My name is Rubin (Rube) Boxer. As an engineer, I
have always been drawn to engineering mathematics, and have had
papers published on the subject.
Some time ago, I became interested in learning how
well engineering principles could be applied to life. After determining
that it could be done, I decided to use thoroughbred horses as the means
for further, in depth, research. Part of the reason for this choice was
the availability of data. After all, data such as time, speed, the horses
“trajectory”, weight carried, and track condition, if applied in an
appropriate way, can be the basis for engineering analysis. My only intent
was that, if I were successful, I would write a paper on the subject. I
had no thought about marketing any product.
After about a year of intensive work and interviewing
knowledgeable persons, asking questions of The Daily Racing Form, Today’s
Racing Digest, and others, the mathematics fell into place, and I was
able to write, “Engineering Analysis of Thoroughbred Racing.”
Using the “engineering”
data available in a horse’s pacelines, that paper showed, among other
things, how to predict the horse’s finish
time for today’s race and some unique outputs including
Horse Friction, a
measure of a horse’s closing capability.
I single out Horse Friction here, from among the
other outputs, only because of what happened next. I received a phone call
from the Vice-President of Marketing of one of the Racing Publications I
had been interviewing during my research. He informed me they were
interested in publishing the Horse Friction values. But he said they only
knew me as a “voice on the telephone”, and would I agree, to establish
credibility, to send my material to “The Phillips Racing Newsletter” for
evaluation. So I did that in early 1992.
In the March, 1992 issue, Phillips published a highly
favorable review of the program, which, by then, I had named CompuTrak.
They rated it at 8.5, which, in those days was a very high rating indeed.
They also had tested the program on 153 consecutive races at Santa Anita
and showed; using only $2 win bets, a profit of $296.80, an ROI of 97%,
with a win rate of 36.6%.
After Phillips published their review, I received
many phone calls and letters asking about CompuTrak. So, I then decided to
market it. That’s how CompuTrak was launched.
After, at a horseracing symposium in Las Vegas, I
met Dr. Sartin. We discussed CompuTrak and he was kind enough to express
an interest in it, so I gave him reference material about it.
I received a very
gracious letter from Dr. Sartin
praising the program. Receiving such praise from someone whom I greatly
respect, provided valuable encouragement for me about the usefulness of
CompuTrak and to continue my efforts.
Further research led to an additional paper,
“Addendum to Engineering Analysis of Thoroughbred Racing”, which developed
the Capability Constants for a standard horse, and the Boxer Number which
is an overall performance rating for a horse.
The handicapping success of CompuTrak was an
impetus for me to continue with my efforts to improve the program even
Those efforts resulted in the evolution of CompuTrak, culminating with the
introduction of CompuTrak Handicapper 2005. Here are some