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Winning Moves: How To Win At Horse Racing Paperback – August 25, 2008

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"....a must-read by any serious player of the game."

Over the last several years, Daily Racing Form has ramped up their book division, DRF Press, and they've published a whole spate of excellent, innovative handicapping books that have given the horseplayer a wide and varied perspective of the game. They've done a good job of cornering the market with their strong brand, but every once in a while a book slips under the radar of the big publishing company and makes its own mark because of its excellent content. One such book was Dean Arnold's A Bettor Way; A Winner's Guide to Wagering on the Races, which was published in 2005. More recently , the handicapping book that has emerged from under-the-radar is Prentice Mannetter's Winning Moves; How To Win At Horse Racing.

Available for purchase at Amazon.com, Mannetter's book takes an overall look at the game, from the typical horseplaying staples like money management, record keeping, and exotic wagering, but it also provides some interesting twists. With chapters on stakes racing, particularly the Kentucky Derby and Preakness, as well as chapters the give specific handicapping advice and wagering strategies, Winning Moves has something for every level of player. Mannetter perhaps best known by Horseplayer Magazine readers as the author of "Betting the Pick 4; Three Big Mistakes Players Make and Effective Strategies for Small Bankrolls," which appeared in the January/February 2009 issue of this magazine, has a background in finance and likes to champion the notion of "catalysts"-unique approaches to handicapping that allow a player to land on a horse that most traditional handicappers wouldn't land on. Because Mannetter takes the contrarian approach, his advice is often fresh and controversial.

In short, Winning Moves is a worth addition to the handicapping genre and a must-read by any serious player of the game. --Horseplayer Magazine, March/April 2009 Issue

About the Author

Along with being published in HorsePlayer Magazine and Practical Punter, Prentice Mannetter has been inside the horse racing game for almost 20 years ago. Over the years he's been able to learn from some of the sharpest players in the game and shares those successful tips and methods in his new book.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 214 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (August 25, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1438287569
  • ISBN-13: 978-1438287560
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.5 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,213,376 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By B. Ciarochi on November 7, 2008
Format: Paperback
I've been following horse racing for a few years now and overall I was impressed by the book. I figure if I get one good idea from a book it's worth it.

I've read a lot of handicapping books so some of the information was review but it has enough new concepts to make it worthwhile. I've already won some races I would have missed.

I like the idea of handicapping with catalysts and the whole methodology is well laid out with full race examples. One of my pet peeves with other books is that they only show the horse they're talking about and not the whole race. I thought the section on exotic betting structure and money management was very valuable, I'm still trying to digest it all.

In summary; not everything in the book is new but I've been able to use some of the information to win races I wouldn't have before. It's changed the way I handicap turf and polytrack races. I still refer back to it and keep picking things up which is probably the best compliment I can give it.
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The first question to ask is, who is Prentice Mannetter and why would you buy a book from him purporting to tell you about how to win at horse racing? I'm afraid there is not much to reveal about that. The author doesn't write much about himself personally except to say he is not a "professional" horse player. That statement alone doesn't bother me as I think there are alot of "professional" horse players out there who seem to make lots of income by means other than wagering on horses. However many of these professionals do at least keep their sidelines in the realm of thoroughbred racing. The author does not elaborate on what his actual profession is. A Google search revealed nothing.

To the book itself. The author opens with a discussion of catalysts and changes. For those of you not familiar with what a catalyst actually is, it can be defined as an agent that facilitates change in another object without actually altering itself. Biologically, enzymes can be considered catalysts as they facilitate chemical reactions that are necessary for us to maintain our current state of animation.

Then the author lists and discusses various "catalysts" he believes will effect the outcome of a race. I use the term "catalysts" advisedly as I don't believe the author properly applies the definition, but this is mere semantics and, really, a minor quibble. What the author really describes are existing traits of the horse such as how fast can it run, or changes such as claims, class drops, equipment changes, etc. There is nothing really new here. In fact, the book started to remind me alot of "The One-Minute Handicapper" by Frank DiTondo, except the author didn't provide the neat charts and dry erase boards and markers.
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Unlike other handicapping writings that write three to four chapters on theories and other sleep aid type literature on their theories and what not, Prentice Mannetter dives right in to new ways to tackle the game using 'catalysts' as a way to gauge a horse's performance as well as separating the contenders from the pretenders.

Prentice even throws in a section for the weekend player who doesn't have the time or resources as his professional counterpart does and there's no shortage of race card examples to walk you through.

The chapter on race shapes is worth the price of the book many times over.

And the the author doesn't leave you there, he gives you money management skills and shows you what makes the winning players winners, but more importantly the traps that makes most players losers year in and year out.

If you're looking for an edge to this hard game that's already difficult to find nowadays with the advent of computer technology, get your thinking cap on, sharpen your pencil and go for Winning Moves!
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