10 Books for Success With Horse Racing

Horse Racing can be difficult to get started in for the novice learning about form, track conditions and which jockey is doing well at the moment. For those of you looking to get a leg up here is list of ten of the best books to help you improve your knowledge of horse racing. This list is totally subjective and opinion of the best books will differ. I invite you to post any other books that you might feel are beneficial to the other members.

1. Handicapping 101: A Horse Racing Primer, Brad Free (2007)

Winning at the races doesn’t mean you need an advanced IQ, but only that you have a basic knowledge of racing mechanics–this book teaches you that. Free’s basics of handicapping are easy for a beginner to understand as well as being a refresher for the veteran horseplayer. This book explains how a horse’s individual characteristics such as health, habits, and degree of ability all come into effect when deciding whether or not to bet on that horse. A horseplayer who learns how to recognize and use the characteristics of the horse can then realizethat winning bets are in his or her future. This primer gives practical ways to pick winners and avoid losers.

2. Betting On Horse Racing, Richard Eng (2005)

Want to be able to go to the racetrack with a group of friends and feel like you know what you’re doing? Want to be able to place smarter bets that increase your chance of going home with dollars in your pocket? Reading this book answers those questions for you. With more than 20 years’ experience in the horse racing industry, Eng focused this book on learning how to bet and how to increase your odds of winning. He doesn’t specifically go too in-depth into handicapping skills. This book teaches you how to read the race forms, which serious bettors use to increase their odds of winning. There is an excellent glossary at the end where the author explains all industry terminology so that you can understand every word he uses to describe the horse racing experience.

3. The Complete Handicapper, James Quinn (2013)

This book can help the beginning horseplayer as well as the experienced handicapper. It has been said that it is required reading for anyone who is serious about placing more winning than losing bets. James Quinn has over 40 years of experience in the horse racing industry and has set out the most important basic handicapping skills he’s learned through those years as well as the new ideas he’s learned in this 21st centuryof thoroughbred racing, all in this one book.

4. How To Turn Any Racetrack Into Your Own Money Machine (And Be Just One of the 2% That Do), Greg Boomer Wry (2005)

The world of horse-race handicapping can be very exciting, and this book helps to open it up to you. It is designed to teach you all there is to know about handicapping horse races, from learning solid betting strategies, to successfully managing your money so you have better chances to succeed. Through it, you will learn skills to last a lifetime. This inclusive book uses very understandable terms which are defined and explained, at times by giving examples. You will learn how to analyze a race by reading and understanding The Daily Racing Form and grading each horse to determine whether or not to bet on the race.

5. Bet With The Best: Expert Strategies From America’s Leading Handicappers, DFR Press (2001)

At the time it was published, it was the most comprehensive book on handicapping thoroughbred horse races to be published in over a decade.With nine different chapters written by nine different authors on nine different topics of the horse racing world, this book will appeal to beginners as well as expert handicappers. Example chapters are Beyer on Simulcasting, Quinn on Class, and Brohamar on Pace. If you don’t want to purchase 9 separate books on these 9 separate topics, then this book will be a good place to start to begin learning about each of them.

6. Betting Thoroughbreds for the 21st Century: A Professional Guide For the Horseplayers, Steven Davidowitz (2009)

This book is the revised and updated third edition to the author’s classic “Betting Thoroughbreds”, first published over three decades ago. The book is so popular and has such dedicated followers among both new racing fans and veteran players, that it has been the horse racing industry standard for handicapping for decades.This newly revised edition explains recent industry changes, such as synthetic surfaces, ‘super trainers’, wagering syndicates, computer software programs, and more. Have you ever looked at the past performance of a horse and wondered what it was doing in the race today? This book will answer that question as well as countless others. Diverse topics such as track bias to trainer intent are among those covered. This industry-standard handicapping book will become a favorite read for beginning horseplayers as well as a welcome refresher for experienced horseplayers.

7.The Best of Thoroughbred Handicapping: Advice on Handicapping, James Quinn (1987).

Quinn’s book contains 48 essays by some of the most knowledgeable thoroughbred handicappers, including Tom Ainslie, Andrew Beyer, William Quirin, and himself. Individual essays explainthat author’s system and give examples of how each works. Some of the systems are too complex to condense into one chapter, and the essays difficult to follow. But generally, the essays stimulate the horseplayer’s appetite to read the original books which are listed in an annotated bibliography. Topics ranging from betting strategy to pace handicapping to visual analysis of the horses in the paddock make this encompassing collection of writings useful to every type of handicapper. If you are looking for a well-rounded book on handicapping methodologies, this may be the one.

8. Exotic Betting: How To Make The Multihorse, Multirace Bets And Win Racing’s Bigger Payoffs, Steve Crist (2006)

“Handicapping a race is only half the battle, betting is the other”. Crist’s strategy teaches the horseplayer to make the most money by betting on numerous exotic bets, including the daily double, exacta, trifecta, quinella, superfecta, pick 3, 4, and 6. Crist says this book is not about picking winners at the trackbut teaches that how to bet is as important as who you like–especially in the 21st-century world of horse racing where new ways to bet such as the superfecta and pick four have surpassed the routine win, place, and show betting of days’ past. Both serious and casual horseplayers will benefit from understanding the strategies and mechanics of making these exotic bets.

9. Modern Pace Handicapping, Tom Brohamer (2000).

“Pace makes the race” is one of the oldest sayings you will hear at a racetrack, and this book is the go-to book on pace handicapping. For beginners, reading about running style will give insight into how the race will be run and which horses will benefit from the likely pace scenario. For experts, the Sartin Methodologychapter sets out a new method of analyzing the pace of a race. The author used the Sartin Methodologyto develop his own technique for handicapping horse races. He looked at running styles, turn times, track variants, energy distribution, and par times in predicting race strategy and outcome. Daily Racing Form charts are placed throughout the book.

10. Ainslie’s Complete Guide to Thoroughbred Racing, Tom Ainslie (1988)

This third edition is referred to as the “most complete, comprehensive and reliable guide to handicapping and understanding thoroughbred racing”. Even though some of its ideas may sound outdated by today’s racing standards, countless generations of people cut their teeth on the basic handicapping skills Ainslie teaches–skills necessary to help you become ‘expert handicappers’ and to be able to consistently pick winners at the track. Some of the basics the author covers are class, distance, form, speed, track conditions, jockeys and trainers, and breeding.

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Books on Golf – Check Out My Collection

Being a golf nut it was natural for me to collect a number of books on the subject. In fact I have thirty two. This collection is eclectic in the sense that it covers about every aspect of the game that has been written about. Some of these books were given to me, but most were purchased over my years of chasing this crazy game. (Or is it the game makes you crazy?)

For the interest of other golf nuts looking for a good book on the game to read, I have categorized my collection by subject. Admittedly, you can argue about my categorization, but it should provide some help to anyone looking for a particular aspect of the game. Below my collection is divided into the following categories.

• Historical (Old writings on the game)

• Collections of Commentaries and Quotes by Writers and Players

• Instruction

• The Mental Side of the Game

• Course Architecture

• Humor

Historical: These are reprints of three of the oldest known books on the game.

Rules of the Thistle Golf Club by John Cundell, 1824. This is a copy of the first book on golf, which contains an attempt to set down a history of the game, as well as the rules in force at the time the book was written.

A Few Rambling Remarks on Golf by Robert Chambers, 1862. This book is the third book on the game ever published and gives Mr. Chambers thoughts on instruction as well as the playing rules.

Tee Shots and Others by Bernard Darwin, 1911. A collection of Bernard Darwin’s essays. Darwin was a first rate player who never lost his passion for the game. He was known for never quoting a player. Once when asked if he was going to attend an interview of a new British Open Champion, he huffed, “My readers want to know why I think he won, not why that fool thinks he won.

The next category is a collection of writings, commentaries and anecdotes by and about golfers of all kinds and shapes.

A Passion For Golf, edited by Schuyler Bishops, 1998. A collection of pieces written by the best sports writers of the last fifty years revealing the inseparable relationship between this game and life.

Great Golf Stories, edited by Robert Trent Jones, 1982. A comprehensive collection of writing about the game. It offers the best that has been written with a running commentary from one of the greatest course architects.

“And Then Jack Said to Arnie”, edited by Don Wade, 1991. Don Wade has been covering the professional tour and collecting true stories about the players and the game since 1970. This is a collection of his stories.

The Quotable Golfer, edited by Gary McCord, 2000. This book is a rich compendium of quotes that reflect the history, tradition, agony and thrills of the game from Will Rogers to Tiger Woods.

Golf Instruction. No collection would be complete without books on instruction. I never kept all of the books on instruction that I bought, but these few that I have left include a couple of really good ones.

Tiger Woods – How I Play Golf by Tiger Woods, 2001. Tiger Woods how to play the game. Need I say more?

Classic Golf Instruction by Christopher Obetz, 2005. Lessons by Jack Nicklaus and others featuring the amazing drawings by Anthony Ravielli. Ravielli’s drawing reward the reader with incredible vision of the golfing body at work.

Harvey Penick’s Little Red Book by Harvey Penick, 1992. Harvey Penick’s notebook from his years of teaching. It gives his practical wisdom cutting away the technicalities and helps golfers play their best.

Fit For Golf by Gary Player, 1995. One hundred exercises that will improve your game.

Elements of Scoring by Raymond Floyd, 1998. Raymond Floyd’s lessons on how to get the ball into the cup with the fewest strokes.

See It & Sink It by Dr.Craig Farnsworth, 1997. An instructional book on how to improve your putting by teaching you how to see the line better and stroke the ball into the hole.

The Impact Zone by Bobby Clampett, 2007. This book is a unique guide to teach a golfer to understand how to improve his swing to achieve better impact of his club to his ball.

Think Like Tiger by John Andrisani, 2002. An analysis of Tiger Woods mental game based on John Andrisani’s experience as Tiger’s teacher from age 10 to 18 and his interaction with Tiger’s family and acquaintances during those years.

Golf Course Architecture is its own particular kind of design. Here are some books on it written by some of the great masters of the art as well as one from the younger generation.

Golf By Design by Robert Trent Jones, Jr. 1993. Jones leads golfers from tee to green detailing how architects set up challenges and offer the player strategies to meet these challenges.

Golf, As It Was Meant to be Played by Michael Fay, 2000. Scottish born Donald Ross designed more that 400 courses in the U.S. and Canada. In this book Michael Fay takes the reader on a walk through 18 of Ross’s masterly designed holes chosen from courses in the U.S.

Golf Never Failed Me by Donald J. Ross, 1996. The lost commentaries of Donald Ross on architecture, course maintenance and everything else. These commentaries were written before 1914, meant to be published then but for some reason were never published. They came to light after Ross’s death in 1948.

Sandy Lyle Takes You Around the Championship Courses of Scotland by Sandy Lyle with Bob Ferrier, 1982. Sandy Lyle takes the reader along the fairways and greens outlining the challenges of six of the greatest courses in Scotland. Several photographs and a schematic are shown for each hole described.

The Anatomy of a Golf Course by Tom Doaks, 1992. Tom Doaks discusses his craft and and explains the strategies behind an architects decisions in laying out a course and how he plans for the course to be played.

The Mental Side of the Game. Golf being the game it is does sometimes make players go nuts. It’s been said that this game reflects all the positive and negative aspects of life. It’s no wonder that this has been written about so much. Here are several books that cover the mental side of the game.

Golf and the Spirit by M. Scott Peck, 1999. In this book M. Scott Peck writes a book for beginners and masters alike. It goes beyond mechanics to explore the deeper issues, ways of managing the emotional psychological and spiritual aspects of this wonderful, maddening, deflating and inspiring game.

The Golfer’s Guide to the Meaning of Life by Gary Player, 2001. Gary Player’s fifteen lessons from “Why Play Golf” through “Sportsmanship” and “Motivation” ending with “The Game Eternal”.

Golf Dreams by John Updike, 1996. John Updike reflects on the game and its mental challenges.

Golf For Enlightenment by Deepak Chapra, 2003. This book is an engrossing story about Adam, who is playing a terrible round, when he meets a young teaching pro named Leda. In seven short but profound lessons she teaches Adam the essence of the game that explains much about life itself.

A Good Walk Spoiled by John Feinstein, 1995. John Feinstein has written an account of a professional golfer’s life on the PGA tour.

Links by Lorne Rubenstein, 1991. Links is about the essence and the mystique and intrigue of the game, and the magic that draws people from around the world to it.

Finally, golf humor. If you play regularly, you need to have a sense of humor about the game and particularly about your game. Here are some of the most humorous books on it ever written.

Divots, Shanks, Gimmes, Mulligans and Chili Dips by Glen Waggoner, 1993. The first half of this book is about Waggoner’s life on the pro tour as a writer and observer. The second half covers the life of a hacker, club throwing and every thing else.

Golfmanship by Stephen Potter, 1968. Humorous lessons on gambits and ploys a player can use to win.

The Down Hill Lie by Carl Hiassen, 2008. Carl Hiassen’s chronicle of his shaky return to the game after a 30 year absence and the ensuing demolition of his self-esteem will leave you rolling in laughter. A book for all lovers of the game.

Golf a la Carte by Peter Dobereiner, 1991. A collection of some of the best works of Peter Dobereiner, dean of golf writers and surely one of the funniest men ever to stroke a pen and swing a club.

The Art of Coarse Golf by Michael Green, 1967. Humorous anecdotes about a hacker’s experiences on the course.

And probably the prize of my collection of golf humor:

The Golf Omnibus by PG. Wodehouse, 1914. Thirty one humorous tales from the fairway to the putting green from club house to sand trap by the master of comic fiction.

I hope you enjoyed looking through my collection useful. It should keep you reading about the game for some time, and I hope they provide you with some laughs along the way.

This Book’s Written Especially For Football Fans Of Any Level

One of the most fun books I’ve read in a while answers with finality the question all football fans want to know – Which Football Team is the Greatest One of All Time?

That question is answered definitively in Damalis Bryant’s book, “NFL’s All-Time Dream Showdown: Fantasy Matchups & Realistic Results.” I won’t spoil the book for you by revealing the ending but will say that the author does a fantastic job selecting great players, coaches and teams and creating lively and fascinating fantasy encounters of the greatest of the great.

Bryant, a young soldier with a combat stint in Afghanistan, selected the 13 best NFL teams of all time, and pits them against each other in fantasy playoff games resulting in the greatest Super Bowl of All Times.Each section describes the key plays, runs and lead changes in contests among 13 of the best single season NFL teams.

A former sports writer in Virginia before beginning his military career, Bryant has the professional skills and knowledge to pull off what he attempts as author – to narrate fantasy contests based on real styles, talent depths, and strategies.

While serving in Mannheim, Germany, Army Specialist Bryant wrote drafts of an NBA fantasy book and a heavyweight boxing fantasy book and completed the NFL fantasy book during his off-duty hours in Afghanistan.

I enjoyed this book immensely, from the early introduction of Hall of Fame greats to the final whistle when the Super Bowl Champ of All Time is revealed. And I won’t argue with the author’s choice! Anyone with any interest in football also will enjoy this wonderful book.