View Full Version : Review: Pandy's Power Pace

Dave Schwartz
09-10-2016, 11:56 AM
Pandy was kind enough to send me a copy of his book to review.

I must begin by saying that it is difficult for authors to get very many stars from me because:

I am a systematic player and seat-of-the-pants handicapping is just not my style.
Books without stats to back up concepts are downgraded.
If an idea intrigues me, I will find a way to apply and test it.

So, the review bar is high.

HOWEVER... I also understand that my outlook on handicapping books and materials is not the same as everyone else.

The things that drive my reviews are:

Will the book help the reader?
What type/level of reader will benefit most?
Is the book easily understandable?
Is there any single thing I (personally) can take from the book?


What it is
The primary concept in Power Pace is a way to adjust two key ratings -early speed and late speed - to provide you with a better, more reality-based approach to pace handicapping.

To be clear, these would be the
*Early Pace Rating - (commonly called EP) rating to the 2nd call.
*Late Pace Rating - the Stretch Run (commonly called SR or F3) - from the 2nd call to the wire.

The examples are all from BRIS reports, but certainly easily adapted for use with other rating systems.

The concept itself was well-described, with plenty of examples. (I had an electronic copy and did find that I was constantly turning back and forth from the graphics to the instructions.)

Does it Work?
I did not, of course, write a system to test this. However, I did take the concepts and adapt them almost instantly into my software, in the shape of some new handicapping objects.

What I did was replace the Pace Objects I have been using recently with several based upon Pandy's Adjustments. Make no mistake - in the book it is the adjustments that make the approach sing.

I can assure you that the concepts are sound.

While the book is clearly written for what I refer to "Table Spread Players" - those who buy reports and spread them out on the table (metaphorically or literally) and come to decisions about the race, I suggest that the numbers-based players can use this - possibly right out of the box - to improve their results.

Of course, most of us won't. We'll tweak it and adapt it to our own way. It is what we do.

Including the built-in taxation that comes with reviews by me - the bar is high, remember? --- I give this book 4 stars.


Well done, Pandy!

Dave Schwartz

09-11-2016, 12:10 AM
Just to let anyone who's interested know, besides the Power Pace Figures, the book has a route spot play method called Speed And Stamina, and also goes into detail on using the Power Pace Figures and ESR (early speed rating) to handicap sprints. Turf is also covered.

09-11-2016, 04:42 PM
As the other I started was shut down in a pissing match . I have at least 5 of Pandys products simply have not purchased this one yet a mere inquiry on what the board members thought chaos and criticism breaks out. I wish Bob much success

09-11-2016, 06:48 PM
The enclosed software doesn't "spit out" winners. It only is an aid to finding horses that can be used in your handicapping of races. I don't agree with his way of choosing pacelines, I won't get into what that is ,but I believe best of last 3 or 4 races is the best way to do that. So to use the system, I changed to best of last 4 instead of what he suggested. His ideas certainly make sense but results in the races I have handicapped, have been mixed. Anyone who likes Pandy's work will not be disappointed, though.