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: https://www.deltadownsracing.com/media/live-racing-and-replays
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.