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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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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Daily Racing Form; Rev Upd edition (December 12, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0964849372
  • ISBN-13: 978-0964849372
  • Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 1.2 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #836,936 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By J. Wolf on December 20, 2004
Format: Hardcover
Class, form, speed, jockey, trainers and conditions: all aspects of handicapping. But Pace Makes the Race right? Isn't that what we always hear? Tom Brohammer's Modern Pace Handicapping unravels the mysteries of pace and identifies and quantifies the 'race within the race."

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.
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Format: Hardcover
This easy-to-read, yet thorough guide to the basics of the Sartin Methodology is worth a read for anyone interested in pace handicapping. A must-have reference tool for anyone involved with Sartin
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To put it plain and simple... If you play the horses regularly and do not own this book, you deserve to lose. If you play for recreation, it's fine to lose consistently. But if you attack the track 5 days a week like me, it takes a higher level of confidence to go back again and again. And you only go back if you're winning. This book is essential for winning. Without it you leave yourself in the dark about countless things which make the track so complex. We're not playing blackjack here. (In no specific order) Track bias, Pace, Form, Sartin, Decision Model, and many other topics make this book one of the best. Do not read at your own risk. It's your money.
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A highly complex methodology for taking a horses running time and lengths behind and developing powerful pace numbers. With a little effort Brohamer's book can be translated into an Excel based spreadsheet for calculating an entire field's pace rating in under a minute. About the only thing really missing from the book is a detailed discussion of using the methodology in betting.
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I never write reviews of books i've read. However, this book is excellent if you're a serious handicapper. When i first started handicapping races, i jumped right into the "classics" (Beyer's books on speed figure computations, Quinn's books on class/form, Doctor Sartin's works on pace, etc.). After only a few months studying/applying various methods/strategies regarding speed handicapping, form, class, jockey-trainer combos, thoroughbred cycles, etc., I quickly realized that I wanted to know more than just what a horse's Beyer Speed Figure was in previous races. Then I came across Brohamer's book on pace and it literally changed the way I view horse races, and it has proven to be invaluable to me. This is not a book for someone looking to read cute anecdotes about horse racing and then provide "strategies" or "tips" to picking winners, those works are left for the majority of the betting public that wants to learn someone's self-proclaimed "secrets" to handicapping in 10 minutes or less-waste your money on those books/articles/programs if you want, I personally hope you do b/c horse racing is based on parimutuel betting...so i'm essentially betting against you if we are betting the same race.

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.
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If you are serious about horseracing and want to beat the public, this is the book for you. Tom Brohamer introduction to the reader of Dr. Howard Sartin's methodology on pace handicapping will change the way you look at horse racing forever. After reading this book you may want to find out more about Sartin methodology, and eventually obtain an easy to use computer program to make your handicapping job much easier and more effective. I hit a $2400 trifecta using this method last month.
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