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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: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #959,706 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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Very interesting. Can't put it down. I'll probably read it a few times as I feel like I'm learning a lot.
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Handicappers at all levels will benefit from this intelligent approach to handicapping. Should be remembered as a "classic" among handicapping books!
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