- Hardcover: 380 pages
- Publisher: Daily Racing Form; 3rd edition (August 3, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1932910700
- ISBN-13: 978-1932910704
- Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 1.3 x 9.7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #409,387 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Betting Thoroughbreds for the 21st Century: A Professional's Guide for the Horseplayers Hardcover – August 3, 2009
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The chapters entitled "What's He Doing in Today's Race" and "The Mystery of Allowance Races" offer extremely valuable lessons in trainer intent and class, two factors that get downplayed in the current climate where the focus tends to be on speed figures, pace figures, and computer generated statistical analysis.
The chapter "To Bet or Not to Bet and How Much" is an integral walk through money management, a skill that even the most saavy handicapper often lacks.
In my opinion the book is not meant to be read from front to back, but instead better utilized by focusing on particular concepts, carefully reading and applying the same to your handicapping challenges.
A must read for any fan of the game.
The past performance illustrations are quite legible and easy to read, (which makes me wonder if Fat Philly needs glasses). . .The book also contains updated lists of potent turf sires, off track sires and some of the sires who have been producing high percentasge of winners on synthetic surfaces. There is so much good information in this book and it is so clearly presented that BETTING THOROUGHBREDS FOR THE 21ST CENTURY IS THE ABSOLUTE BEST BOOK I HAVE EVER READ ON THE SUBJECT OF HANDICAPPING.
It is even stronger than Davidowitz' prior two editions and more comprehensive than anything on the market. (I love the way he blended old illustrations with new ones here). . As a player of more than 1o years myself, I could not recommend this book more highly. Frankly, if you are hoping to improve your game or learn how to win, this is probably your best bet of the season. . .Larry Pick 6.
Horseplayers will love this latest edition for its clarity and balanced approach to the subject. With its many charts, tables, race examples, and past performance summaries this book is a must-have, must-read item for any serious horseplayer.
This book probably represents the most current book in the market with various appeals to novices and regular players as well. A long exhaustive book, users are encouraged to read its chapters in small doses instead of huge bites, as Davidowitz tends to be meticulously comprehesive on all topics.
As has been the author's playing experience, the book is comprehensive, diverse, and successful in its descriptions of the handicapping ideas and tools. I give it five stars and you will too.
James Quinn, Los Angeles
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Love this book. I grew up going to Del Mar and Santa Anita with my grandparents who had a basic understanding of how to read past performances and were willing to teach me. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Christopher C.
I would not pay a penny for anything Davidowitz writes. First of all he likes to write over
everyone head. No one can understand what this guy is trying to say. Read more
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