Pace

  • 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 Attribute of Speed in a Thoroughbred

    Thoroughbred Speed

    Speed is one of the three elements of Class and that makes the two inseparable.  Speed can be a decisive factor in dirt sprints and uncontested Speed can be a decisive factor at any distance over any surface.  Mind you, Speed is one component of Class, the other two being stamina and will.