How to Bet on a Thoroughbred Race – Class Ratings, Stakes Races, and Photo Finishes
Before you start betting on a horse race, you should know what type of race you are betting on. There are several categories in Thoroughbred racing: Allowance races, Stakes races, and Photo finishes. Understanding the different categories and what each race means will help you make the best decision. There are also several ways to win the horse race.
Classes in Thoroughbred racing
Class ratings can help determine a horse’s potential in a race. The ratings are calculated based on the horse’s past performance. This helps determine whether a horse is capable of competing at a higher level or if it has a tendency to consistently fail. In addition, the class rating is often useful in analyzing a horse’s form and performance.
In general, a horse’s first 10 starts are a good guide to his or her class potential. However, some horses do not begin to show their full talent until 15 or more starts. While this is true, it is unusual for a horse to suddenly elevate to a higher class level without showing any talent at an early age. Most genuine top class horses show signs of their ability from their first few starts.
Stakes races are races where horses are competing for larger prize money. The stakes range in value from $75k to millions of dollars. The prize money varies by race, but the biggest stakes races include the Breeders’ Cup and Saudi Cup. The horses that are eligible to compete in these races are conditioned and handicapped.
The stakes races are a step above allowance races, which feature smaller purses. The horses that win allowance races are usually those that have broken their maiden but are not yet ready to compete in stakes company.
Allowance races are horse races that allow horses to carry less weight. These races are designed for horses that have not yet won a race, but have proven themselves to be competitive. Horses will run one length slower for every additional pound they carry. As a result, these races can be very important.
The weights in allowance races are based on the horse’s age, sex, and previous performance. These races combine many features of claiming races and Allowance races. A horse cannot be claimed in an allowance race if it has already won two races.
A photo finish at a horse race is an image of the finish line, captured from several moments in time. It is an accurate representation of the place the horse crossed the line. This image is also used by the placing judges to distinguish the finish order of the horses. The image is captured using a strip camera with a.00801-inch slit. A technician triggers the moving film to show the exact moment the horses cross the line. The camera is also equipped with a reverse mirror, which allows the viewers to see a horse that is obscured by another.
The first documented photo finish was taken in 1881 in Plainfield, N.J. by official racing association photographer Ernest Marks. The use of cameras continued to evolve throughout the decade. The early 20th century saw the introduction of multiple cameras, which could capture the first four horses in a race. The use of horizontal shutters was common in this time period. This technique allowed the photographer to capture both the inside and outside horses of the race. The outside horse was deemed to be ahead of the pack based on this image.