Hor$ense for Windows Professional
Building upon the successes of the previous versions of Hor$ense (available continuously since 1989), Hor$ense for Windows Professional (Version 7) goes beyond anything that you have seen in a Hor$ense product. This latest version will, WITHOUT A DOUBT, continue to be a powerful and valuable handicapping tool. Take some time to look at all that Hor$ense for Windows Professional has to offer, and I’m sure that you will agree that it is still the PRICE-PERFORMANCE LEADER in handicapping software!!!
Throughout this page, look for the text highlighted in green to see what’s been added or enhanced in Version 7.
Handicapping involves complex and multi-faceted variables, and Hor$ense evaluates and analyzes the most controllable of these facets. What sets Hor$ense apart from the competition is that it uses a combination of advanced data evaluation and analysis formulas and the exclusive Hor$marts (advanced Artificial Intelligence) “engine” to give you unparalleled results. Hor$marts actually “thinks” about the data you enter, and then adjusts it by blending proven heuristics (“common sense” and “rule-of-thumb” methods) to fine tune the available data. You can actively participate in the Hor$marts process OR you can use the Auto-Set feature to do all of the “thinking” for you. As an added feature, you can control the Auto-Set feature for each facet. This is just one example of the POWER of Hor$ense!!!
Another example is the speed at which Hor$ense operates. You can choose from three different data file formats from BRIS (standard single-file comma-delimited, A-Odds/HAT and MultiCaps) and one from TrackMaster, you can handicap a race in as little as TWO minutes per race! This breakthrough allows you to completely handicap ALL of the races on a card in less than TWENTY minutes! Just imagine all the time you will save... time that you could use for any number of different things... and not all of them related to handicapping. This beats the endless hours spent using outdated and inferior methods!
One last example is the flexibility Hor$ense offers in the area of user customization. In addition to the enhanced system setup (now called Hor$etup), and the more powerful facet profiles (called Hor$essions) that now include threshold assignments, you can build pre-race screening profiles (called Hor$trategies). This combination of setup features gives you ABSOLUTE control of your handicapping environment, by letting you perform handicapping at infinite levels… from “out-of-the-box” hands-off handicapping to changing the various settings to actively participate in every evaluation and analysis option offered!!!
The success of Hor$ense comes from the fact that it is designed as a selective handicapping program, using a proven and accurate pre-race screening process to decide whether the race is worth handicapping. It does this by working behind-the-scenes with:  the date of the race,  the track abbreviation (used for class),  the surface type and condition of the racing surface,  the race distance,  the type and value of the race (stakes, allowance, claiming, maiden, and so on), and  the age and sex conditions. Also in the background, Hor$ense analyzes a series of past performance related questions regarding the number of horses that have:  recent form at any track,  recent form on the same surface at any track,  a race at or beyond the distance on the same surface at any track, and  recent form at the track where the race is being run. The results of this analysis will appear on a screen – interpreted in both words and numbers – and a “pass or play” recommendation.
On any given race card, the "pass or play" recommendation will select an average of two to four races for handicapping. You can still handicap "unplayable" races, but your chances for success dramatically decrease with those kind of races. If you create and then use a more restrictive or less restrictive Hor$trategy, you will get less or more races (respectively) flagged as “playable”. Of those initially selected races, it is possible that the results of the evaluation and analysis will steer you clear of one or more of the previously “playable” races. Besides, if you’re in the game for the long run, it’s better to walk away from a bad race than it is to throw bad money at it. Of course, Hor$ense NEVER forces you into a “pass or play” decision… it lets you make your own grown-up choices.
Let’s go step-by-step through the Hor$ense process for a race:
· Download a race from BRIS, TSN or TrackMaster (this is done outside of Hor$ense), and place it in the proper folder for Hor$ense to find it (only do this once per card per day)
· Extract the race card from the downloaded file OR select another race from an already extracted card (where you can make surface changes)
· Hor$ense displays all of the horses in the field, where you can make any necessary scratches or jockey/trainer changes
· Review the default Hor$trategy and decide if you want to change it or accept the default
· Review the Pre-Race Screening advice to decide if you want to PASS or “PLAY” the race
· Review the default Hor$ession (including the possible threshold settings) and decide if you want to change it or accept the default
· In some cases, you will offered the chance to print out a mock “form”, which is used during the next step
· Evaluate the individual horses, based on your Hor$ession selections (or Hor$ense will do this if you are in the “Fully Automated” mode)
· Decide where you want to send the output: the default printer or a pre-determined MS Word file
· After horse evaluations are completed, review the Race Summary screen (where you can save the race OR create an “expert’s” odds line)
· Review the individual facet analyses and the enhanced Summary Analysis (called Hor$elections), where you can also take an in-depth look at individual horse analysis and use the improved money management tool
· Review the Hor$ense Final Check (and the results may steer you clear of a “data poor” race), where you have the opportunity to stay within the handicapping results and change the facet parameters
It’s actually WAY easier than it looks. Once you settle on the methods you want to use to handicap, most of what you see happens in an instant. If you are in the “Fully Automated” mode, the horse evaluations are completed in a matter of SECONDS!!! In the “Interactive” mode, the horse evaluations typically take less than one minute per horse… and often much less than that. The amount of time for the race analysis depends entirely on you, and it can take as little is ten seconds or as long as ten minutes. We’ve covered all we can at a higher level, and now it’s time to get into the details…
You're ready to look at the facets that Hor$ense uses to handicap races...
SPEED - Converting times from past performances (PPs) is a critical aspect of thoroughbred handicapping. There are many instances where you are dealing with different distances, sometimes from different tracks. Calculations can be made for any race at any track in North America. Here's a list of major Hor$ense SPEED features:
· Estimates first call, second call and final times for any PP between 5 furlongs and 1 1/4 miles, including "about" distances.
· Estimates fractional and final times using velocity based (feet per second) formulas.
· Fractional and final times are adjusted for sprints and routes, turf and main track races.
· Estimates PP's from your track... adjusts for "shippers" too.
· Estimates the final 1/8 of a mile... at all distances.
· Uses the “DRF” Speed Rating & Track Variant (from BRIS or TrackMaster) or data provider specific Speed Figures (from BRIS, TSN or TrackMaster).
· Estimates route times from sprint races (using a special "fatigue" factor for greater precision), and sprint times from route races.
· Uses over 100 accurate trouble calls, based on the trouble location and track size. You can even estimate your own trouble.
· Jockey weights can be factored into the final calculations.
· Estimates the predicted order of finish, based on each horse's final time.
· If the estimated final time or last 1/8 mile looks suspect, Hor$marts will ask you about horse's ability to run as fast as the estimate (this happens without your intervention when the Auto-Set feature is turned on for this facet). This powerful tool allows you to adjust SPEED estimates.
FINISH - Estimating a horse's final position is not as easy as it looks. Using Hor$ense, you can:
· Estimate the final position for distances between 5 furlongs and 1 1/4 miles.
· Estimate route finishes from sprint PP's, and sprint finishes from route PP's.
· Compare the estimates for each horse against one another.
· If the estimated final position looks suspicious, Hor$marts will ask you to supply some insight into the horse's ability to run as good as the estimate (this happens without your intervention when the Auto-Set feature is turned on for this facet). This helps you "fine tune" FINISH estimates.
PACE - When selecting the FINISH option, Hor$ense will analyze pace lines by:
· Estimating the first call and second call positions.
· Estimating the BEST pace, based on the PP that provides the top finish estimate.
· Adjusting the figures for field size differences.
· Adjusting route positions from sprint PP's, and sprint positions from route PP's.
· Estimating the most likely REAL pace, based on the pace lines for the entire field.
· Comparing the BEST pace to the REAL pace for each horse.
· If SPEED is also selected, you can choose how to select SPEED and FINISH data. You have the option of basing the data you save on: the finish associated with the fastest time, the time tied to the best finish, or a combination of the best finish and fastest time (regardless of which PP's they come from).
· Pace points out the best-positioned horses in each race.
TRIP - When using SPEED, FINISH and PACE, Hor$ense estimates the most likely trip by:
· Estimating the SPEED-based first and second call position for each horse.
· Comparing the BEST and REAL pace lines to the SPEED pace line for each horse, and assigning values to the comparisons.
· Selecting the proper ratio of importance for the first call versus the second call, with defaults always provided.
· Trip analysis evaluates each horse's ability to get into a position to run its best race.
CURRENT CLASS - Based on the most recent competition level for a horse, this useful option:
· Uses the most current available racetrack purse information for estimating. These track class values are updated every year.
· Calculates accurately for over 150 tracks worldwide.
· Compares the PP class level to the current race class level, and calculate a class rating difference.
· Evaluates the relationship between CURRENT CLASS and FINISH... only if the FINISH option is also selected.
· If the current class of a PP is more than a "double jump" higher or lower than today's race, Hor$marts will ask you to help adjust the PP's class (this happens without your intervention when the Auto-Set feature is turned on for this facet).
PAST CLASS - Using the horse's "record box" data, you can estimate a past class level of competition by:
· Choosing class data for the current year, past year, overall turf record, overall dirt record, and so on.
· Calculating values by dividing the weighted number of first through fifth place finishes by the amount of money won.
· If the past class is more than a "double jump" higher or lower than today's race, Hor$marts will assist you in properly adjusting the past class (this happens without your intervention when the Auto-Set feature is turned on for this facet).
IN-MONEY Ratio - Based on the percentage of times a horse finishes in the money, you can:
· Produce an accurate ratio by dividing the weighted number of first through third place finishes by the number of races run.
· Choose to analyze in-money ratios using WIN, WIN/PLACE, or WIN/PLACE/SHOW finishes for each horse.
· Automatically adjust for horses that have too few races to be used in "normal" analysis.
· Hor$marts will start up if this ratio is unusually high or low, and your input will automatically make the proper adjustments (this happens without your intervention when the Auto-Set feature is turned on for this facet).
JOCKEY Rating - Calculations determine the rating for the jockey of any horse you are handicapping by:
· Dividing the weighted number of first through third place finishes by the number of races run by the jockey of a horse.
· Choosing to analyze in-money ratios for WIN, WIN/PLACE, or WIN/PLACE/SHOW finishes for each jockey.
· If the jockey rating is abnormally low or high, Hor$marts will ask for input that adjusts this rating (this happens without your intervention when the Auto-Set feature is turned on for this facet).
TRAINER Rating - Using available data, estimates are made for any horse's trainer for any horse by:
· Dividing the weighted number of first through third place finishes by the number of races saddled by the trainer of a horse.
· Choosing to analyze in-money ratios for WIN, WIN/PLACE, or WIN/PLACE/SHOW finishes for each trainer.
· If the trainer rating is unusually high or low, Hor$marts will adjust this rating by asking for more data (this happens without your intervention when the Auto-Set feature is turned on for this facet).
WORKOUTS - Analyze any workout under any conditions, based on:
· Workout times and "days away/between" patterns.
· Handily, breezing or driving workout styles.
· Other features: track condition ("wet" vs. "dry"), "dogs" up, and gate workouts.
· Weighting factors that create a "value" for one or more workouts.
· If Hor$ense notices that a workout or series or workouts are too high or low, Hor$marts will ask you about the "rituals" of the trainer, and adjust the workout score accordingly (this happens without your intervention when the Auto-Set feature is turned on for this facet).
Each of the above facets have their own analysis screen, and this is just the beginning of the analysis process!!!
Hor$ense Selection - While the individual facet calculations can be powerful tools by themselves, proper overall evaluation of each of these facets requires an accurate method of decision making. The tool for this is the Hor$ense Selection. It's based on the conditions of the race and the amount of data you enter for a race. Here are the outstanding features of this powerful tool:
· Numeric values are assigned to any combination of the above handicapping facet calculations for the horses.
· Scores are translated into point ratios, success scores and mock odds for every horse in every race.
· The morning line and a “tout” (expert) line is also shown; “tout” line requires previous data input.
· Final results can be viewed as RAW and WEIGHTED scores.
· An easy-to-read BAR GRAPH option is available. Two TABLE formats – “by value” and “by rank” – are also available.
· Individual “DIG DEEP” horse analysis, which converts the data to words that everyone can understand!
· Individual money management analysis
Other Hor$ense highlights include:
· A DATE controlled system suggests when to use (or skip) PP's and workouts.
· An ODDS Estimator that uses actual pari-mutuel wagering formulas!
· An improved MONEY Management system that helps you control your money!
· Handicapping facet selection defaults are based on race conditions for each individual race.
· The ability to enter scratches, jockey/trainer changes and jockey weight changes.
· Enhanced on-screen HELP, replacing those cumbersome – and sometimes unreadable – user manuals.
THERE IS NO BETTER TOOL AVAILABLE... AT ANY PRICE!!!
What I say to you now has been true since the first version of Hor$ense. You might find handicapping software for the price of Hor$ense, and you might find handicapping software having the same features as Hor$ense… but you WILL NOT find handicapping software with the same features for anywhere near the price of Hor$ense.
Find out TODAY how good Hor$ense for Windows Professional really is!!!
Hor$ense is STILL the PRICE-PERFORMANCE LEADER!!!