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Product Details

  • Paperback: 181 pages
  • Publisher: Gollehon Pr (June 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0914839268
  • ISBN-13: 978-0914839262
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 4.8 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.5 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,262,684 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 26, 2001
Format: Paperback
I have very low expectations of handicapping books. What makes me think that this person knows so much? What are their real credentials? Look at all these books on roulette, where there is no real way to beat the system and it takes 10 pages to teach you to play and what bets are slightly less efficient. Having said that, with horseracing, a book if not teaching you how to win, can at least help you have fun handicapping more informed. If it doesn't improve your chances, it can at least guide you along the way to doing so with more commitment.
I think this book partially accomplishes this limited expectation. The book lays the ground work in an understandable manner for how to read and understand the rudimentary relevance of horse statistics (eg, those in the Daily Racing Form). The author gives us the big warning signs not to bet on horses and positives that suggest better chances of winning. These insights, for the most part, is simply a summary of what most handicappers know and bet by, and will only help you eliminate big longshots or understand why a particular horse was bet a favorite. If this interests you, its probably better to read this book than go to the track and ask alot of people questions. Though, some of these basics can be obtained for free online without any excess fillers. You can tell the author really stretched this book out to get the 181 pages (including a 28 page glossary) that would make the book look worth it in the stores.
However, the author's statistics and in some cases logic falls short. For example, on one page she suggests that class in harness racing is irrelevant. Yet on another page, she suggests that a horse moving down in harness horse moving down in class should be viewed as a positive. Which is it?
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Barry L Hohstadt on July 25, 2000
Format: Paperback
The authors share a point system they devised using the Daily Racing Form. Covers the basics of handicapping. Great for beginners who really don't know where to start with the DRF, but would like to do their own handicapping. Their system was developed around west coast tracks, a nice bonus for those of us tired of the "East Coast Bias."
Usefull information for beginners and intermediate players and written in a clear and easy to read style.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 23, 1998
Format: Paperback
The book covers alot of ground. Provides some interesting methods to playing horses, as well as covering both Thoroughbreds and Harness Racing. The book mostly deals with showing you, how to eliminating losers. There is some very interesting information here. Money Management is cover very lightly, as well as some systems. The closing chapter provides some interesting facts about horseracing. Overall a very good book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 30, 2002
Format: Paperback
The book describes a method for rating horses that is very time consuming, with results that do not justify all the work. I did a dry run, handicapping several race cards, and had I bet real money, I would have been very upset with the results. Although I am not an expert, I hold my own when I study the past performances in the track program or The Daily Racing Form. By following the book's method, I did significantly worse than I would have on my own. Not recommended.
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