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BeatTheChalk
08-18-2008, 04:05 PM
I have never seen it .. but did hear of it years ago. There is one available
for around 35 bucks. The person selling it has no idea if the book is any
good :bang:

So the question is ...Should I roll the dice and buy it ? It was first sold
.. at Least 40 years ago and maybe more.

UncleBuck
08-18-2008, 11:56 PM
I don't recall anything specific on the daily double, but Norman Ford's methods
are mentioned in some old Phillips Racing Newsletters I have. Will look through
them tomorrow.

I recall a mention that old Lou Holloway didn't think much of Norman Ford's
methods.

HUSKER55
08-19-2008, 12:29 AM
Offer him $5. If he says no then skip it. If the book has collectors value that is another issue.

I suggest going to used book stores and garage sales and such. You would be amazed at what is there.

husker55

:)

UncleBuck
08-19-2008, 01:30 PM
Checked my copies of Phillips Racing Newsletter and Norman Ford's Methods are
mentioned in the February 1980 issue which I found and the March 1980 issue
which I have not yet found.

Comments from readers include:
"Ford taught me that speed is a resultant of many other factors and that only
by strict comparison could the fastest horse today emerge as a selection."

"By the way, I'm sure you know that Larry Voegele stole Ford's method 100%.
Uni-Scoe was an attempt to put the ratings methods of Ford into one figure-
class, drop pct., finishes, consistency. His spot play was a combination of old
weight plus odds and his Uni-Score (It also was just fair). Actually, I feel people
are wasting their time fooling with Ford's methods. For three years they never
made me a dime."

"Lou Holloway's old rating method, TOTE-ALL, is light years better. Why don't
you dig that up?"

Phillips (Russ Dietrich) then gives Lou Hollway's TOTE-ALL method.

I was mistaken in my comment that Lou Holloway didn't think much of Ford's
methods. Phillips' actual comment was that Lou Holloway makes no mention
of Norman Ford or his Force Method in Lou's 1962 Giant System book.

Years ago Gambler's Book Club published/sold a booklet entitled "How to Bet
the Horses." It was ghost written by Lou Holloway, I have a copy and it also
includes Lou's TOTE-ALL Rating Method.

If anyone wants a copy of Lou Holloway's TOTE-ALL method, contact me.

Donnie
08-20-2008, 12:45 AM
Jeez.....I have, I think, the entire 34 or 35 book set of handicapping by Norman Ford......

Wonder if I can get $35 per book? It is an entire set of lessons on handicapping and it covers EVERYTHING!

RaceBookJoe
08-20-2008, 11:57 AM
Checked my copies of Phillips Racing Newsletter and Norman Ford's Methods are
mentioned in the February 1980 issue which I found and the March 1980 issue
which I have not yet found.

Comments from readers include:
"Ford taught me that speed is a resultant of many other factors and that only
by strict comparison could the fastest horse today emerge as a selection."

"By the way, I'm sure you know that Larry Voegele stole Ford's method 100%.
Uni-Scoe was an attempt to put the ratings methods of Ford into one figure-
class, drop pct., finishes, consistency. His spot play was a combination of old
weight plus odds and his Uni-Score (It also was just fair). Actually, I feel people
are wasting their time fooling with Ford's methods. For three years they never
made me a dime."

"Lou Holloway's old rating method, TOTE-ALL, is light years better. Why don't
you dig that up?"

Phillips (Russ Dietrich) then gives Lou Hollway's TOTE-ALL method.

I was mistaken in my comment that Lou Holloway didn't think much of Ford's
methods. Phillips' actual comment was that Lou Holloway makes no mention
of Norman Ford or his Force Method in Lou's 1962 Giant System book.

Years ago Gambler's Book Club published/sold a booklet entitled "How to Bet
the Horses." It was ghost written by Lou Holloway, I have a copy and it also
includes Lou's TOTE-ALL Rating Method.

If anyone wants a copy of Lou Holloway's TOTE-ALL method, contact me.

I think that GBC still sells "How to Bet the Horses" for $1. Very old-schoo but well worth the $1. LGH's "Tote-all" method was very good, especially when it came out, i have everything he ever wrote ( he had a couple of versions of the tote-all plan). His stuff is obviously dated but the basic info is good and thats where I cut my teeth on handicapping. I learned basic speed ratings and the basics of pace from LGH. I still use his wagering plan and still "do what others say cant be done". My favorite quote from him was " those with the best knowledge, have the best luck". rbj