past performances: 9.1.14

After a short hiatus, Past Performances is back: a chance to take a look back at the week that was, see what I have gotten right in my handicapping, and see what I have gotten ever-so-wrong.  As always, what I got right or wrong may have to do with how I handicapped the race, or it may have to do with how I chose to bet the race.  It may even have to do with the interplay of those two aspects.  No matter what, they’re races I can learn from, and hopefully you can learn from as well.

This edition will be a little different: instead of going into two specific races, it will look into my handicapping experiment of attempting to pick based only on physical appearance.  Today, I went to Arlington without having looked at the card, except for noting the conditions of each race.  I didn’t know the names of the horses, I didn’t know any of the statistics: just distance, class, conditions, and surface.  There were some times that this led me to some very nice finds, and some times when it did not.

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past performances: 8.11.14

Welcome to the latest edition of Past Performances: a chance to take a look back at the week that was, see what I have gotten right in my handicapping, and see what I have gotten ever-so-wrong.  As always, what I got right or wrong may have to do with how I handicapped the race, or it may have to do with how I chose to bet the race.  It may even have to do with the interplay of those two aspects.  No matter what, they’re races I can learn from, and hopefully you can learn from as well.

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past performances: 8.5.14

Welcome to the latest edition of Past Performances: a chance to take a look back at the week that was, see what I have gotten right in my handicapping, and see what I have gotten ever-so-wrong.  As always, what I got right or wrong may have to do with how I handicapped the race, or it may have to do with how I chose to bet the race.  It may even have to do with the interplay of those two aspects.  No matter what, they’re races I can learn from, and hopefully you can learn from as well.

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past performances: 7.27.14

Welcome to the latest edition of Past Performances: a chance to take a look back at the week that was, see what I have gotten right in my handicapping, and see what I have gotten ever-so-wrong.  As always, what I got right or wrong may have to do with how I handicapped the race, or it may have to do with how I chose to bet the race.  It may even have to do with the interplay of those two aspects.  No matter what, they’re races I can learn from, and hopefully you can learn from as well.

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past performances: 7.15.14

Welcome to the latest edition of Past Performances: a chance to take a look back at the week that was, see what I have gotten right in my handicapping, and see what I have gotten ever-so-wrong.  As always, what I got right or wrong may have to do with how I handicapped the race, or it may have to do with how I chose to bet the race.  It may even have to do with the interplay of those two aspects.  No matter what, they’re races I can learn from, and hopefully you can learn from as well.

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past performances: 7.8.14

Welcome to the latest edition of Past Performances: a chance to take a look back at the week that was, see what I have gotten right in my handicapping, and see what I have gotten ever-so-wrong.  As always, what I got right or wrong may have to do with how I handicapped the race, or it may have to do with how I chose to bet the race.  It may even have to do with the interplay of those two aspects.  No matter what, they’re races I can learn from, and hopefully you can learn from as well.

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past performances: 6.30.14

Part of the reason I started Blinkers Off was to become more analytical about my handicapping, and try to learn from the things that I got right and wrong.  This was supposed to happen in two parts: writing about races I handicapped, and writing about the results of those races in light of how I handicapped them.  I am doing a very consistent job on the first part, and writing more picks and analysis than ever.  However, the other side has been lacking.  It has mainly been a time issue: I am spending so much time handicapping and writing about racing that I cannot write full recaps of every single race I handicap.  I am enjoying everything that I have started to do over the last few months, but that is a significant omission.  As much as I may learn and retain from discussing triumphs and tribulations over Twitter or running through them in my head…it’s always better if I write it down.

Thus, Past Performances is born.  This will look at two races per week: one in which I got some aspect very, very right, and one in which I got something very, very wrong.  They may be graded stakes races, lower-level claimers, or anything in between.  It may be slanted a bit toward Arlington and Hawthorne since most of my handicapping is on the local circuit, though there will sometimes be other races as well.  What I got right or wrong may have to do with how I handicapped the race, or it may have to do with how I chose to bet the race.  No matter what, they’re races I can learn from, and hopefully you can learn from as well.

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