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on April 21, 2008
This book was a complete waste of money and time. It took about an hour to read and was almost all fluff. The author used plenty of statistical data but never explained how and why to use it. He left the interpretation of the data up to the reader. A typical example of this would be: "Look at all the Beyer figures below. Do you see a pattern?" Uh, no, not really. Every single chapter was like this. I bought this book in hopes of gleaning a little insight into the upcoming Derby. What a mistake that was. Save your time and money and don't make the same mistake I made. Pass on this one.
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on May 16, 2015
Ok book, a lot of basics.
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on May 22, 2008
Once again, new book with nothing new. Don't let the title fool you. This book does not tell you how to bet on the Derby. It simply rehashes old information. What a giant disappointment!
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on May 2, 2008
I picked this up to see if it had any different approaches to handicapping the Derby. The author seems genuine in wanting to help someone select a horse and make a wager on it. If you are looking for a basic book on handicapping the Derby, check it out.
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on May 13, 2009
Concise, easy read for us recreational players looking for a good basic approach, especially to a graded stakes race such as the derby . Worth the nominal cost, never meant to be an all inclusive book on horse racing. Understandable with worthwhile insight, easy read that won't bore you with overkill information.
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on April 15, 2008
I could have written this book in a half and hour ... and since you clicked on a horse racing book, so could you! Very, very, very basic stuff and I'm sure you already know almost all of it. I am a gigantic Daily Racing Form fan (the publication and some of their other books) so this isn't a smear review. Use that $10 or $15 you were considering on using for this book for your wagers at the track.
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on May 24, 2009
If you have never bet on horse's before this is a good starting point. It's very basic and gives you an overview of how to bet in general. If you are looking for something meatier than look towards Andrew Beyer's books which breakdown how the Beyer numbers are actually formulated. It didn't help me with the derby this year but I did make $225 dollars off a $16 bet on the next day. That's better than Wall street right now so it's worth something.
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on January 28, 2009
I have about 75 books on horse racing and handicapping and this is one of the worst. There is enough meat for maybe one chapter. The rest is filler. Very disappointing. All I expect from a handicapping book is one idea that leads to a winning bet I wouldn't have had otherwise. I don't think this book meets even that low bar.
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on March 31, 2009
Great book. Not really for the beginning bettor. But once you get the basics, it is helpful with exotic betting. Timely arrival.
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