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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 22 22.00%
Betting on Horse Racing For Dummies by Richard Eng 6 6.00%
The Winning Horseplayer by Andrew Beyer 2007 8 8.00%
Betting Thoroughbreds by Steven Davidovitz and Andrew Beyer 1997 16 16.00%
Exotic Betting by Steven Crist 2006 13 13.00%
Bet With the Best by Andrew Beyer and Steve Davidowitz 2001 4 4.00%
Getting the Best of It by David Sklansky 1997 2 2.00%
How to WIN the PICK 6 by Steven Kolb 2009 1 1.00%
Betting Thoroughbreds for the 21st Century by Steve Davidowitz and Steven Crist 2009 10 10.00%
Finding The Hidden Horse: Tips, tricks, angles and secrets by William Davidson 2017 2 2.00%
The Blood-Horse Authoritative Guide to Betting Thorougbreds by the Blood-Horse staff 2005 1 1.00%
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 1.00%
Commonsense Betting by Dick Mitchell 1995 7 7.00%
Overlay, Overlay by Bill Heller 2004 0 0%
Thoroughbred Cycles by Mark Cramer 1990 15 15.00%
Handicapping 101 by Brad Free 2004 15 15.00%
Complete Idiot's Guide to Betting on Horses by Sharon B. Smith 1998 0 0%
Beyer on Speed by Andrew Beyer 2012 12 12.00%
Trifecta: The Business of Betting Thoroughbreds by Bobby Zen 2012 0 0%
Finding an Edge: A 21st century book by Ron Loftus 2014 1 1.00%
Winning without Thinking by Nick Mordin 2002 3 3.00%
Six Secrets of Successful Bettors by Frank R. Scatoni and Peter Thomas Fornatale 2005 10 10.00%
Money Secrets At The Racetrack Paperback by Barry Meadow 2000 17 17.00%
Smarter Bets - The Exacta Way by Keith Hoffman 2013 0 0%
Betting Maidens and 2-Year-Olds by Dan Illman 2005 1 1.00%
Winning Horseracing Handicapping by Chuck Badone 1999 1 1.00%
The Power of Early Speed by Steve Klein 2005 4 4.00%
Modern Pace Handicapping by Tom Brohamer 2000 25 25.00%
None, just go to the track. 4 4.00%
None, all are outdated 8 8.00%
Other (please specify) 20 20.00%
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Old 11-05-2017, 11:11 PM   #31
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Old 11-06-2017, 04:01 PM   #32
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Ainslie

How can you not include Ainslie's Complete Guide to Thoroughbred Racing?????

Or ANY of his other books.

Why list Andy Beyer at the top of the list?

He's going to get extra votes just for that.
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Old 11-06-2017, 04:22 PM   #33
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I picked Beyer as much for his insight into the game and because I like his stories and actually has some literary skill! I like Quinn because he has an intense grasp on the game and writes like they are textbooks. I wish Beyer would write a big fat 1,000 pager on just racetrack experiences. I know he's got it in him! Andy whatta ya say brother?!
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Sandy this is a great book. His turf thoughts which are few I don't agree with but applying the fulcrum concept to turf races more than any exposes pretenders. It was my saving grace at Saratoga!
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For newbies and oldies
How To Win At The Race$ by Sam(the Genius)Lewin -1969-
and The War of Art by Steven Pressfield -2002-

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One book that I WOULD'T recommend to a newcomer is Beyer's PICKING WINNERS. The notion that the Beyer figures are "the Way, the Truth and the Light", while class and pace have "nothing to do" with the race-results that we see...could cause irreversible damage to the novice player's bankroll.
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Ainslie's Complete Guide to Thoroughbred Racing gets the nod from me.
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One book that I WOULD'T recommend to a newcomer is Beyer's PICKING WINNERS. The notion that the Beyer figures are "the Way, the Truth and the Light", while class and pace have "nothing to do" with the race-results that we see...could cause irreversible damage to the novice player's bankroll.
I have known some very successful figure players who ignore the pace and class.
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I have known some very successful figure players who ignore the pace and class.
They must have trainers like the late Bobby Frankel whispering in their ears.
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Ainslie's Complete Guide to Thoroughbred Racing gets the nod from me.
me too
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I feel like in the world of super trainers, rebates, contests, drugs, etc that a lot of those older books have fallen by the way side.
Very diplomatic. You’re exactly right 👍
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All those books are great for basic handicapping. Didn't we all run out of books for the most part before we realized that there was slim pickins on being a great bettor? Many of the handicappers confessed that they didn't play much. Targeting a meet or two per year. Learning the landscape of available tracks and times and where you are good or bad and having something to sink your teeth into regularly during different seasons of the year is huge too. When I first got on here I was glad to get Scooby Snacks from my peers for being a decent handicapper but it didn't take long to realize I was not a great bettor! And after a lengthy stop play in 2015 I am only starting to realize that I am becoming a smarter player. After 21 years! The mentoring here helps. I can be social and antisocial at times on track. Not exactly the consistency required to develop sustained learning relationships.
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I went with the two BEYERS and one Davidowitz.

cycles by Cramer, and Brohamer Modern pace handicapping

after those 3 are fully digested,

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I posted this link in another forum of this site...but I think that it fits here too. A great place for the beginning player to visit, IMO...and also good for a revisit by the "grizzled veterans" among us. Plenty of handicapping and betting information...without any effort or cost attached in order to avail ourselves of it.

http://www.handicapping.com/library/
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This isn't going to be a popular post, but honestly, it's a great book for a newbie.

"Betting on Horse Racing for Dummies" by Richard Eng.

Yeah, I know. Those "Dummie" books are for real dummies, right? I used to think that, but honestly, this is a truly well written book. Eng is a good author and his 20 years as Turf Editor and Handicapper for the Las Vegas Review-Journal gives him a good foundation to write this book. His style of writing is concise, fact-filled and yet fun to read.

I read this book about 5 years ago on a whim.... I think it was on super special on Amazon Kindle, so I went for it. I have read all the popular books over the years, and really tried to read this book as if I knew NOTHING about handicapping or horse racing in general. I have to say, it would be (IMO of course) a GREAT book for a newbie.

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