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Modern Pace Handicapping, Revised Hardcover – December 12, 2000
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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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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. I find combining the pace numbers with other solid handicapping methods will make you better -- much better.
If I was allowed to keep just one racing book, without thinking twice, Tom Brohammer's Modern Pace Handicapping would be the one. Feel free to e-mail me with more questions.
Brohamer's book is a work of art. He doesn't bore you to death about how he struggled in the 70's at betting horses and then one day started winning b/c he was enlightened w/some elaborate method to pick winners (which will of course cost $ to anyone dumb enough to pay for it). Those types of books are published everyday and rightfully deserve a permanent home in my trash-can. Unlike those self-proclaimed "experts," Brohamer gives it to you straight up front. This book is not for those players devoted to speed-figures as they should stick w/Beyer's speed figures like the rest of the betting public. This is an extensive analysis of pace-handicapping and Brohamer does an excellent job explaining every step to calculating a horses's predicted pace at difference segments in a race (1st call, 2d call, etc). It is a wonderful system based on Feet-Per-Second calculations and yes, it does require you to actually put the effort into calculating a horse's pace rating with a calculator, notepad and pencil. It requires A LOT of hard work to completely understand and apply the principles, but if you follow his advice, you will be able to analyze a horse's performance in an entirely different light and predict w/confidence how a horse may run in an upcoming race. I stress the word "may run" b/c horseracing involves a multitude of variables, each of which may affect the outcome of a race.
Im not saying this book is the greatest ever written or that you only need this one book to succeed, but it will definitely assist you in evaluating past-performances regardless of what methods you are currently using. His methods are clear. concise and the FPS calculations can be easily converted into an Excel Spreadsheet. In short, this is an excellent book and allowed me to look confidently into the face of my buddy and say that the 20-1 overlay at Monmouth Park would pass the field after the turn going into the stretch even though it was 19lengths behind the leader at the 1st call...when that horse did exactly that, I gave a silent "thank you" to Mr. Brohamer (as I walked to the cashier's window).
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not much use in Australia though you'll maybe pick up a few angles if that's what you need, even here