Chapter 4: Selecting Handicapping Styles with QuickDog

Handicapping Style - Definition - A single method of handicapping provided by QuickDog.   There are 5 methods total.  There is also a "Custom Method" selection, and a Spreadsheet.  The Spreadsheet was provided by a QuickDog user and we can not support it.  However, QuickDog users running Office 2000 products including EXCEL spreadsheet software say that it is a nifty spreadsheet.  But, back to QuickDog -

Each "style" is displayed in the full QuickDog window when it is selected by the HANDICAPPING STYLE button.  Styles are composed of calculated results of various formulas and use the data provided by the internet programs and charts.  These calculations are described in the offline text files.  These offline files are accessible using the HELP button in QuickDog.

To select a handicapping style to look at, simply select the HANDICAPPING STYLE button as depicted in the display below - pointed to by the cursor.  You may also select the Handicapping Style using the Menu Bar.

Figure 1 - Standard Handicapping Style Display

The following Pop-Up will appear -

Figure 2 - The Handicapping Style Pop-Up

In addition to allowing you to switch between Handicapping Styles, the display also allows you to "setup" those styles to include "Depth" and "Track Ratios" data.

DEPTH - Has to do with the number of races QuickDog will look at during handicapping.

The Depth can be set differently for each handicapping method and is either "STANDARD" or "SHALLOW".  Let's look at each of these.

The STANDARD setting tells QuickDog to look back over a dog's entire QuickDog history in order to find the number of races you've asked for.  

Ok, fine, but suppose you are handicapping Speed and you've instructed QuickDog to look at and average the last 5 untroubled, unschooled races.  Further, suppose that this pup gets into a lot of trouble, but that you have a lot of back history on him.  When QuickDog looks over his record, it skips those troubled races and, eventually, finds 5 races to use.  However, the 5th race is from 6 months ago.  Perhaps this is not what you'd intended when you set 5 as the number of races to look at.  After all, these races are "stale", right?

Well, the way to get around this is to set this button to "SHALLOW", which means QuickDog will go back no farther than the number of races you've specified.  If it uses 5 out of the 5, fine, however, it may only find 1 or 2, because the others may be troubled or otherwise filtered by your other settings.

TRACK RATIOs - A track ratio is based on data from tracks where dogs are shipped from along with data from the track of today and are used to "equalize" somewhat the running times so that dogs can be compared to one another even though some are "shippers".  While it is generally recognized by "wise" handicappers that you shouldn't wager on "shipper races" because of the unknowns, these races also can provide larger payoffs because shippers do win sometimes.

Therefore, this feature is selectable YES/NO so that you have flexibility to examine these dogs or not.

In order to use this feature, you must have data accumulated from the tracks where the dogs are shipped from.  This data is used by QuickDog in the "Track Ratio Generation" feature which is part of the Variant Menu.  So, prior to selecting this feature, you would need to familiarize yourself with Variants and Track Ratios.  See the Help on Variants/Track Ratios at the top of this page.

Once you've made your settings, simply select one of the handicapping methods, or the CONSENSUS method and QuickDog will Pop-up that Handicapping Style.  We encourage all new users to become familiar with the basic - STANDARD METHOD - prior to moving on to the other, more advanced methods.  All methods can be used to supplement your handicapping.

As always, if there are any questions, please feel free to ask them via our email address - jai@gorge.net  

Please refer to this document when doing so.


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