Horse Racing Form 

   "Study A Horse's History So You Can Make Better Decisions"


By: Richard Reese


If you play the horses on a regular basis, then you are probably familiar with the horse racing form or what is known as the past performance lines.

Two companies stand out against all the rest: Brisnet and Daily Racing Form (DRF)

When I first got started in horse racing I would visit the local liquor store and pay $4 to $5 bucks for the printed version of the Daily Racing Form. It would include the main track I would bet, as well as about 4 or 5 other tracks around the country.

As the Internet has started to evolve our choices of where we get the horse racing form has also increased.

Now we can order the past performances online and print them with our very own printer.

Daily Racing Form has an online version you can print at home and their prices range from $2.50 to $2.95, depending on what version you purchase. Visit drf.com for more information.

If I'm going to my local track, I only play that track, so it is worth it to use Brisnet.com for my past performance lines.

I only pay $1.00 per track using Brisnet, and the past performances already come in the horse's official post position, so there is no need to buy a racing program at the track, saving another $2-$3 bucks.

If you want to download the horse racing form from Brisnet, you'll have to set up an account with a credit card.

Once a month you will be charged for all the downloads you have purchased in the past month.

They have many different products you can purchase, including varying degrees of past performance lines, but I just want the basic information, so I can make my selections using my handicapping methods.

Check out the different samples and see which resonates with you.

To get started you'll have to go to Brisnet.com and download their free software. Click on the Free Software tab, and download the PP Generator.

Once you have installed their free PP software, you are ready to pick which past performances you want.

Simply click on the Products/Prices tab and scroll down until you see the software data files (highlighted in yellow).

Right below that you will see PP Data File (single), click on that link and it will take you to a listing of all the tracks in their database. Find your track and click on the date of when you are going to the races.

Download that and run it through your free PP Generator software and you have your past performance lines for the day.

One major thing to remember is that you want to make sure that the date you are about to download has a (p) next to it. For example, 08p. The (p) signifies that the horses have been put in their official post positions.

If the (p) doesn't appear next to the date, it means the horses haven't been officially placed in their official race numbers, so just be aware of that when you download the file.

That should do it for now.