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2.0 out of 5 stars Nothing complete about it..., June 18, 2009
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This review is from: Harnessing Winners: The Complete Guide to Handicapping Harness Races (Paperback)
Let's face it, there isn't a lot out there in the way of harness racing handicapping literature, especially in light of how much has exploded on to the scene for thoroughbred handicappers over the last 10 years. For many of us, who play the t-breds and are at least somewhat interested in what's happening when TVG makes the flip from Hollywood Park to the Meadowlands and Yonkers, it would be nice if there was a harness racing version of Brad Free's excellent Handicapping 101, which was coincidentally also put out by DRF Press.

Frankly, that was my expectation for this book, since DRF doesn't handle standardbred racing, that their first harness racing book would be an introductory level book. The cover certainly suggests this, as well. However, the reality is that Brower made absolutely no effort to explain how a harness race works or the strategy that goes into a race. The one time he talked about who was more likely to go to the front in a race, he didn't talk at all about what he saw in the past performances to indicate that his horse was likely to be able to get position on the others. He didn't even bother to explain the difference between trotting and pacing. He uses plenty of harness-racing jargon to explain the running positions during the course of the race but doesn't bother, even in the glossary. Brower's presentation of his game makes it look much more arcane, not less.

In the end, this one left me knowing no more about harness racing than I did before I read it. I'll leave playing the buggies to others.
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