Radar Horse Review: Strong Start to 2021

Horse Racing Radar
Rich Bieglmeier
Rich Bieglmeier is a Staff writer for Horse Racing Radar
Wednesday, January 13, 2021

Horse racing, as it does every year, slowed during the holiday season and at the beginning of the new year. However, Horse Racing Radar kept up the pace. Despite being able to count the number of tracks running on both hands, usually with a digit or two to spare, we averaged more than one Radar Horse a day since the turn of the new year.

Wall Street has what's known as the January Effect. Put simply, what stocks do in January is a strong indication of what's to come for the entire year. Well, we hope the January Effect has some crossover to horse racing as well.

We pinpointed 18 horses in the first 12 days of 2021 as Radar quality horses. Seven of the 18 horses won for a winning percentage of 39%. Typically, favorites win at roughly 30%. So, anything that outpaces chalk at a better price makes for some happy days at the track, be it in person or computer screen. Our average winner paid a little under $6 and returned a positive return on investment (ROI) of 15.56%. Perhaps, a little Radar ROI could rub off on Wall Street in 2021?

WHY GOD was the top payout, hitting in race 8 at Delta Downs on the 12th. Jockey Timothy Thornton broke eighth of nine in the $7,500 claimer. He patiently rode WHY GOD for the first half mile of the-mile-long race before rallying three-wide to get up at the wire at 5-1 odds, paying $12 to win.  He topped a nice $2 exacta that paid $75.80 and an even nicer $2 trifecta that paid $705.40.

You can watch the race here:

Click on the Replays tab, then date and then race number 8.

Across the board horseplayers fared well last week with Radar Horses as 13 of our 18 selections finished in the money (72.22%). Much like win wagers, show and place bets also produced positive ROIs; albeit lower because of reduced payout. Place bettors has a positive return of 5.83% and show bettors made 1.11%.

While those numbers aren't going to make your socks roll up and down, at 72.22% in the money, Radar Horses were an excellent add to exacta, trifecta and superfecta tickets. For example, DOUBLE PRIORITY finished second at Delta Downs on the 11th behind DUSTY BOY in the fifth race. The tandem paid $78.40 for a $2 exacta. Add in the third-place horse and second favorite HARDTWIST for a $2 trifecta that paid $263.80. The slight favorite, EQEAUXTISM came home fourth with a dime super of $53.39. Remember, Radar Horses aren't just meant to be played to win, they make great picks to KEY with other horses to generate some really nice payouts.

Maybe the January Effect is already in effect as this week is off to a good start as well. BIG TRIP won in blowout fashion in Mahoning Valley's third race on the 13th. We'll have more on BIG TRIP in next week's Radar Horse Review.