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View Poll Results: Which book(s) would you recommend to a Newbie" Up to 3
Picking Winners: A Horseplayer's Guide by Andrew Beyer 1994 19 23.75%
Betting on Horse Racing For Dummies by Richard Eng 4 5.00%
The Winning Horseplayer by Andrew Beyer 2007 6 7.50%
Betting Thoroughbreds by Steven Davidovitz and Andrew Beyer 1997 13 16.25%
Exotic Betting by Steven Crist 2006 11 13.75%
Bet With the Best by Andrew Beyer and Steve Davidowitz 2001 3 3.75%
Getting the Best of It by David Sklansky 1997 2 2.50%
How to WIN the PICK 6 by Steven Kolb 2009 1 1.25%
Betting Thoroughbreds for the 21st Century by Steve Davidowitz and Steven Crist 2009 7 8.75%
Finding The Hidden Horse: Tips, tricks, angles and secrets by William Davidson 2017 0 0%
The Blood-Horse Authoritative Guide to Betting Thorougbreds by the Blood-Horse staff 2005 1 1.25%
Profitable Horse Race Betting Using Stock Market Techniques by Aaron Ainslie and Woodbine Mike 2015 0 0%
Secrets of Professional Turf Betting by Robert L Bacon 1952 1 1.25%
Commonsense Betting by Dick Mitchell 1995 5 6.25%
Overlay, Overlay by Bill Heller 2004 0 0%
Thoroughbred Cycles by Mark Cramer 1990 12 15.00%
Handicapping 101 by Brad Free 2004 11 13.75%
Complete Idiot's Guide to Betting on Horses by Sharon B. Smith 1998 0 0%
Beyer on Speed by Andrew Beyer 2012 10 12.50%
Trifecta: The Business of Betting Thoroughbreds by Bobby Zen 2012 0 0%
Finding an Edge: A 21st century book by Ron Loftus 2014 1 1.25%
Winning without Thinking by Nick Mordin 2002 3 3.75%
Six Secrets of Successful Bettors by Frank R. Scatoni and Peter Thomas Fornatale 2005 7 8.75%
Money Secrets At The Racetrack Paperback by Barry Meadow 2000 12 15.00%
Smarter Bets - The Exacta Way by Keith Hoffman 2013 0 0%
Betting Maidens and 2-Year-Olds by Dan Illman 2005 0 0%
Winning Horseracing Handicapping by Chuck Badone 1999 0 0%
The Power of Early Speed by Steve Klein 2005 4 5.00%
Modern Pace Handicapping by Tom Brohamer 2000 20 25.00%
None, just go to the track. 4 5.00%
None, all are outdated 8 10.00%
Other (please specify) 18 22.50%
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Old 10-27-2017, 01:34 PM   #1
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Books for Newbies

For a newbie to the game, which books would you recommend them reading before going to the track? You can select up to three. If you have a suggestion not on this list, please keep it to a book that’s still in print.

You may be wondering why I made a poll out of this and didn’t just ask the question. Well, when just asking the question, people will tend to not suggest a book if it’s already been mentioned and readers won’t get a feel for what’s the most recommended.

In case there’s a problem reading the options, here’s my complete list:

Picking Winners: A Horseplayer's Guide by Andrew Beyer 1994
Betting on Horse Racing For Dummies by Richard Eng
The Winning Horseplayer by Andrew Beyer 2007
Betting Thoroughbreds by Steven Davidovitz and Andrew Beyer 1997
Exotic Betting by Steven Crist 2006
Bet With the Best by Andrew Beyer and Steve Davidowitz 2001
Getting the Best of It by David Sklansky 1997
How to WIN the PICK 6 by Steven Kolb 2009
Betting Thoroughbreds for the 21st Century by Steve Davidowitz and Steven Crist 2009
Finding The Hidden Horse: Tips, tricks, angles and secrets by William Davidson 2017
The Blood-Horse Authoritative Guide to Betting Thorougbreds by the Blood-Horse staff 2005
Profitable Horse Race Betting Using Stock Market Techniques by Aaron Ainslie and Woodbine Mike 2015
Secrets of Professional Turf Betting by Robert L Bacon 1952
Commonsense Betting by Dick Mitchell 1995
Overlay, Overlay by Bill Heller 2004
Thoroughbred Cycles by Mark Cramer 1990
Handicapping 101 by Brad Free 2004
The Complete Idiot's Guide to Betting on Horses by Sharon B. Smith 1998
Beyer on Speed by Andrew Beyer 2012
Trifecta: The Business of Betting Thoroughbreds by Bobby Zen 2012
Finding an Edge: A 21st century book for 21st century by Ron Loftus 2014
Winning without Thinking by Nick Mordin 2002
Six Secrets of Successful Bettors by Frank R. Scatoni and Peter Thomas Fornatale 2005
Money Secrets At The Racetrack Paperback by Barry Meadow 2000
Smarter Bets - The Exacta Way by Keith Hoffman 2013
Betting Maidens and 2-Year-Olds by Dan Illman 2005
Winning Horseracing Handicapping by Chuck Badone 1999
The Power of Early Speed by Steve Klein 2005
Modern Pace Handicapping by Tom Brohamer 2000
None, just go to the track.
None, all are outdated.
Other (please specify)

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Horse Racing Logic by Glendon Jones
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Scientific Handicapping

This book was copyrighted in 1963 but it contains almost all of our present day handicapping tools. It had speed and pace figure,weight earnings,trainer,jockey % and all in a clear concise manner. It only has 190 pages and is a quick read.
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Maxims and Methods of Pittsburg Phil, written over 100 years ago and 90% of it still holds true today. In my opinion, best book ever written on the game.
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Something I've observed from newbies is they will ask sometimes ask questions they are clearly derived from books that are a quarter of a century or more old. A typical question would be "When I add the variant # to the speed rating then...........". If a book is more then say 5 years old, it's probably best to hold it with a little cynicism. The game has changed a great deal since Tom Ainsley and it's changing everyday. Reading the classics is to be encouraged but in reading them remember the game has changed and will continue to.
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My "other" selection is:

The Handicapper's Condition Book, Revised: An Advanced Treatment of Thoroughbred Class
Dec 12, 2000
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Pace Makes The Race by Tom Hambleton

The Four Quarters Of Horse Investing by Steve Fierro

Extreme Pace Handicapping by Randy Giles

Calibration Handicapping by Jim Lehane

Math texts on ratios/regressions to the mean/knowledge of Excel

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My "other" selection is:

The Handicapper's Condition Book, Revised: An Advanced Treatment of Thoroughbred Class
Dec 12, 2000
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This was my other.
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Winning At The Track

For newbies, Winning At The Track, by David Christopher. I don't know if it's related to the software program or website of the same name, but it may be. Not sure why Mr. Christopher's name isn't attached to website, unless he's passed on. This little book is 30 years old, and while it doesn't always hone in on one winner, it does a good job at identifying exactas, tri's and supers. His use of speed ratings changed my mind on what's decent form vs. some of the more traditional definitions. From memory, he relies mostly on last race, or occasionally 2nd last race. I admit to thinking it was too simplistic on first look, but then I saw how it worked.
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I have both Calibration Handicapping and Power Pace I will sell at a discount.
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Which book(s) would you recommend to a Newbie" Up to 3
Picking Winners: A Horseplayer's Guide by Andrew Beyer 1994 - 23.75%
19 Votes
Betting on Horse Racing For Dummies by Richard Eng - 5.00%
4 Votes
The Winning Horseplayer by Andrew Beyer 2007 - 7.50%
6 Votes
Betting Thoroughbreds by Steven Davidovitz and Andrew Beyer 1997 - 16.25%
13 Votes
Exotic Betting by Steven Crist 2006 - 13.75%
11 Votes
Bet With the Best by Andrew Beyer and Steve Davidowitz 2001 - 3.75%
3 Votes
Getting the Best of It by David Sklansky 1997 - 2.50%
2 Votes
How to WIN the PICK 6 by Steven Kolb 2009 - 1.25%
1 Vote
Betting Thoroughbreds for the 21st Century by Steve Davidowitz and Steven Crist 2009 - 8.75%
7 Votes
Finding The Hidden Horse: Tips, tricks, angles and secrets by William Davidson 2017 - 0%
0 Votes
The Blood-Horse Authoritative Guide to Betting Thorougbreds by the Blood-Horse staff 2005 - 1.25%
1 Vote
Profitable Horse Race Betting Using Stock Market Techniques by Aaron Ainslie and Woodbine Mike 2015 - 0%
0 Votes
Secrets of Professional Turf Betting by Robert L Bacon 1952 - 1.25%
1 Vote
Commonsense Betting by Dick Mitchell 1995 - 6.25%
5 Votes
Overlay, Overlay by Bill Heller 2004 - 0%
0 Votes
Thoroughbred Cycles by Mark Cramer 1990 - 15.00%
12 Votes
Handicapping 101 by Brad Free 2004 - 13.75%
11 Votes
Complete Idiot's Guide to Betting on Horses by Sharon B. Smith 1998 - 0%
0 Votes
Beyer on Speed by Andrew Beyer 2012 - 12.50%
10 Votes
Trifecta: The Business of Betting Thoroughbreds by Bobby Zen 2012 - 0%
0 Votes
Finding an Edge: A 21st century book by Ron Loftus 2014 - 1.25%
1 Vote
Winning without Thinking by Nick Mordin 2002 - 3.75%
3 Votes
Six Secrets of Successful Bettors by Frank R. Scatoni and Peter Thomas Fornatale 2005 - 8.75%
7 Votes
Money Secrets At The Racetrack Paperback by Barry Meadow 2000 - 15.00%
12 Votes
Smarter Bets - The Exacta Way by Keith Hoffman 2013 - 0%
0 Votes
Betting Maidens and 2-Year-Olds by Dan Illman 2005 - 0%
0 Votes
Winning Horseracing Handicapping by Chuck Badone 1999 - 0%
0 Votes
The Power of Early Speed by Steve Klein 2005 - 5.00%
4 Votes
Modern Pace Handicapping by Tom Brohamer 2000 - 25.00%
20 Votes
None, just go to the track. - 5.00%
4 Votes
None, all are outdated - 10.00%
8 Votes
Other (please specify) - 22.50%
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