Big news from handicapping champion John Piesen
For 30 years I beat the races the old fashioned way.
Now I'm making money the new fashioned way.
And I like the new way better
(And so does my wallet)
I am now handicapping with the help of "Clocker Bob," a pseudonym for the sharpest clocker on the New York circuit. For obvious reasons, "Bob" operates on the edge.
On the one side, he is "only" clocking workout times. On the other side of that edge a good clocker is noting everything you need to know about a horse - not just charts, "figs" and form cycles. You do not win a race on paper. You have to be here and now.
If you've seen the Daily Racing Form's clocker Mike Welsch on TV, or read his columns, you know a clocker doesn't just click a stopwatch. He sees the horse in action as an athlete.
If you take that idea and carry it out to the end, you have some idea how thoroughly Clocker Bob has observed and measured everything there is to know about a ready horse. And he clicks his observations into his iPad:
- Click: Is the horse alert and on the muscle?
- Click: Is the horse eager to run without urging?
- Click: Does he need another horse to waken his running instincts - or is he pushing the other guy?
- Click - does he enjoy training?
- Click: does he need urging to get up to speed? Or is his rider straining to hold him back?
- Click: Was he high striding at the end of the drill? Did he gallop off another half mile after the drill was over?
THAT IS A READY HORSE.
That is a horse that's full of run. That's a horse that's asking for more distance and more speed.
That's a horse that's ready to win...And you will not find a hint of this is the workout reports in the DRF.
That's why I'm working so closely with Clocker Bob.
And you know what? Good clocker information never stops paying off!
Here's the kind of winner Clocker Bob cashes several times a week - where the work tab says nothing but the actual workout says everything!
June 12: Monmouth R4: China Prince WON $10.00
Spotted a work tab that showed this 6YO Gelding was primed to go the distance, something he had lacked his last two starts at 1-1/16 miles.
June 11: Belmont R8: Celestine WON $17.00
Three sharp works in 3 weeks at the Saratoga training track, but Clocker Bob saw those works as loftier than in the form, and getting 8-1 was a gift.
June 8: Gulfstream R7: Forall The Marbles WON $10.40
We noticed a work pattern that said fit and ready after he set the pace in his last two solid races only to get passed late. We expected this was the day he would rate, and then pass rivals for the win.
And we've got 3 weeks of winning left at Big Sandy. among the other major summer meets!
And guess what? Clocker Bob wins even bigger in Saratoga. He not only knows every inch of the facility. He knows the Oklahoma Training Track and how workouts translate into real time racing efforts on the main track.
With his binoculars and stop watch, Bob spotted the first signs of exhaustion in American Pharoah that led to my wining pick of Keen Ice in the Travers on August 27.
Here was another monster day where Bob's iPad told the story. It was the final Saturday at the Spa, September 5th, and we went 2 for 2 in these Stakes Races:
R8: Saranac Stakes - Word Approval WON $19.80
R11: Glenns Falls Stakes - White Rose WON $20.00
Isn't it funny? I know the fundamentals like nobody's business. I own all kinds of records. No less a figure than Steve Asmussen, six-time Trainer of the Year (and trainer of Belmont winner Creator) says, "John is very accurate at predicting how a race will turn out."
With all that, the ultimate question is still:
"IS THIS HORSE FIT AND READY TO RUN THE RACE OF HIS LIFE RIGHT NOW?"
And that is where handicapping pauses and you need the observations of a smart clocker to help you. And that is where Clocker Bob and I are building something quite wonderful.
Care to join us? Good. Call me personally at 1-201-204-7872 and let's talk! If I'm not available leave a message, or call my office at 1-888-612-2283.
Because the "inside" that has made my players and me the most money - is inside Clocker Bob's iPad! And I can't wait to share it with you!
*Bob is a pseudonym, officially a clocker. Bob is sharing private information with a small group of players.