01/25/2012 2:14PM

Harness Eye PPs: What you need to know


Harness Eye past performances are now in the DRF store and available for download. I have been waiting for this moment for a long, long time and have been dying to talk about it for months now. Well, the gag order has been lifted and I can finally speak (type) out loud.

For those who are not familiar with the Harness Eye and Daily Harness Program products, you can find out more information and view samples right here. We will also be offering FREE Harness Eye or Daily Harness Program past performances from the Meadowlands each Friday night through the end of February for you to sample the product.

Let’s talk about what Harness Eye has to offer that you won’t find anywhere else.

Race commentary – We take you between the calls and describe how each horse performed at many tracks across the country. A typical comment will describe when a horse made his move(s) and how well he finished the mile (driving; in-hand; light urge; all out). Tracks we currently cover include: Yonkers, Meadowlands, Chester, Freehold, Monticello, and Woodbine/Mohawk. Hopefully we will add to that list in the near future and I certainly invite any comments on which tracks you would like to see added. Balmoral? Dover? Northfield? Please let me know.

EYE Rating – Other programs offer speed or pace ratings but Harness Eye past performances provide one number to cover all the bases. We take a base speed figure and adjust it for the individual track, track conditions, and horse trip to furnish one number that will help you uncover hidden longshots and obvious contenders.

Variant and Bias – Many of our past performance lines include a variant (numbers indicating how fast or slow the track played) and bias (how many horses won wire to wire). A positive variant indicates a track that was faster than average. For example: a +4 would mean the track was four-fifths of a second faster. Obviously a negative variant would mean the track was slower than normal.

Individual Fractional Times – Harness Eye past performances are one of the few places to find individual fractional times for horses. Most PPs supply the actual race times and a final quarter for each horse. Harness Eye PPs include the fractional times for each horse at all four quarter calls.

Mile Times – If you are looking at a horse that raced at Yonkers Raceway in 2011, the only place to find mile times for the race are in Harness Eye. We print mile times for all races; whether it is a 1 1/16 race at Yonkers or a 1 ½ mile race at the Meadowlands.

Individual Track Record – If you want to know a horse’s history at the track he is racing at that night, Harness Eye past performances will be your handicapping tool of choice. Our readers are able to view each horse’s record at today’s track for the previous three years.

Driver Changes – Harness Eye PPs inform readers whether a driver was originally listed to drive a horse. If the driver on your horse is displayed in bold-italics, then he was not originally listed to drive that horse.

In addition to the items above, Harness Eye PPs have layoff lines (indicates a horse missed at least 15 days of action), a listed trainer for every past performance line, detailed claiming information, and all the basic information (horse, driver, odds) you would find in any program.

I have attached a How To Read Guide at the bottom of this post for those with more questions about our Harness Eye past performances.

The past performances are just the first step in what I hope will become your one-stop location for all things harness. Check our NEWS SECTION often for Free Analysis, Horses to Watch, Bob Pandolfo’s Sharp Horses and Track Trends, Industry News, Videos, Feature Stories on Upcoming Events, and more as we continue to develop and evolve.

Plus, don’t forget about our Meadowlands Events page highlighting every racing day with Live Video, Analysis, Features (video and written), and of course completing the one-stop experience, a Bet Now button to get you into the action through DRF Bets.

I invite anyone with an idea or a change they would like to see to click on the comment button below and post their thoughts.

These are just the first steps for DRF Harness. Come join us on the journey.

Harness Eye How to Read PPs Guide.pdf522.7 KB
Harness Eye Meadowlands PPs - Friday 1-27-12.PDF887.64 KB
Harness Eye 2012 Track Speed Ratings.pdf414.1 KB