Free Thoroughbred Racing Past Performances

Where to Find PPs Without Breaking the Bank

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Past performances are a horse racing handicapper's Bible. They list every horse scheduled to run in a given race, along with data collected from each horse's last five to 10 or even 12 starts. The data is extensive and takes a lot of time to compile, so it's no wonder that most good PPs can only be had for a modest fee — at least if you want to bet multiple races at a given track on a certain day and you don't want to spend a lot of time tracking the PPs down for each race.

 

What's in a Past Performance Record? 

Past performances usually include a speed figure for each horse running in a race, which isn't necessarily the same for all past performance publications and websites. For example, Daily Racing Form gives Beyer figures, whereas Equibase offers its Equibase Speed Figures.

A horse's PPs will also give you the date it last ran, the track where the race took place, the race the horse ran in, and the class of the race. Was it against horses who were the best of the best or against some who may still be trying to find the wire weeks later? A PP should tell you the condition of the track and what kind of surface the race was run on, such as dirt or turf. It will tell you the distance of the race and it will give the fractions — how long it took the horses to complete different segments of the track. This, as well as the winner's final time, gives you an idea of the pace of the race, whether it was smoking or more on the leisurely side.

 

Past performances will also typically tell you the horse's trainer and whether there's been a change in trainer at any point in the horse's recent past. PPs give you the name of the jockey who was aboard in each race and in the current race, how much weight the horse was carrying in each race and in the current race, and about any special equipment the horse was wearing or medications it might have been on, then and now.

You'll also see information regarding the horse's recent workouts. 

And while all this might not be just the tip of the iceberg, it's not the whole iceberg, either. Different past performances can include different information. Suffice it to say that if you're thinking about wagering on a horse, the past performances for the race should answer just about any question you might have. And that's why they often cost money, although not as much as you might think. 

Paid Full Card Past Performances

  • BRISnet offers PPs in a variety of formats, from simple to extensive, from $1 to $3 for a single race card as of 2017. A race card gives you information on every horse scheduled to run in every race over the course of one day. BRISnet doesn't offer Beyer figures. It has its own BRIS speed figures which are actually quite good. It offers comma delimited data for those who want to build their own databases. 
  • Daily Racing Form offers past performances in Classic PDF, Formulator and EasyForm formats. The EasyForm is pretty basic and doesn't include all the details of the other two. Classic PDF looks just like the print edition of the publication, while the Formulator PPs allow you to customize the info if you download DRF's free Formulator software. PDF PPs cost $3.50 per race card as of 2017, but DRF is always offering special packages at discounts, such as five cards for use in 30 days for $14.75, a 55 cent per card discount. DRF also offers free PPs if you wager on the site through DRF Bets, but this option isn't available in all states. 
  • Some of Equibase's offerings are a bit more expensive, but you get what you pay for. You can buy official programs from this site with past performances, handicappers' selections and even lifetime PPs for individual horses, and they're quite good. And Equibase's basic PP program is actually a steal, cheaper than some of the others at $1.50 a basic card, $2.50 for the premium edition. Not bad for a day's races. 
  • Post Time Solutions took over the old Handicapper's Daily software and data files when Handicapper's Daily closed up shop. This site doesn't actually sell PPs, at least not stand-alone PPs, but it does offer race cards and some comma delimited data, as well as a handicapping program it calls Post Time Daily 2.0. The initial Post Time program is free, or you can buy the Handicapping Magician to crunch race data for you for $97 as of 2017. The site updates its programs every couple of years or so. If it's not exactly what you're looking for now, check back periodically. 
  • TrackMaster is old school and it's earned its stripes. It offers past performances in various formats along with other helpful reports and selections for thoroughbred, harness and quarter horse racing. It uses Equibase's Speed Figures. A single card is just $1.50 as of 2017, and you can purchase monthly, yearly and unlimited subscriptions for all the race cards you could possibly want over a set period of time. A regular subscription gives you 20 downloaded PPs a month for $249.95 a year as of 2017. The unlimited yearly subscription runs $799.95. 

Free Past Performances 

Some leading trainers, farms and racetracks offer PPs for free, but you may have to hunt for them a little. For example, BRISnet offers pages dedicated to many of the top trainers in the country, listing the horses they have entered in upcoming races. If you click on Todd Pletcher's page, you'll see the notation "Ultimate PPs" next to the horse's name. Click on this and it will take you to BRISnet's PPs for that particular race for free. Of course, if you want to wager on more than one race that day, you'll have to follow the same procedure for a horse with a notable trainer in the other races, too. 

You can also search BRISnet by a horse's sire, and you can get free BRISnet PPs for just one race a day, typically what a track deems to be its key race. 

Who knows? The $2 you save by doing a little extra work might earn you $32 if you put it on a 15/1 long shot to win instead.