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START Link to Online Tutorial Go to Go to Go to Version Exit Import Handicap Print Number Program 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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