, and we generally will pass up other females unless they are extremely consistent.
A filly becomes a mare once she attains the age of five years.
For the benefit of the beginner, the age and sex of each steed are given by the racing paper in bold-faced type at the top of the past performance, in the middle. For instance, "f.4" signifies a four-year-old filly, and "m.5" means a five-year-old mare.