My name is Jason Hathorn. This blog is about horse racing from my perspective as an owner, enthusiast and punter. Some of the research pieces I post will be accompanied by excerpts of code written in the statistical package R.

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  1. Dear Mr. Hathorn,

    I wonder if you had used your statistical analyses to examine winning race times in handicaps. I do not have access to your level of analysis, but a rough analysis suggests that they do not follow a normal distribution, but are skewed to the left of the mean (cf. greyhound racing times, which follow a normal distribution). I value your comments

    Patrick Surtees

    • Dear Patrick,
      Sorry, I missed this from ages ago!
      Yes, horse race times are negatively skewed. If you google race/standard times/Timeform you should find some articles on race times where this phenomenon is discussed.

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