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Old 04-10-2011, 04:55 PM   #1
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Randy Giles' Interview thread

This is where the interview will be conducted with Randy on his book Extreme Pace Handicapping.

There is a Question thread opened to take your questions for Randy. Please place your questions and comments in that thread and not the interview thread. The Interview thread is only for Randy and me to post in. I will pull questions for the interview from the Question thread only. Any mistakenly placed questions in the Interview thread will be deleted and not answered.

Thanks in advance for your cooperation.
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This is not your father's handicapping

Extreme Pace Handicapping – If You Doodle It, They Will Come

Randy Giles in his book Extreme Pace Handicapping brings something new to handicapping – the doodle. This is not your father's handicapping! Catch the interview tonight April 11 here in this thread with the author.
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Old 04-11-2011, 05:00 PM   #3
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Book review of Extreme Pace Handicapping by Randy Giles

Extreme Pace Handicapping – If You Doodle It, They Will Come

Randy Giles in his book Extreme Pace Handicapping brings something new to handicapping – the doodle. A doodle is a picture of the herd in motion at the first call, using each horse’s running style along with Quirin Speed Points. Here’s a made up example:

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Par 108 (PPG 27x2) – Late (Early speed is expected to collapse)

.... 1A)E7x .... 7)EP5 .... 6)P2x .... 8)PC3x .... 2)Cx

.... 10)E5 ..... 1)EP4x ... ....... ..... 3)PC ....

.... .......... ..... 5)EP5....

.... .......... ..... 9)EP4x ....

.... .......... ..... 4)EP0x

.... .......... ..... 11)EP5

'x' does not meet Speed Rating par -- (Beyer or BRIS like Speed figures)

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In the above diagram, #3 is the pick. All the early horses are doomed to run themselves out in the early chase for the lead. The Presser (P) #6 or the Presser/Closer (PC) #8 do not meet the minimum speed par, so they are skipped over.

A presser/closer’s running style has been added to the four basic running styles (E, EP, P, S). A presser/closer is the opposite of the EP style horse who runs on the lead. PC horses come on from behind when the front end collapses. Presser/closers are like their name implies. They may press or close. EP and PC are considered talented because they have demonstrated that they can adjust their styles to fit the race.

Mr. Giles identifies Extreme Pace characters or patterns found in the doodles. There are four major characters classified—The Thief, the Clever Thief, the Loner, and the Carpetbagger. The Thief, for example, is one that most of us already know. The Thief is the lone early horse who could steal the race from what might be considered better horses. The idea is to quickly doodle races skipping over races without an identifiable character. Once a character is found, it has the potential to be a value play. This is ideal for today’s simulcast player.

After an Extreme Pace character is identified, the Pace Pressure Gauge (PPG) is used to determine if the race is going to go to the early pace horses or go to the come from behind horses. If a presser is being considered, his Pace Comfort Zone (PCZ) will help determine if he could catch the field and win.

The Extreme Pace Handicapping is a simple and straight forward handicapping method, but it does require some practice. There are many examples to practice on. Yet, it is a difficult read and not recommended for the novice handicapper. For the intermediate or advanced handicapper who voyages through the book, they will have to deal with a major paradigm shift from handicapping horses to handicapping the herd. This mind shift is no small feat, but it is worth the effort. Randy has an excellent speed rating par that weeds out the contenders from the pretenders but the details of his par are not shared in the book. However, Randy will answer any of your questions.

William Quirin in his book Winning at the Races quantified the advantage of early verse late pace horses over thirty years ago. Howard Sartin with his disciples ordained that Pace Makes the Race in the book with that same title. The pace boys later appear to have split up. One major group studied energy distribution verse others who stayed with running styles, or adjusted final times with the second call or the second fraction added in. As impressive as some of the results of pace methods of the past were, they really only redefined speed. The problem with most handicapping systems is they figure a race as if the horses are going to run like Olympic runners and stay in their own designated lanes. This doesn’t happen. A race is a battle for position. The doodle gives the picture of the probable battle each horse will have to contend with as the race unfolds.

Mr. Giles extrapolates from the doodle into his Optimal Pace Model added as a bonus chapter at the end of the book. The pace model matches energy distribution with running styles and race makeup. This will be beyond most readers. Maybe this is an attempt to analyze a race beyond the doodle.

It is a struggle to integrate one’s own true and tested handicapping methods with the doodle. But this should be expected with the paradigm shift toward analyzing the herd. Nonetheless, every intermediate and advanced handicapper should expand their horizons by taking a look at Extreme Pace Handicapping to get acquainted with the doodle and its cast of Extreme Pace characters.

Randy has been more than happy to reply to any questions. Send him a PM here at PaceAdvantage or contact him at his website www.paceappraiser.com.
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Hello Randy, Say hi when you get here.
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Hi

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Hi Randy, We'll start at 7:00 PM sharp. Are you in New Jersey?
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No, Believe it or not I'm in Tennessee, just down the road from KY.
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I would like to start off by thanking PaceAdvantage for hosting our interview. Thanks in advance to Randy for taking the time and making the effort for this interview to happen. And a special thanks to my partners behind the scene Turfway Ed and CincyHorseplayer.

Randy, it was the doodle that captured me with your method, and it is why I asked you to interview.

How long have you been doodling? How did you come across the idea to create pictures of possible pace scenarios within
the doodle?
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I started doodling around 1992. I was making my own running styles and got involved with Quirin speed points. It made a huge difference in my bottom line so it started from there.
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Would you highlight your method with bullets? I'll start the first few bullets:


* Figure each horses running style style.

* Figure, or find within the past performances lines, Quirin Speed Points for each horse.

* Doodle the pace picture for today's race.

* Determine the minimum par time for today's field, and mark which horses can go the par.

I'll let you finish it from here.
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Everyone,

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Well, I don't use par final times. I use a thing I call competitive speed figure range. I just want to know if a horse is fast enough to compete in today's race. So the first thing I do, and PacePaceAppraiser does it for me now, is to determine the runing styles; then I add the speed points and then place the horses in a pace picture. This way I can clearly see if there's a pace aberration afoot or not, or if a horse will be "working" in a comfortable pace environment, or if the race is just a "mush" race. A mush race has no pace advantage, comfortable or otherwise. A much race is the type of race that you circle your contenders and then play the best odds.
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How does one predict the second call when using pace comfort zone (PCZ) analysis? For example, there's a horse whose PCZ is 3 lengths. How will we determine that 3 lengths might be too much for today's pace but 2.5 lengths is doable?
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The PCZ is really an ability rating. Not all running styles are created equally. For example, an E/P7 that has a pace comfort zone of 1.0 is not as talent as an E/P7 with a PCZ of 4.0. So if tye early part of the pace picture looks like this:

E/P7 - PCZ 0.5
E/P5 - PCZ 0.5
E/P6 - PCZ 1.0
E/P5 - PCZ 3.0

I'm more interested in the last early pace horse with the PCZ 3.0. This horse is much more talented than the other three. I'm considering form or eligibility conditions...just the pace picture. In other words, as the front-end builds we need more talent. The PCZ gives us that information.
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Randy, I'm going to double up on the questions because it takes forever to get a reply through the system. Although I'm sending you multiple questions, please answer them one question to a post. This way we won't be waiting so long because of the network. Thanks

Is your "qualified competitive speed" any different than a minimum speed par? If so, how?

Some Questions from Turfway Ed:

1. Randy, I know you play the simulcasts, but I pretty much play a full card or two.

Question: How many characters (profitable situations) should I expect on average handicapping 1-2 tracks per day??

Question: Do you suggest any shortcuts to doodling 1-2 cards?

Question: Do you automatically choose or ignore any particular races?

2. Record keeping? What do you do after the day's races have run?

3. What is the LE/listed horse? How do you find him and why is he important?

4. How do you deduce the speed figure range and more importantly, how do you use the figures?

Thanks
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