Slide 1 - Nichols Quarterhorse Report

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           Data     Races     Reports
            TUTORIAL MENU

Use this button on the Opening Screen to go to the Import Data Menu. This Menu
will take you to Track Master's Website to Download Racing Forms, let you pick files
from your C:/NQHR folder and load the Race Card into the Program.




Use this button on the Opening Screen to go to the Handicap Races Menu. This
Menu is where select races and pick running lines for calculations in the reports. You
can also see quick snapshots of the races using different filters.




Use this button on the Opening Screen to go to the Print Reports Menu. This Menu
lets you view and print races. You can also store races in the program to view or print
later. There are a few other options on this menu that will be explained in the tutorial.



  Use this button on the Opening Screen to go to the tutorial located on the NQHR
  website. You must be connected to the internet.
                 IMPORT DATA




This is the Import Data Menu. Go to the next few pages to see a
tutorial on how to use this menu and load files into the program.
                             DOWNLOAD FILES
  The button shown above takes you to Track Master’s Website to download files. The next couple of
screens will guide you through this process. You must be connected to the internet to go to the website.
    Pick TrackMaster Past
                                         Select Track            Select Race Date
     Performances (EXE)




SELECT RACE FILES
                                                               Click Request Download




                Right Click on “Click here to download the file you requested”
                 and select “Save link as” and put this file in your C:\NQHR
                                            Folder.
SAVE RACE FILE
                         NQHR FOLDER




        Click Save, then close folder.
                             PICK RACE FILE
The button shown above takes you to your C:\NQHR Folder. First you select the File you
want to load in the program and double click on the file. After you click on the file the
Security Warning below will pop up, click on “Run”. Close your NQHR folder.
                  LOAD FILE IN PROGRAM
The button shown loads the file into the program. Click on the “LOAD INFO INTO
DATABASE” and click yes for all the pop-ups shown below. Then return to Main Menu.
                   HANDICAP RACES




This is the Handicap Races Menu. Go to the next few pages to see a tutorial on
    how to use this menu to pick running lines view snapshots of the races..
IMPORTANT TERMS AND DEFINITIONS
   This is a good time to associate you with some important terms and
  definitions you will be seeing as you go through the rest of this tutorial.


 NR – “Nichols Quarter Horse Report Rating” – You will see this number often and it is
the most important number in the program. Because of the importance, I am going take a
little time defining it for you. You will use this rating much like you would a Beyer Speed
Figure in thoroughbred racing. The “NR” is design specifically for Quarter Horse Racing and
is a very complex algorithm based many factors unique to Quarter Horse Racing and uses
proprietary par numbers from tracks across the country. A “NR” of 80 at Delta Downs mean
the horse has the ability to run a “NR” of 80 at Los Alamitos or Remington Park. Like with
thoroughbreds some horse like some racing surfaces better than others and may move up or
regress at different tracks. Another very helpful feature of this is that a “NR” of 80 at 350
yards is the same as a “NR” of 80 at 440 yards. This number translate between all distances,
but remember some horses that can run a “NR” of 80 at 300 yards does not have the stamina
to run 440 yard races and may only to be able to run a “NR” of 75 and some horses that
excel at longer races do not break well enough to duplicate their “NR” at shorter distances.
For more on the “NR” and other handicapping advice and ideas please visit the Nichols
Quarter Horse Report Website at www.nqhr2009.com or by using the buttons on the
“Opening Screen” and the “Print Reports” Menu.
IMPORTANT TERMS AND DEFINITIONS
 TIME – This is another unique feature in this program. The time you see in the program
is the time the horse would have run at today’s track and distance. You will notice all the
times in the horse’s running lines are converted and make it easy to compare and gauge how
fast the horse can run at today’s track and distance. The same stipulations I made about the
“NR” concerning tracks and distances apply here as well.

 RACE PARS – Race pars are listed in the race descriptions. One is the “NR” expected to
Win the Race the other the Final Time Expected to win the race. These number are based on
what it would typically take for horses at the class level to win. One note is that some races
have very weak fields for today’s class level and few if any horse have ever run to this level.
You will find this mostly in Maidens and 2 year old races where horses improve quickly.

 C-NR – “Composite NR” - This is rating you will see in reports and it is based on the
computer generated NR (which forecasts, based on a number of factors, the probable NR the
horse will run today) and the racing lines you selected in the race handicapping section.
Although it is not necessary to select you own racing lines, as the “C-NR” will be the
computer generated number, you can make this projection more accurate by your racing line
selections. If you are not comfortable or experienced at selecting racing lines the computer
does a fairly good job of giving you an idea of how fast will your horse run today.

 U-NR – User Generated NR – This calculates the projected “NR” based on the Running
Lines you selected. If you do not select running lines this number will be zero.

U-Time - User Generated Time – This calculates the projected “Time” based on the
Running Lines you selected. If you do not select running lines this number will be zero.
IMPORTANT TERMS AND DEFINITIONS
 BR – “Break Rating” This is a speed figure that focuses on the break for each of the
horses running lines. The higher the break rating the faster the horse broke in that race. Races
in which the horse broke faster than the norm for this race level will be shaded in blue.

 CLA – “Class Rating” This shows you in a glance what level the horse has been
competing. Although speed is the primary factor in betting quarter horses, a drop in class may
give a horse a cleaner trip and increase the chances the horse will break on top and run their
best race. Although class plays a much bigger role in thoroughbreds it is not something to be
overlooked in quarter horse racing.
                      IMPORTANT NOTE

This software is not a “Black Box” were the computer predicts all the winner. The
software can give you information and that very few people have and this give you
a huge edge on the other handicappers. Your success will be based on your
handicapping ability and how you use this information. If you bet all the computer
picks you will lose money. Like thoroughbred handicapping there are many factor
to consider each race, most races are unique and in most races the top horses are
very close in ability. Another factor that can give you an edge is to understand the
difference between Quarter Horse and Thoroughbred Handicapping. My website
can help you in understanding these difference and make you a better Quarter
Horse Handicapper.

There is a book on Quarter Horse Racing I recommend “Fast Horses Fast Money”
written by a top quarter horse handicapper and researcher Steve Sharp that can
be found at this website: www.fasthorsesfastmoney.com. We differ in some ways
as my strategy and software revolves around this software’s NR. I am not
affiliated with Mr. Sharp or this book in any way. I bought the book like anyone
else and am a better handicapper for reading the book.
              SELECT RACE TO HANDICAP
 Step 1: Click this                                     Step 2: After you
down button and a                                     select the race click
drop-down box will                                     on the “Pick Race”
appear. Select the                                   button and it will send
 race you want to                                    you to the form below.
    handicap.




                            Note: The program does not calculate
                          some race distances or tracks due to lack
                           of reliable data and the NR will be zero.
                           Do not use these as your running lines.
 When you Finish Picking
Racing Lines for Calculation
 click this button to select
          next race.

                    Race Date



                   Today’s Track


                   Race Number

                   Race Distance



                   Class of Race



                  Claiming Price

                  Age Restriction

                   Time of Race
                                    HANDICAP SCREEN




                  Projected Time

                   Projected NR
                   HANDICAP SCREEN



Race Number
   Race Distance                           Race Line NR
                                   Converted Time
       Saddle Cloth Number
                                   User Check Box
               Horse’s Name        for Calculations*
                        Days From Last Race
                                Date of Last Race
                                       Last Track / Race
                                            Race Line Distance
                                                 Race Line Age and Restrictions
 * Check the User Check Box to use
                                                       Claiming Amount and Purse
   this running line for C-NR on the
Report and to Calculate U-NR and U-                          Race Line Finish
  Time. Check the running line you
      want to use for each horse.
RACE SNAPSHOT FILTERS




Click this button to Review / Print the top 25 “NR” for the
 race selected. No days from last race or distance filters.
    Click this button to Review / Print the top 25 fastest
 converted times for the last 180 days. No distance filter.
  Click this button to Review / Print the top 25 “NR” for
         distance +/- 100 yards in the last 180 days.
Click this button to Review / Print the top 25 “NR” the last
                180 days . No distance Filters.
  Click this button to Review / Print the top 25 “NR” for
   races at today’s track. No days from last race filters.

             After you select one of the snapshot buttons a pop up
              will ask you to enter a race. Enter the number of the
                       race you would like to review / print.
             See a Sample Snapshot Filter on the next Screen.
                             SNAPSHOT DETAILS I

Saddle Cloth Number
      Horse’s Name
                  Today’s Morning Line
                          Running Line Race Date
                                         Days from Race
                                    Running Line Track / Race
                                           Running Line Distance
                                                  Running Line Track Condition / Wind Direction
                                                          Running Line Age and Restrictions
                                                                   Running Line Race Class
                                                                      NR Class Rating for that Race
             SNAPSHOT DETAILS II



User Selected Running Line Marker
               Running Line NR
             Running Line Converted Time
                               Running Line First Call
                                     Running Line Finish
                                            Running Line Odds
                                            Running Line Post Position
                                                 Running Line Entrants
                       PRINT REPORTS




 This is the Print Reports Menu. Go to the next few pages to see a tutorial on how
to use this menu to Print / View Past performances, Save Races and Delete Files.
PRINT / VIEW PAST PERFORMANCES
   WITH FAIR ODDS INCLUDED
           Click the “COMPUTE FAIR ODDS” button and the
            software will generate fair betting odds for each
            horse. This will make it easier to spot overlays.
            NOTE: Odds for 2yo and MDN races are not
                      reliable due to limited data.
         You will need to press “Yes” several times during this process.


         This button sends you to print Preview where you
           can review are print all Quarter Horse Races.


          This button sends you to print Preview Races.
         Maiden, races above 550 yards and Two Year Old
                        Races are Filtered.


         This button sends you to print Preview where you
            can see a one page summary of all races.

           FAIR ODDS ARE LOCATED NEXT TO THE
         MORNING LINE IN THE PAST PERFORMANCES
  PRINT / VIEW PAST PERFORMANCES

                       This button sends you to print Preview where you
                         can review are print all Quarter Horse Races.


                        This button sends you to print Preview Races.
                       Maiden, races above 550 yards and Two Year Old
                                      Races are Filtered.


                       This button sends you to print Preview where you
                          can see a one page summary of all races.




On the next couple pages there is a sample past performance report and program.
 Many of the items on the report have been covered in other tutorials, so I will not
 label these again. By now you should be familiar with most the terminology, I will
               go over a few things not covered so far in this tutorial.
                                                                                                             Post Position
                                                                                                          Saddle Cloth Number
                                                                                                           State of Breeding
                                                                                                              Sire’s Name
                                                                                                              Dam’s Sire




                                                                                                           Date of Last Claim




    Composite NR
  User Selected NR
                                                                                                           Morning Line Odds




User Selection Marker
                                                                                                              Horse’s Color
                                                                                                              Horse’s Age




                                                                                                              Horse’s Sex
                                                                                                             Jockey Number
                                                                                                                 Jockey
                                                                                                                                        Purse




                                                                                                                 Trainer
                                                                                                                                    Projected NR




                                                                                                           Jockey Record L-30
                                                                                                                                 Projected Race Time




                                                                                                           Trainer Record L-30
       User Selected Time
                                                                                                                                                       SAMPLE PAST PERFORMANCES




                            The above is a Summary of the Horse’s Running Lines in Different Categories




                                                                                                            Record at Track

                                                                                                             Overall Record
                                                                                                           Earnings in 1000;s
                                                                                                   Racing Line Date



                                                                                                  Days from Last Race

                                                                                                      Track / Race


                                                                                                  Racing Line Distance

                                                                                                     Surface / Wind

                                                                                                    Age Restrictions




                                           today’s class level.
                                                                                      Fair odds
                                                                                                    Race Conditions




                                 Class Rating in bold type flags races in
                                 which the horse ran in race at or above
                                                                                                   Race Class Rating


                                                                                                       N-Rating


                                                                                                    Adjusted Time

                                                                                                     Break-Rating
                                                                                                      Gate Break

                                                                                                       First Call


                                                                                                        Finish



                                                                                                  Winner or 2nd if Won



                                                                                                    Race Comments
                                                                                                                         SAMPLE PAST PERFORMANCES




“*” Race at or above Par Level
                                              compete for the lead in today’s race.
                                             where the horse broke well enough to
                                             Break Rating Shaded Blue flags races




                                                                                                   Odds Last Race
                                                                                                    Post Position
                                                                                                   Starts Last Race

                                                                                                         Jockey Code
                        SAMPLE PROGRAM




Horse’s Last Race Running Line




                                 Use this Bar to Move Between pages
OTHER BUTTONS ON THE REPORTS PAGE

             This button let you export raw data from the
                 software into an excel spread sheet.


           This button takes you to the NQHR Website. You
                  must be connected to the internet.



           This button give you a list of the Jockey codes.
NICHOLS QUARTERHORSE REPORT WEBSITE




   Now that you have finished this tutorial, I would like to invite you to visit our website.
 (www.nqhr2009.com There are articles, handicapping ideas, a Quarter Horse Forum and
links to QH Tracks and other interesting sites. There are not many place for Quarter Horse
Handicappers to sit back, relax and share ideas. Please join us and share you ideas on the
                                software and handicapping.

				
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