Daily Racing Form

DRF Racing 101 - New to Racing? Learn from the Best

Handicapping 101

By Brad Free

Learn the skills necessary to understand (and enjoy!) horse racing.

Learn to play the races

Watch these introductory videos.
Download a free sample of the EasyForm PPs.
Follow along with DRF's 6 Simple Steps to picking a winner using EasyForm.
DRF Race of the Day


Try DRF's Free Race of the Day. We give you Formulator PPs, plus expert analysis video to help you make the best picks. DRF's Race of the Day is the perfect entry to essential expert backed racing information.

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Picking your DRF Guide

Past performance guides are essential to a day at the races. This information tells you the past race history for each horse, jockey information, odds of each horse winning and much more!

How do I choose which past performances are best for me?

DRF EasyForm

Simplified PP's for the beginner or casual player. Perfect for the newcomer that's learning the basics!

DRF Classic PPs

An exact replica of the newspaper "look and feel" Perfect for the newspaper reader that has just migrated online!


Easy to use, web-based PP's that offer a deeper look at the statistical information. Perfect for anyone with a basic understanding of handicapping that wants to take an in-depth look at the statistics to find an edge.

What about other DRF guides?

DRF Pro-Picks

Get picks and "best bets" from DRF experts for every race, every day. Also, access race analysis for up to six tracks daily.

A snapshot of the key elements from DRF's past performances—including Beyer Speed Figures, program numbers, morning-line odds, selections, and more.

With all the information and statistics provided in Daily Racing Form past performances, the process of picking a winner - called handicapping - can be intimidating at first. Let's examine the EasyForm beginner past performances and uncover six simple steps to help you have a more enjoyable and profitable day at the races.



Recency always note the dates of a horse's most recent races. A horse racing at regular and consistent intervals is probably fit and prepared for today's race. A horse that goes extended periods of time without a race may be coming off an injury or sickness and may not be in tip top condition.