Picking Winners: A Horseplayer's Guide

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, May 6, 1994 - Games & Activities - 240 pages
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Just as football evolved with the introduction of the forward pass and basketball with the development of the jump shot, so too was handicapping forever changed by the use of speed figures--and it all started with Andrew Beyer's Picking Winners. This edition features a new foreword in which the author discusses the changes that have swept the sport since the book's original publication. Picking Winners remains a classic in the field of thoroughbred racing.
 

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When this book first came out it revolutionized the sport of horse race handicapping with its clear methodical and empirical way to rate past performances on any track against any company. Known as ... Read full review

Contents

1 The Joy of Handicapping
1
2 A Handicapping Primer
15
3 Larceny and Betting Coups
47
4 Track Biases
65
5 Trainers
89
6 The Horses Appearance
107
I
117
II
135
III
149
10 Class
159
11 Money Management
171
12 Putting It All Together
189
Back Matter
225
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About the author (1994)

ANDREW BEYER thoroughly revolutionized handicapping when he created his “Beyer Speed Figures,” a measure of how fast a horse has run in a given race, and an indispensable tool for horseplayers. Making the necessary calculations to develop a set of figures for each horse in each race was too time-consuming for most horseplayers, so in 1992 the Daily Racing Form commissioned Beyer and his associates to provide his speed figures for every horse competing in North America. Beyer has been a columnist for the Washington Post since 1978, and contributes regularly to the Daily Racing Form. He is considered one of the leading experts on horse racing.

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