Andrew Beyer
Andrew Beyer

Andrew Beyer has been The Washington Post’s horse racing columnist since 1978 and is considered one of the leading experts on the subject. He has written four books on racing, including “Picking Winners” which introduced and explained Beyer Speed Figures, a rating assigned to every race by every horse in the United States which is incorporated in the Daily Racing Form past performances.

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Digging the dirt once again

Digging the dirt once again

Keeneland, which led the trend toward synthetic track surfaces in 2006, now signals the end of them.

A horse with speed, going too fast

A horse with speed, going too fast

Social Inclusion has promise, but running his third race with an eye on the Kentucky Derby is asking too much.

Moving the starting line

Moving the starting line

By regularly employing run-ups of varying lengths, tracks make race distances difficult to interpret.

Helpful data? That’s a stretch

Helpful data? That’s a stretch

Horse racing industry mystifies prospective fans with self-serving handicapping numbers.