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Commonsense Handicapping: the Logical, Left-Brained Approach to Winning at the Races Hardcover – December 31, 1993


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  • Hardcover: 301 pages
  • Publisher: Bonus Books Inc; 1st edition (December 31, 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0688113621
  • ISBN-13: 978-0688113629
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.1 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #358,533 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 23, 1998
Format: Hardcover
Dick Mitchell's book is a very good read. He shows how to choose the logical contenders in a race as well as eliminate the false favorites. This alone can swing your profit margin way up. He explains the importance of pars and track profiles. Some of his automatic throw outs may seem in contradiction to everything you previously learned, but after you try them you will be amazed as to the accuracy of these few tips. The information learned from this book when used in conjunction with the Gordon Pine par times has greatly increased my bankroll.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By luvtoheartheblues on November 17, 2010
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I heard about this book on TVG as it was recommended by Rich Perloff. I loved it mostly because of its analytical approach, which I can totally understand. It breaks down many items that other books touch on, but don't explain in detail. I can totally see how you can incorporate the information into spreadsheets for quick analysis. I learned several techniques to add to my handicapping abilities. I am by no means an expert on the subject, but I did learn one technique that paid out quite handsomely on an exacta I played at the Breeders Cup.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Flack53 on December 4, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Mitchell's books on thoroughbred handicapping are among the best out there, and this one is a must-read for any serious horseplayer. Mitchell was a mathematics professor before he turned his attention to horseracing, and he is adept at explaining complex handicapping principles in ways that anyone can understand. His exploration of turf racing, which is a puzzle to many horseplayers, is worth the cost of this book alone (note: if you want to hit some solid overlays on the grass, absorb his theory on calculating turf ability times in chapter 11...it has served me well over the years). His treatment of exacta wagering and money management are also valuable. Rest in peace, Mr. Mitchell!
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