1. Class: Look for horses that have recently moved up in class or are running at the same class level as their last race.
  2. Distance: Pay attention to horses that have had success at the same distance as today’s race or have recently shown improvement at that distance.
  3. Surface: Some horses excel on dirt, others on turf. Make note of which surface a horse has been successful on in the past.
  4. Speed figures: Look at a horse’s recent speed figures, which can indicate their current form and potential for improvement.
  5. Jockey and trainer: Consider the success of the horse’s jockey and trainer, as well as their history together.
  6. Pace: Analyze the pace of the race and which horses are likely to be on the lead or close to it.
  7. Weight: Take note of any changes in weight a horse may be carrying, as it can affect their performance.
  8. Post position: A horse’s post position can affect their ability to get a good start or find clear running room during the race.
  9. Workouts: Review a horse’s recent workouts to see if they’ve been training well leading up to the race.
  10. Breeding: Look at a horse’s pedigree to see if they have any notable bloodlines that could indicate an ability to perform well.
  11. Recent form: Consider a horse’s recent finishes to get a sense of their current form and potential for improvement.
  12. Race conditions: Evaluate how a horse has performed in similar race conditions, such as track condition or weather.
  13.  Equipment changes: Note any changes in a horse’s equipment, such as blinkers or a different bit.
  14. Rest: Consider how long it’s been since a horse’s last race, as they may be fresher or more rested than other horses in the field.
  15. Age: Take note of a horse’s age and whether they’re racing against older or younger horses.
  16. Track bias: Look for any track biases that may favor certain types of horses or running styles.
  17. Weight allowance: Consider any weight allowances a horse may be receiving, such as for younger horses or fillies.
  18. Running style: Analyze a horse’s running style and whether they’re likely to be able to handle the pace of the race.
  19. Connections: Look at a horse’s owners and the stable they come from to see if they have a history of success.
  20. Odds: Finally, consider the odds on a horse and whether they present good value for the potential payout.