Beginning Thursday, April 9, new scoring parameters for the recently-introduced POINTS-BASED scoring will be in place.
Why are we making this change?
After two months of observation, it has become clear to us that the previous parameters overvalued short-priced horses to a degree that we felt was unacceptable. That we would make changes was expected, as we had assumed that some tweaking of the parameters would be necessary. We wanted a good look at the data and trends before making any changes.
While the intent of this format still remains in rewarding consistency, we felt bonus points needed to be increased, so that players picking horses other than the most likely winners were rewarded.
It’s important to point out that the ROI component of the points-based system is still far from that of the standard $2 Win/Place format, so players can still be assured that consistency in selecting winners will still be the primary factor. But, we believe that winners will now exhibit a greater mix of prices. The new parameters are as follows:
WIN/PLACE SHOW POINTS (Unchanged):
WIN: 100 points
PLACE: 50 points
SHOW: 30 points
WIN BONUS POINTS (based on final WIN payout):
any up to $4.00: 0 points
$4.01 to $6.00: 0 points
$6.01 to $8.00: 24 points
$8.01 to $10.00: 36 points
$10.01 to $14.00: 48 points
$14.01 to $20.00: 60 points
$20.01 to $32.00: 84 points
$32.01 and up: 96 points
PLACE BONUS POINTS (based on final PLACE payout):
any to $3.00: 0 points
$3.01 to $4.00: 9 points
$4.01 to $5.00: 12 points
$5.01 to $7.00: 18 points
$7.01 to $9.00: 24 points
$9.01 to $12.00: 30 points
$12.01 to $15.00: 42 points
$15.01 and up: 48 points
These weekend recaps normally cover the Friday/Saturday/Sunday featured action. However, I’ve decided to now include Wednesday in these summaries for two main reasons:
1. We now have some pretty impressive Wednesday offerings—including NHC and Spa & Surf qualifiers.
2.If you’re like me, being home all the time makes it hard to keep the days of the week straight anyway. So why discriminate?
If you’ve been enjoying the online-tourney action during this otherwise quiet period for sports—but you wish that there was something to play at night, we have two words for you: “No worries.”
It wound up being another Friday without featured tourneys. Last week it was Laurel that unexpectedly shut down on Friday morning. This past Friday, Santa Anita had to take an involuntary “pause” just 40 minutes prior to its first race. Featured tourneys continued, though, on Saturday and Sunday—and there were even a few (for the first time) on a Wednesday.
Six guaranteed NHC seats, three Breeders’ Cup Betting Challenge entries and at least $53,500 in cash are just some of the prizes guaranteed to be awarded this weekend across five featured tourneys on Friday, another five on Saturday and 10 on Sunday. We’ll start at the beginning…with Friday.
In recent weeks, some players have been hogging tourney victories as if they were rolls of toilet paper. (I’m looking at you, Stephen Thompson.) That was not the case last weekend as 24 grand prizes (across 15 featured events) went to 24 different people. Unfortunately, none of that winning took place on Friday.
Sometimes we’re a little slow on the uptake here.