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Old 09-24-2018, 12:05 PM   #1
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Handicapping books useful for a 16 year old

I am looking on returning my book "Investing at the Racetrack" to Amazon, but I was wondering if any of the titles below would be useful for a 16 year old. PLEASE REPLAY!
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Betting Thoroughbreds: A Professional's Guide for the Horseplayer: Second Revised Edition

Winning Horseracing Handicapping: Secrets of a Successful Horseracing Handicapper

Handicapping Thoroughbreds - Lets Keep It Simple: Handicapping Horses Made Simple

The Horse Racing Guide To The Galaxy - Color Edition The Kentucky Derby - Preakness - Belmont: The Must Have Thoroughbred Race Track Handicapping & Betting Book For Beginners. (sounds good but no reviews)

Ainslie's Complete Guide to Thoroughbred Racing

The Perfect Speed Handicapping System

Handicapping the Wall Street Way: Picking Xtra Winners at the Track

Off the Charts: Turning Result Charts into Profitable Selections at the Track

Expert Handicapping: Winning Insights into Betting Thoroughbreds

Handicapping Speed: The Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse Sprinters

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Any other books would be great! Thanks.
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Personally I do not have any of those title's. Suggestions would be

Beyer on Speed-Beyer

Figure Handicapping-Quinn

Extreme Pace Handicapping-Giles


Books that should be written.

CJ on Speed and Pace.

How to Handicap a Race Perfectly, and Bet it Totally Wrong
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The Handicapping Speed book, by Charles Carroll, is very good.

If not that one, get the Davidowitz book.
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Whatever you do, don't go the conventional route to start, that road has no profit in it......Go outside the box, go contrarian, and read Kinky Handicapping by Mark Cramer.
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Shouldn't you be reading SCHOOLBOOKS at 16 years-old?
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As a handicapper for 35 years, my two favorite books during my formative years may have been

Modern Pace handicapping by Brohamer and

Pace makes the Race by Sartin, Pizzolla, Hambleton and Schmidt

They gave me the nuts and bolts of handicapping rather than the anecdotal.

Today I have my own style of handicapping which is derived largely from my own experience. Things I see everyday in handicapping yet never seen anyone address in all the handicapping books I've read nor even talk much about on this board. (Don't ask what)
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Shouldn't you be reading SCHOOLBOOKS at 16 years-old?
I donít have textbooks or any books to read this semester.
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Kids no longer read.


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The Handicapping Speed book, by Charles Carroll, is very good.

If not that one, get the Davidowitz book.
Carroll's book is one of the best. He debunks the myth that 1 length is equal to 1/5 second and explains how a Thoroughbred length is 8 feet. The commonly accepted 10 feet is for Clydesdales. He even discusses how Chaos Theory applies to racing and does everything with great wit. I used to use his speed figures and found them very good.

Quirin's Winning at the Races is also excellent and overall the most informative book on handicapping I've read. Great books for any age.
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Whatever you do, don't go the conventional route to start, that road has no profit in it......Go outside the box, go contrarian, and read Kinky Handicapping by Mark Cramer.
Agree with that.

As soon as the kid understands that money makes the mare-go-round, introduce the kid to the stock market.
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I am looking on returning my book "Investing at the Racetrack"
Good Idea.

"Total Victory at the Track" same thing.

I even threw away my Yellow Sartin Manual-- and could go on.

The best book for everyone is Handicapping Magic.
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Beyer on Speed-Beyer

My copy many years old has been bookmarked and marked in yellow.


anything by Mark Cramer are definite reads too.....


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I donít have textbooks or any books to read this semester.
Then get a math textbook and read it. When you get to college take a course in statistics.

It amazes me that writers of most handicapping books don't seem to know math. They take pages to explain how to do a calculation that could be expressed in a single formula. Some may be trying to dumb it down for their readers. Maybe they get paid by the word.

Ainslie's Complete Guide to Thoroughbred Racing is a must read just for the background if nothing else.

The best is Winning at the Race Track by William Quirin. You have to be able to handle the math.

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From what you have written about your handicapping, you do not need a handicapping book.

What you need to do is learn when to bet your picks & which pool/s to bet into.
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From what you have written about your handicapping, you do not need a handicapping book.

What you need to do is learn when to bet your picks & which pool/s to bet into.
I'll go with that.

Sounds subjective.

Kind of like "you pays your money and you takes your choice/chance."

(Something else I've heard.) not read.
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