Thursday (2-14-2019) Power Page and PLUS for Santa Anita and Power Page for Gulfstream Par are now ready for download…

Monster Day at Gulfstream Park…

It was hard to know how good a day the JJPP faithful would have using the JJPPs on Wednesday… if they took the “p” and “M” and “V” horses seriously!  Seriously…  It started in the 4th race… The ONLY WET TRACK mark belonged to the eventual winner, All Star Red… then in the 5th, the ONLY WET TRACK Mark a “p” and a “V” on the same horse, ran 2nd paying $17.40 to place, that was Maturin!  Think about how big an ADVANTAGE it is to be the only horse with a MUD MARK on a group of Turfers, being transferred to the WET TRACK.  JUST THINK ABOUT THAT!

Then in the 6th race, there were 4 horses with Ms or Ps, they ran 1,2,3 so with the 4 horse trifecta box in this 7 horse field yielded a $186.20 for a $2.00 wager…  you simply can’t make this up…

Then in the 7th race… we had NO MUD MARKS… but I did place a V on Blue Harbor who won paying $12.80 for the place… not bad…  The 8th was pretty perfunctory with 1 of my 2 “P” horses getting the win… and then to finish off our Run, in the 9th race we had 2 horses with MUD MARKS, and they ran 1,2 for a cold exacta!

I am just saying, that understanding ADVANTAGES still pays in this game better than any bank-note…

Thursday is a M and P type of day, at Gulfstream and Santa Anita…

We are looking at Wet Tracks at both Santa Anita and Gulfstream on Thursday.  Gulfstream might be more likely to turn Good & Harrowed by the end of the card.  Keep in mind, the “Ms” are pointing out Sloppy and Muddy preference, not GOOD preference…  It’s somewhat about figures, it’s somewhat about the horses preferences and seeing into them a little…

 

Stay with the Power Page…

Wednesday’s (2-14-2019) Power Page for Gulfstream Park is now ready for download…

Gulfstream Park – check the weather…

Great card at Gulfstream, but that would only be true if we are fortunate to have the Turf races contested on the Turf.  The Power Page was handicapped for FAST and Good, but there is indication that rain may hit the area.  I have learned well from 21 years of making the JJPP to handicap in these situations for FAST and let you adjust for the WET condition if it occurs…  Now Thursday’s, we will have the advantage of KNOWING MORE about the actual situation…

reprint from 2/10

Goodbye to a legend, a partner and a teacher…

If you were deeply involved in New York horse racing from the 1970’s through 1995, you would likely agree that Richie Schwartz was about the biggest (he as 6′ 6″ and he wasn’t slender)  and almost certainly the best horse player in the game.   On the first day I met Richie, in which I was demonstrating my Speed Figures to him – they were novel at the time – because of the way we did our PACE figures – Richie informed me he wasn’t the best handicapper, but he did bellow out, in a booming voice, “I have the best judgment!”  This past week Richie, just about 78 years old, passed away.

By saying, “I am not the best handicapper”, this allowed others,  who thought they were the best handicapper, to work with and feed ideas to Richie, so he could play the game with his superior judgement.  After spending an enormous amount of time with Richie, over a 2-year period from 1993 through 1994 and a lesser amount of time thereafter, he might well have been the better handicapper, better than everyone else, who knows..  But it simply doesn’t matter, because when it came time to putting his money down, he was the very best player!

In 1993, Richie Schwartz, Arnie F (prefers anonymity), Cary Fotias and myself started a 4 man group of handicappers.  Cary and I were partners in Pace Power Plus, and Riche and Arnie were our two most important clients.  They were as much a part of our business as they could be.   Richie job was to take, the rather raw SPEED FIGURE boys ( Cary and me)  and sharpen us up.  And he did…

Of the 4 who started playing together in 1993 and did so for a fevered 2 year period, I am the only surviving member.

If I could pass along a single idea to you, giving you something to think on, something Richie passed along to me –  it would be to step back from yourself and try to see a bigger field of information and possibilities – don’t overate yourself and your opinion.

One day, in 1997, before I left New York for Las Vegas, Richie gave me a call, which wasn’t that often anymore, it was midday in the middle of the week,  and Richie asked me what I was doing.  I replied, I was looking at the Aqueduct card and “there is a horse I like, I am thinking of playing, but he is only 8/5.”  Richie replied,” Simple, Don’t… let’s talk!”   It proved the right advise.

My personal relationship with Richie was – shall we say different – as I am sure it was with everyone he encountered.  To be the best at anything, has it’s own challenges, I am sure that’s how it was for him.  But I would feel terrible, if I didn’t take some time to talk with you, about him.  For sure, if he had not discovered me – and believe me – he discovered me, not the other way around,  I doubt I would be doing the JJPPs for you now.  I just want him to be remembered and noted in our game – at least here at JJPP.

So to my most important TEACHER, and one time BETTING PARTNER and one time Customer, now that you have crossed the big finish line in life, maybe had your picture taken, it’s time to cool out and have yourself a comfortable place to rest.

PS… Richie was also a world class Bridge Player, something he was enormously proud of…