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Handicapping 101: A Horse Racing Primer Paperback – July 23, 2007


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Daily Racing Form; Revised edition (July 23, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1932910808
  • ISBN-13: 978-1932910803
  • Product Dimensions: 0.7 x 6.1 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,135,254 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By D. Kadonsky on June 15, 2009
Format: Kindle Edition
The content of this book is fantastic for someone almost completely new to racing, like me. It won't make me a world-class handicapper, but it's perfect for being able to look at a field of horses and somewhat confidently pick out a few likely contenders. If you already know the basics, you're not going to get much out of this book.

The wagering strategy is great for beginners and opens to the door on the world of exotics while giving a newbie some idea of the bankroll one needs to seriously play them.

The only reason I'm giving it 3 stars is because it's terrible on the Kindle 2. The author routinely uses actual Equibase horse program excerpts for making his points, but the print is tiny in real life, let alone the Kindle 2. Even with the Zoom function they're absolutely impossible to read.

The content on its own is still worth the price, but I wish I'd gone with a paper version.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By J. Harris on September 16, 2007
Format: Paperback
THE PERFECT INTRODUCTION TO THE ONLY SPORT WITH MORE STATISTICS THAN BASEBALL! THIS BOOK CAN HELP BOTH THE BETTOR WHO THINKS HE KNOWS IT ALL AS WELL AS THE BEGINNER TRYING TO UNDERSTAND THE BETTING SYSTEM.
WELL WRITTEN AND ENJOYABLE AS WELL AS INSTRUCTIVE.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Michael G. Hupp on September 3, 2009
Format: Paperback
I really enjoyed this book. I went to Delaware Park yesterday and lost about as much as a usually do. However, I felt much more comfortable reading the racing form and making bets.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Steven B on May 22, 2012
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This book belongs in the `Hall of Fame'
It will appeal to all three levels of handicappers.
The 98% of players that make up the novice to intermediate ranks are guaranteed to learn the fundamentals and then some from a professional.
The small percentage (2%) of those that have WORKED to the `Advanced' level of play will enjoy the entire read even if its main tenets are known. Its stories and the odd passage will enlighten even hard core players.
Handicapping skills will be sharpened like ballplayers going to spring training.
The author stresses the main building blocks in handicapping: Speed figures, pace match up, class, form.
Everything else has less weight and is ancillary.
People may stray from buying this book because of its simplistic-elementary title.
The one fault MANY horseplayers have is thinking they know it all and thus this book is not on their shelf.
It's a read for the grade school, high school and graduate student of handicappers.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on August 20, 2009
Format: Paperback
This is a must read for any person that is interested in horse racing. Start with the fundamentals Brad Free explains how to inturprit the past performance racing form wich is probably the most important information you need to consistantly bet on horses. Then He explains how to identify a long shot. So there you go.
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