When you look at a horse’s past performances, you can generally make an educated guess about how they’re going to run… What’s tough though is when the horse has no previous to assess… and that’s the case when you’re studying races with FIRST-TIME STARTERS… How could you possibly know how a horse who has never run in a race might perform in their first start? Well, there are several indicators… closer to post time, take a look at how much betting support their getting… that’s an easy one. You might also consider a horse’s purchase price and workouts. Other complex — and important — factors are the horse’s pedigree and its trainer. We dive into those variables… next time on The Action.