From The Desk Of Michael Pizzolla
February 23, 2016
Las Vegas 2:07 PM
Dear ValueCapper and Friend,
Hope this finds you well.
The Derby Preps begin in earnest this coming Saturday with the Fountain of Youth at Gulfstream. I’ll be sending rants out over the next few weeks leading up to the Triple Crown, and will have in-depth coverage of the Triple Crown races themselves.
As always, the object of sharing my thoughts and analysis with you is to describe a way of thinking about the races-as an investor as opposed to a recreational horseplayer. The actual results of any given race are not as important as the method of analysis. This is especially true of the Kentucky Derby, with 20 3 year old colts going a mile and a quarter for the first time.
It’s been awhile since I’ve written, as we’re working very hard putting the final touches on the new ValueCapper Software. I’m hoping that we can get a limited release right before Derby time.
Some other big news has to do with the Wizards’ Forum. Those of you who have Black Magic: The Ultimate Handicapper Software and are members of the Wizards’ Forum may know that this month, the beginning of our 9th year of the Forum, marks the beginning of our providing the monthly videos online, right within the Wizards’ Forum, rather than a hard copy DVD. This was partly in response to many of you asking for this (so you can watch the videos on your mobile devices as well as your computer).
The other reason we did this was part of the response to an increase in our data costs. Post Time Solutions has absorbed the increases in the cost of our data over the past 8 years, but with this latest major increase, we are forced to pass some of the cost increase to you.
I say ‘some’ because I’m hoping that with the online distribution of the DVDs, we can save on duplication and postage costs, which will offset some of the increased expenses for data so we don’t have to pass along ALL of the increased costs. We’re doing our level best to make this as affordable as possible and still provide the highest quality of data and support at a price that is still the best in the industry.
The increase is in cost will be modest. If you want to continue staying on the Forum, you don’t need to do a thing, if you want to change or discontinue, simply log into your account by going to the Post Time website and clicking on Log In or My Account, and you can change it there. Or just give the office a call.
The modest price increase does not go into effect until May 1, 2016.
This does NOT affect any other pricing, just the pricing on the Wizards’ Forum and the Data Package available to those on the Forum. For those of you who are not on the Forum, there is no change in our pricing.
In addition to the online videos, there’s more good news: Subscribers to the Wizards’ Forum will be also be getting updated track performance numbers more frequently in Black Magic: The Ultimate Handicapper Software. As part of our research on ValueCapper, we’ve developed a new technique of generating these. While I still don’t think tracks change ALL that much from month to month, there are some subtle changes which the new technique of generating these pars can pick up.
And frankly I wanted to do something nice for our Wizards’ Forum members by providing these updates to BLAM more frequently and as part of their membership.
I cover all of these details on the Series 8 Volume 12 DVD (January 2016) DVD, and an online version of that is now posted on the Wizards’ Forum for you to review along with the current Wizards’ Forum Inner Secrets Video Series 9 Volume 1 (February 2016) .
Thanks again for all the kind emails and your reports on your progress and successful scores. I’m looking forward to this year’s Triple Crown season and sharing with you the ValueCapping approach to these races.
All the best,