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  • Thoroughbred Horse Racing at Santa Anita Park

    We view the Primary Handicapping Factors as those directly related to the ability of a thoroughbred race horse.

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    Thoroughbred Class

    "Show me the man who can class horses correctly and I will show you the man who can win all the money he wants, and he only needs a dollar to start"

    Pittsburgh Phil

    Time has shown it to be one of the greatest truths ever uttered about horse racing.  Class, that intangible thing that defies definition, controls almost positively the running of thoroughbreds..!  Class enables one horse to beat another no matter what the physical odds imposed may be, what the conditions or what the distance.  You may say it is that which enables a pit bull terrier to whip a big dog of another breed.  Hard to define, but everybody sees it, when it's there.

    MAXIMS AND METHODS OF PITTSBURGH PHIL

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    The Racing Condition and Current Form of a Thoroughbred

     

    "Horses are the same as human beings where condition is the test of superiority.  Winners repeat frequently while the defeated are apt to be defeated almost continuously.  Condition has more to do with a horse winning or losing a race than the weight it carries.  A horse in poor condition cannot beat one of his own class.  A high class horse could not win a race with a feather on his back if he is not in condition.  It is as well to play horses that are in winning form.  A horse in winning condition generally repeats or runs into the money.  Different tracks cause decided changes in form frequently.  Study horses' whims and fancies for certain tracks and you will see a good lay; but a high class horse will do his best on any track."

    Pittsburgh Phil