Bioenergetics and Racehorse Ratings

Bioenergetics and Racehorse Ratings

ISBN: 9780956424303
Publisher: Overdee Press
Publication Date: 2010-02
Number of pages: 120
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It describes a scientific study of competitive running and develops a mathematical model which balances the energy supply from both anaerobic and aerobic sources with the energy required to accelerate the body, sustain running, and overcome air resistance. When applied to horse racing it allows the relationships between distance, time, weight carried, going, and other factors, to be evaluated. The model is applied to racing on turf in Britain, but it is easily adapted to racing on other surfaces and tracks. The result of the model is a Power Equation, which can be used to assess performance in a race in terms of a power rating. Two methods of assessing performance are examined in detail, based on race time, or on collateral form.. Examples are given of the calculation of time ratings (speed ratings) and form ratings. This book is not about "how to pick winners" or racing "systems". It is about the link between equine exercise physiology and racehorse ratings. A basic under-standing of mathematics is required to follow the development of the model. The uses of racehorse ratings are only briefly discussed, at the end of the book. However, because racing and betting are inextricably linked, a short cautionary note on betting is also included.

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