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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Daily Racing Form; Rev Upd edition (December 12, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0964849372
  • ISBN-13: 978-0964849372
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 6.6 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #318,581 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Brohamer used the Sartin methodology of pace handicapping to develop his own technique for handicapping horse races. His system considers running styles, turn times, track variants, energy distribution, and par times in predicting race strategy and outcome. Daily Racing Form charts (not seen) illustrate the book. Brohamer relies on a hand-held calculator to compound ratings and generate energy percentages, something that may scare away weekend handicappers unwilling to devote hours to mathematical figuring and Form chartkeeping. Recommended for serious handicappers and libraries with strong racing collections.
- Susan Hamburger, Vir ginia State Lib. & Archives, Richmond
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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As an Owner of the book, I think it is very well written and is very empirical.
JSWRACE
Brohamer clearly and succintly outlines his tenents of pace handicapping and makes it easy to convert running times into meaningful handicapping information.
"wooleyledo"
I have been seeking and reading as much as I can find on handicapping and rate this #1.
Paul N. Upchurch

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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Eric E on March 23, 2000
Format: Hardcover
To put it plain and simple... If you play the horses regularly and do not own this book, you deserve to lose. If you play for recreation, it's fine to lose consistently. But if you attack the track 5 days a week like me, it takes a higher level of confidence to go back again and again. And you only go back if you're winning. This book is essential for winning. Without it you leave yourself in the dark about countless things which make the track so complex. We're not playing blackjack here. (In no specific order) Track bias, Pace, Form, Sartin, Decision Model, and many other topics make this book one of the best. Do not read at your own risk. It's your money.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 24, 1996
Format: Hardcover
This easy-to-read, yet thorough guide to the basics of the Sartin Methodology is worth a read for anyone interested in pace handicapping. A must-have reference tool for anyone involved with Sartin
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By J. Wolf on December 20, 2004
Format: Hardcover
Class, form, speed, jockey, trainers and conditions: all aspects of handicapping. But Pace Makes the Race right? Isn't that what we always hear? Tom Brohammer's Modern Pace Handicapping unravels the mysteries of pace and identifies and quantifies the 'race within the race."

Since reading this book, my understanding of each race has dramatically increased: so have my winnings. Brohammer methodically lays out the methods of the famous Sartin Methodology and adds a few of his own to augment this system. Since June, 04, when I began to apply the tenents of pace handicapping, my win rate has increased a full 12%. My ROI has more than doubled. In September, I won the NTRA pick 4. I have won three pick threes and a pick 4's in a row on two separate occasions -- on simple combinations, i.e. cheap, little bets. Hardly a weekend goes by where I don't win at least one pick 3.

Yes, pace handicapping often identifies the longer shot left alone by the crowd. It's not uncommon for a 9-1 shot to display the best pace numbers --

Since reading this book, I find myself betting more confidently and freely. Brohammer demonstrates how to lay out a Prediction Model. At the 1/2 mile, I am confident who will be in the lead, who will be 2 lengths back and who will be closing strong.

Some reviewers think the system is complicated and involves a lot of math and calculations. It is not that complicated, but it is tedious. But with a knowledge of addition, subtraction, division and multiplication along with a hand-held calculator, everyone should pick up the system pretty easily.

A word of caution: this is not the Holy Grail. The temptation is to forget all the other handicapping factors and simply go by the pace numbers: this isnt always successful.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 10, 1998
Format: Hardcover
A highly complex methodology for taking a horses running time and lengths behind and developing powerful pace numbers. With a little effort Brohamer's book can be translated into an Excel based spreadsheet for calculating an entire field's pace rating in under a minute. About the only thing really missing from the book is a detailed discussion of using the methodology in betting.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Paul Hughes, M.D. on November 19, 1999
Format: Hardcover
If you are serious about horseracing and want to beat the public, this is the book for you. Tom Brohamer introduction to the reader of Dr. Howard Sartin's methodology on pace handicapping will change the way you look at horse racing forever. After reading this book you may want to find out more about Sartin methodology, and eventually obtain an easy to use computer program to make your handicapping job much easier and more effective. I hit a $2400 trifecta using this method last month.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By "redfebt" on July 16, 2002
Format: Hardcover
Since reading Modern Pace Handicapping I have really increased my winnings at the track. I hit a [money] trifecta because of this book. It has an excellent way of explaining pace. The calculations aren't too difficult but it does take lots of time before the races to determine the best horses. This was a great investment but it is for serious handicappers. Great Book.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Marc A. Mojica on October 27, 2002
Format: Hardcover
Modern Pace Handicapping is the most helpful handicapping book I have read so far. It's an advanced text, not easy reading. I took a month off from the track to study this book. When I returned, my play was much improved. While Modern Pace Handicapping is not the path to instant riches, it certainly points the way to more success. My most satisfying success so far was on Breeder's Cup Day, 2002. By using Brohamer's pace numbers, I saw that Volponi was a better horse than the experts were giving him credit for, and I bet him to win the Breeder's Cup Classic. He won at 43-1, and paid $89. Not bad.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Paul N. Upchurch on February 20, 2001
Format: Hardcover
If you want be a winning horseplayer you need an understanding of pace. This is the BEST explanation of pace I have ever read. The method takes work and does not pick winners but gives you an analysis of the race the average bettor does not have. You can find the true cotenders which gives you the opportuntiy to find overlays. The analysis helps to identify underlays which can result in big payoffs in exotics. I have been seeking and reading as much as I can find on handicapping and rate this #1.
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