FAQ (FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS) REGARDING THE A+ THOROBRED VERSION 10.0 UPGRADE
Well, it's been close to two years since the release of version 9.0 and we've been busy
ever since with many new projects. Version 9.0 saw the implementation of our very own
past performance files, the "A3P" file and that was a major effort that has and will
continue to involve daily maintenance of a huge database. From this data, we construct
our daily A3P files as soon as race entries become available. Version 10.0 will continue
to use these files as well as two third party vendors, BRIS and Trackmaster. As many of
you know, TSN is no longer in business and BRIS has taken over for them in many areas.
TSN "Advantage Plan" customers now use the BRIS "MCP" files and A+ Thorobred is fully
compatible with them as well as the BRIS "DRF" Single data file.
On to 10.0:
1.) BetFinder is the biggie in version 10.0 and is meant to provide a method of
selecting "standout" bets. Once you've created some GAR's (Graded Analysis Reports) in
A+ Thorobred, the next step was always a manual one to inspect the reports and select
the races that appear to be the most bettable considering odds and strength of selections.
Now BetFinder allows you automate this process and produce a single report containing
multiple tracks and only the races you feel comfortable betting. After selecting the tracks
you plan on betting, you can then select the bet types you prefer, the strength of selection
conditions you demand, minimum morning line odds, minimum value index, minimum number of
horses in a race and maximum number of first time starters you would tolerate. BetFinder then
sweeps through the GAR's you selected and produces a single report from which to bet.
The report itself resembles the GAR (Graded Analysis Report) with a few additions. Under
each race you will see the bets that BetFinder has found that fit your criteria for selection.
And at the right of each race you'll see the columns "V", "O" and "P" which stand for Value Index,
Odds (Morning Line) and Pointspread. Where there's a 1 in these columns, the horse to the left
met or exceeded the user defined criteria for each of these values. You can read much more about
the details on the BetFinder screen itself.
2.) View in WordPad is definately one of the most suggested enhancements we've seen requested
in years and in version 10.0, it's been implemented. On the View/Edit screen, the buttons
that formerly initiated the viewing of the Graded Analysis Report for a single race and the
full card have each been split into 2 buttons, the first of which performs the task of
displaying the report in A+ Thorobred and the second of which fires up WordPad displaying the
3.) The old main screen button "View/Print GAR/RBR Files" now shows the additional BetFinder
Report as well. When you click this button, you will see a screen showing lists of all three
file types. In addition to the previously displayed "View" button, you will now see a "View
in WordPad" button as well. As with the View/Edit screen, you can still see a single report
in A+ Thorobred by selecting one file and clicking "View". You can also see that same file in
WordPad now by clicking "View in WordPad". And now with version 10.0, you can select multiple
files from any or all of the three file types and view them all together in WordPad. The
ability to combine files for viewing in WordPad was a last minute addition and unfortunately
didn't make it into the documentation. But the feature works as planned and the documentation
will be updated when the first patch is released. Combining multiple files for viewing is only
available in WordPad and not within the A+ Thorobred program since there are processes
available from the A+ Thorobred screens that apply to one file only.