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EXPERIMENTAL FREE HANDICAP

Posted by on 2/3/2014 8:38:41 PM

The Jockey Club first published the Experimental Free Handicap over 80 years ago and it has been compiled annually since 1935. It is a hypothetical race for 2-year-olds at a mile and a sixteenth on dirt and runners that have finished in the top 4 in a Graded or listed race is eligible to be evaluated.

Walter Vosburgh ranked the first Free Handicap and John Campbell, his successor at The Jockey Club, took over for him. Campbell is known for his weighting of the 1944 Carter Handicap in which through his assigned weights, Brownie, Wait a Bit and Bossuet finished in a triple dead-heat.

For online sports betting site players, this Experimental exercise is just another thing to gauge the performances of juveniles in 2013 and to help them project their form this year.

The top assigned weight of 126 has been the standard, but there have been exceptions. Triple Crown winner Count Fleet was given 132 pounds and the great Secretariat was given 128.

Several individuals and now a group of people have been tasked with the weight assignments and some would go strictly by the 2-year-old form and others with use the assignments as a predictor of sophomore form.

Here are some of the more interesting assessments for 2013.

New Year???s Day, who won the Breeders??? Cup Juvenile, was assigned top weight of 126. Unfortunately fans will not see him race again as he has already been retired. Havana, who ran second in the BC Juvenile, was given 125 along with Shared Belief.

Unbeaten Shared Belief was honored with the Eclipse Award as the top juvenile.

Honor Code is next on the list. This horse can run. The son of A.P. Indy handled slop in his racing debut, was hung 8 wide in his next start and fell a neck short of winning the Grade 1 Champagne and won the Remsen by a nose in his 2013 closer.

That Remsen win was validated when the second runner in that race, Cairo Prince, won the Holy Bull at Gulfstream with a 95 Beyer Speed Figure.

The first European-based runner to be weighted was Outstrip, who is 3 for 5 in his career and has won over $700,000.

This runner overcame trouble in this debut to win going away, lost his second race by a neck, took a Group 2 at Doncaster in his third effort with a 114 Racing Post Rating and eventually won his stateside debut in the Breeders??? Cup Juvenile Turf with a 93 Beyer.

Given 122, a pound less than Outstrip, is Giovanni Boldini, an Aidan O???Brien student that has won 2 of his 4 starts and followed Outstrip home BC Day.

The final runner to be given at least 120 pounds is Strong Mandate. This runner has speed but there are stamina issues looking ahead to the Classic distances. He has never won beyond 7 furlongs and he stopped after three quarters of a mile in the BC Juvenile.

Unless this guy matures with some stoutness, he could have a tough time on the Triple Crown Trail this year.

As indicated, these weights are a gauge, but online sports betting site players can project future experiences by looking deep into the form and pedigrees.


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