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June 28, 2014

Hoosier Park as a numbers game

One of the few bad things about the job I have is that I don’t get near enough time to spend at Hoosier Park.

Other than being at home, it is my favorite recreational spot in this area.

Fortunately, both my job and my desire to visit the track were served on Saturday as I was able to spend some time there gathering information for a story about HP’s new Champion Driver Series (story at right).

One of my stops at the track was a place not accessible to all patrons — the driver’s lounge. It is an interesting and entertaining place to hang out for a while.

The biggest reason that is true is because these drivers are really friendly and outgoing people with a broad variety of interests beyond horse racing. When I walked in, a World Cup soccer match was playing on the television.

But the real value for me on this day was the discussion that was brought up about winning post positions. The topic came up as an offshoot of the drivers who will be picking their own horses in next month’s Champion Driver Series.

One driver immediately offered, “It has to be the No. 4 (position),” for most wins. “I know No. 9 has to be the worst,” said another.

So one of my all-time favorite drivers, Markleville’s Trent Stohler, was recruited to look it up. He did and offered this data, “It is No. 4 and then No. 5. It is a wide margin after those two spots. It is No. 4, then 5, then 6, then 7, then 3 and then 2.” Which means that No. 1, No. 8, No. 9 and No. 10 (when there is a second horse on the inside behind No. 1) are places where the horse really needs to be strong before putting a wager there.

What I am not saying is to go to the track and immediately put an evening’s worth of wagers on the No. 4 horse in each race. But I think it is a viable thought to use that information as a decider when trying to pick between a couple of attractive horses.

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