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Defining Class, Speed, and Confidence As Horse Racing Handicapping Factors

As long as there have been horse races handicappers have argued about the definition of speed and class. One camp believes they are synonymous while others believe that a classier horse will beat a “cheap” horse even though the horse that supposedly has less class has earned a higher speed figure in a previous race. It is a very confusing debate. For instance, what if the higher speed figure was earned in a race with horses at a lower class level and therefore the pace was slower and made for a faster final time?

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