NYRA Launches RaceQuest Handicapping Tool

Aimed at new and novice horse players, it is useful tool for experienced bettors.

The New York Racing Association has launched RaceQuest, an online handicapping “application aimed at new and novice horse players that also synthesizes handicapping angles into a useful wagering tool for the experienced bettor.”

According to a NYRA release, RaceQuest was developed by Creative Racing Solutions, a Burlington, Mass., based company founded by John Pavlov and David M. Ward. Ward was the primary architect and developer of Formulator, Daily Racing Form’s software product.

RaceQuest can be accessed from the main NYRA web site.

Among the RaceQuest features are:

--Take the Guided Tour. A free series of lessons that will teach players the most important and proven handicapping factors, including race shape, speed figures, trainer and jockey statistics, class, and form. The lessons are taught by a team of interactive avatars, each with unique philosophies on how to handicap.

--Practice with Game Mode. Players can test their skills by making practice bets on historical races, watching the race replays, and viewing the results.

--Live Mode. Users can apply their knowledge by purchasing RaceQuest past performances to wager on future races through programs like NYRA Rewards. RaceQuest past performances are presented in an innovative format that will be valuable to novice horseplayers and seasoned handicappers alike.

“By lowering the learning curve and offering fun and easy tools to educate new fans, RaceQuest enables beginners and novices to make informed decisions quickly and easily,” said NYRA president and CEO Charles Hayward.“