On to DRF's Trackmaster. It was designed by Steve Crist and uses a computer program and algorithm's to help map out multi-race tickets i.e. Pick 4's, Pick 6's, etc. Crist uses a horse rating system putting horses most likely to win in the "A" category, horses that could possibly win in the "B" category and horses with a slight chance to win in the "C" category. All other horses are "X" horses and left off all tickets. The program designs tickets based on your wagering amount (i.e. $.50 or $1) and the total amount of the ticket ($100, $200, etc.). So, an "A" is going to be on more tickets than the "B" horses, and the "B" horses will be used more than the "C" horses. It basically just "weight's" the horses you like more when building a ticket. The great thing about the Ticketmaker is it allows you to use a lot more horses in the various legs..........BUT, and it's a big BUT, it limits how many longer shot horses "B's" and "C's" that can win for you to cash. (See yesterday's Pick 4 from Oaklawn). For clarity, the program just doesn't create 1 ticket, it creates many tickets, normally 4-12 tickets using numerous combinations of horses to cover everything.
Yesterday's Rebel ticket is a perfect example. The ticket, as laid out, only cost $156 or so. If you were to use every one of the A/B/C horses I used yesterday on a normal ticket (called a Caveman Ticket), the ticket would have been over $1000. With Ticketmaster, you would only cash if the races fell this way using a Pick 4 as an example:
A's win in every leg
3 A's win and 1 B horse wins
2 A's win and 2 B horses win
3 A's win and 1 C horse wins
Any other combo comes out, you lose. We had 2 A's and 2 C's yesterday- loss. You can minipulate the program to a point, i.e. only let the program figure the ticket with ONLY 3 A's and a B and NOT 2 A's and 2 B's. It's very flexible. That's it in a nutshell, below is a link to a tutorial to use it, it free and easy to play around with it until you understand it- it's quite simple after just a few times using it. I should also add that if we did our normal ticket, using everyone I liked, we would have won on the ticket but it would have cost $1000 and we would have only won $300+. Bottom line is it's a way to control your ticket cost but still allow a long shot (1 "C" or 2 "B's") here and there.
You can also Google Steve Crist and Ticketmaster and see various articles about it by others. I first learned about it in one of Steve Crist's books and he goes into great detail why it's such a good tool.