Jim Clark was sifting over the data in his DAILY RACING FORM one day a few years ago and an idea came to him.
As he was bouncing from horse to horse, marking down notes on each one: turf-to-dirt, first time Lasix, good workouts, rider change, 3rd start off the layoff, etc. he realized he wanted to try and corral the information and put it into a number.
"Essential numbers for serious horseplayers" is the tagline for In-Form Sheets, a system formulated by Clark that take sinto account 40 variables for every horse racing in each event every racing day.
The horses are ranked in order for each race, the highest number the better, with notations on works, surface etc. included.
"The key to the system is that every horse is analyzed exactly the same way, it is a weighted system. It is a tool and it saves time from the jumping all over the place from horse to horse," said Clark, who has been a horse owner and is an avid fan of the game.
His system is available for purchase through his website now.. www.in-formsheets.com
but he stresses that there are other handicapping processes that should be done in addition to having his sheets.
"Did you know that horses win off a vet scratch for their last race less than 5% of the time?" said Clark. "It's essential to check your scratch board page in the DAILY RACING FORM."
A card is $8.00 or an entire day's selection of cards is $15.00. Most of the top tracks offered at Woodbine and its teletheatres are included.
(One example as I sampled the sheets yesterday was the sizable edge that longshot TENJECTORY had in a race for maidens according to In-Form Sheets. She finished 2nd at 16 to 1 to a favoured entry and the exactor paid $134.00. There were many winners and many possibilities for some nice cashing yesterday)
LAST CALL FOR PLATE PROSPECTS
At least some of them.
SHADOWLESS, MARLANG,PALMERS and NIAGARA THUNDER are in the 9 furlong allowance race today, their last shot to earn a spot in the Queen's Plate on June 22.
The allowance, race 7, is the most interesting race on a good card of racing today at Woodbine.
Carryover in the Pick 7 is up to $25,000.