- Paperback: 448 pages
- Publisher: Intl Thoroughbred Superhighway Inc (August 8, 2000)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0967987024
- ISBN-13: 978-0967987026
- Package Dimensions: 9.8 x 6.9 x 1.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 31 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,021,786 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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...more useful information that is thoroughly explained and illustrated with examples than any handicapping book that I have read... -- J.H.
I ... can honestly say it is the best teaching tool I have ever seen on the subject of thoroughbred racing! -- Bob Harris, Reno NV
This book is the culmination of the pace handicapping movement of the 80s and 90s, but far more than that. -- Charles Carroll, author of Handicapping Speed
About the Author
Michael Pizzolla is an attorney by training and an avid professional-level handicapper. Michael has taught seminars on handicapping throughout the country, showing thousands of players a simpler way to handicap. Michael is recognized as one of the pioneers of computer handicapping and has with his colleague Eric Langjahr, created state-of-the-art computer software packages for handicappers.
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I believe the logic and mathematics presented in this book are the essentials of horse racing or handicapping. In my own words, Michael Pizzolla's method can be summarized as follows:-
Fulcrum pace number and PBS - a measurement of how competitive a horse is regarding early speed
PPF - a measurement of how competitive a horse is regarding its stretch/ final part of a race
Form Cycle Window - a review of past performance
Apart from the above numbers, the method introduced by Michael Pizzolla also takes into account the following factors:-
- pace and position
- chance vs odds
I believe the method introduced by Michael Pizzolla has undoubtedly taken into account all the important factors in horse racing. I must admit that I have not tried his method in Hong Kong as I am unable to do so. For instance, I do not have the second call beaten length figure so that I can calculate the Fulcrum pace number. However, the method of Mr Pizzolla is so logical that even without really trying it myself, I am so sure that his method do work on the track and in real life situation. Actually, I also follow the same logic as his method in horse handicapping in Hong Kong although I treat horse handicapping as an art instead of science (i.e. no numbers are calculated). I can tell you I had some fantastic experiences in the past and will continue to have more fantastic experiences in the future especially after reading this book.
My only reservation on this book is regarding the handicapping technique on turf racing in which only PPF is recommended to be used (i.e. only a horse¡¦s ability in the final part of a race is taken into account). I can surely tell you if you use this technique in Hong Kong turf racing, you will go broke very soon. Perhaps turf racing is not a main stream in US and hence handicapping technique on turf racing is not that matured (just like dirt racing in Hong Kong, people do not know much about how to evaluate the performance/ability of a horse).
Notwithstanding the above only reservation, I have no hesitation in giving five stars to this book! This book is a MUST read.
There are several tools which are described, some of which I have seen by other names from other authors and some of which are novel. The book is over 400 pages long, however like so many handicapping books, there is a lot of space wasted showing DRF entries and charts for the same races over and over again. The book also makes frequent references to software and other handicapping aids marketed by Michael Pizzolla.
Novel concepts presented include concept of fulcrum pace (and horse) and form cycle windows which are not treated elsewhere. These concepts can be applied to narrow a field of contenders and eliminate horses from consideration. The approaches are selection oriented and there is little treatment of value.
The book would be useful for someone looking for mechanical systems which they might use to select horses for various conditions.