Horse racing and the different degree of handicapping systems efficiencies is what the handicapper is constantly testing for and looking for. This is to find the one(s) with the perfect fit for their mission and goals. But the perfect fit for what exactly? Wager types (exactas, high fives, pick 3’s, etc.), track(s) played, field size (6-12 field sizes), etc. Races come in all shapes, sizes and complexities. It’s a difficult game to master and it’s no push over. There are the basic systems: class, form, pace, speed, jockey, trainer, last allowed odds, days last raced, workouts, track bias, etc. There are several thousands of angles and sub-angles to deal with.
There’s no one handicapping system or method that does everything in one. No such thing and just plain not possible for there ever to be only one. This is why the basic systems have limitations but are still good. In virtually every single case it takes two or more basics together to get some winning power from these systems. Not only that but the basic handicapping systems have different strengths and different weaknesses for each wager type, each In The Money position or ITM position (win, place, show, fourth and fifth positions) and each field size.
So one of the best ways to find the best handicapping method or systems is to reach the advanced handicapping levels. With the more advanced levels there are ways to test virtually every basic and/or sub-basic and combinations of complex angles and sub-angles side by side and see them for what they are. Which is to be able to compare them in a simple statistical way and choose the one(s) for specific purposes of wager types, field size and ITM position. This means that whenever you choose, select, and pick a horse(s) then you’ve ranked that horse.
This is when using any system or method and each horse has a rank number based on the field size. The field size is how many horses are physically on the track when the race starts. Once you rank by any system and use those specific methods unchanged every single time to handicap with per field size then you’ll get a sense of what it looks like.
There are many angles such as:
(1) drop in class but good speed at a higher class.
(2) cheaper the race the better the drop in class will benefit.
Also: (3) a good jockey that’s being switched today.
(4) look for the fastest 1/2 mile horse if any.
(5) jump in class of a lower class horse may be a trainer move today.
(6) good horse raced on same track constantly.
There are hundreds of others to test for specific reasons. This is partially the thing about racing systems and their different degrees of efficiencies.