Having written quite a bit about donkeys, speed, and how the strong horses are dominating the track, this tournament is something that I am feeling very excited about. Looking at the signups (as I was talking to the organizer), we currently have 31 horses. Yes, I put my horse into the mix too, and I am rather smug about it!
How can I not be? The scoring system literally counterbalanced the effect of the U-shaped curve.
Following up on my previous article where we look at horses with the best profits, I wanted to use the same technique to evaluate horses with negative profits.
This is a super tense article for me to write, and this is why.
Writing this article is just crazy! To be honest, I’m a little nervous and worried that I might once again shoot myself in the foot! I’m quite confident that the data will be consistent with what we’ve found out about the speed deviation, but I’ve not really tested this across a large number of horses. So far, it’s been with Mane Event and Steph Curry, and recently Ink.
Having done the last 2 articles on hugely successful horses, Steph Curry and Mane Event, I thought I wanted to build on the momentum and do another one on a horse that I’ve seen around the track. Someone that’s a bit more subtle, small, and humble stable that hasn’t been in the limelight that much. This I feel is important as it really inspires the smaller players who are trying to get into the game and feel the action with less resource, and still wanting that winner’s dream.
In the last article, we looked at how Steph Curry run his races. It was an interesting article for me to do as I explore the way his owner chooses the races. From his performance, we can see that Steph Curry had a certain preference in the 2000m to 2400m distance categories, and quite interestingly, at rather regular intervals, Steph Curry would run the occasional short distances and 2600m. As the owner, TakeoofTone shares his logic in why he does this, I got fascinated with how owners choose to run their horses a certain way. …
Edit (and important note): Am putting this way up in front of the article. This is important so read me first! There is a mention of the visuals on how the horses run in this article. I want to make sure that we are all aware that the visuals for the race do not matter (ie. how the horses run in the races). It’s purely cosmetics and it’s more about finishing time. This is also confirmed by Jay | ZED RUN (More information at the end of the article)
I am happy. Why am I happy?
But, I am sad too. Why? I’ll put that into my conclusion for this article.
If you’ve been following my articles, I first talked about how slow Drop Dead Gorgeous is and how I shouldn’t run her in any races in the article, Horses vs. Donkeys.
A bit of recap, she features on Team Donkey, and looking at her speed, she’s got the smallest deviation from her Median and Average speed.
We talked a lot about how speed would determine the performance of a horse. We’ve also look at how different stables are able to get better performance out of their horses with careful race selection.
So, the big question is, how do we actually make money running races?
I joked about “race counting” as a reference to the famous MIT Blackjack Team and their card counting technique on a recent live stream with Haute Spurs, Iron Horse, Demur, Lacy and DesignatedDrinker.
Basically, the idea is to enter your horse for low entry races, and after losing a certain number of…
Where do we even begin? This is going to be contentious. Let’s start from the beginning. It was a couple of weeks ago when I started researching and analyzing stats from Zed Run. It was one of the whispers I heard from someone with two stables. Apparently, he noticed that horses seemed to perform differently when he moved them around. I jokingly told him that his horses are probably pissed with him for making them move. I left this there and didn’t do much with It.
Gotta give a shoutout to Kelis! Damm, that song sticks in your head! It…
For the first time in Zed Run history, Donkeys picked a fight with someone that they cannot win! Outclassed, outmuscled, and out of the league, would these crazy donkeys stand a chance? I got to say, this is one of the most entertaining articles to write! As usual, I don’t know the outcome and this is the first time I’m going to find out for myself!
Provocative HR practitioner who likes to think he’s a thought leader in the HR and Talent world. Pushes the boundaries, often wrong and getting into trouble!