Books worth reading - U.S.A.

Wizard Daily Report and Research - Saturday, 9 December 2023.

  • Books worth reading - U.S.A.

 

Books worth reading - U.S.A.

There have been many books written about betting on horse racing in the USA, some very good in their own right, but most are not really relevant to betting in Australia, even if you happen to be a times enthusiast.

Racing in the USA is really quite different to racing in Australia from formguide details, to class and claiming, to the way races are run, and so on.

However, there are some books that provide useful information and insights that are directly relevant to our experience. From a long list of possibles the following (*) are the ones I would read a second or third time.

 

Author: William Quirin

*Winning at the Races (1979)

*Thoroughbred Handicapping State of the Art (1984)

Winning at the Races

1 Early speed

2 Pacesetters

3 Track conditions

4 Post position

5 The distance factor

6 Finish last start

7 Recent action

8 Freshened horses

9 Positive signs

10 Failures

11 Useful odds and ends

12 Consistency

13 Earnings

14 Class

15 Weight

16 Par times

17 Variants

18 Speed figures

19 Speed handicapping

20 The weaker sex

21 2yo racing

22 Grass racing

23 Trainers and jockeys

24 Spot plays

 

Thoroughbred Handicapping

1 Key questions

2 The Race conditions

3 Running lines

4 Horses connections

Jockey, trainer, owner

5 Bloodlines

6 The earnings box

7 Recency fitness

  • Cycles, first-up, changes

8 Comparative handicapping

9 Speed and pace figures

10 Figure handicapping

11 Trip handicapping

12 Results charts

13 Workouts

14 Money management

  • Odds, lines, exotics

15 After the race

 

Author: Mark Cramer

*Thoroughbred Cycles (1990)

1 Form guide info; numbers

2 Horses back to work (first-up)

3 Horses mediocre

4 Horses steady, low profile

5 Horses early, late comers

6 Horses radicals, switches

7 Horses small-town hero

8 Trainers hot and cold

9 Trainers his/her cycles

10 Trainers - horse centred

11 Handicappers

12 Workshops

13 Thoroughbred futures

AA Primary research

AC Major impact cycles

 

Author: Scatoni & Fornatale

*Six Secrets of Successful Bettors (2005)

1 A hard way to make an easy living

2 The information edge

3 The never-ending quest for value

4 If I only knew how to bet

5 Woulda, coulda, shoulda

6 Its one long game

7 The road ahead

 

Author: James Quinn

*The Best of Thoroughbred Handicapping (2003)

1 Speed points

2 Optimal betting

3 Keys to older maidens

4 Acceptable form

5 Drop down in claiming

6 Key race method charts

7 Maximum confusion

8 Race written for him

9 Beyer speed

10 Pars

11 Andrew Beyer

12 Track biases

13 Comprehensive handicap.

14 Unit wagers at the odds

15 Paddock inspection

16 Bred for grass

17 Nonclaiming 3yos

18 Ability times

19 Horse & jockey switches

20 Trend analysis

21 Pace analysis, ratings

22 Race shapes

23 Form defects, advantages

24 Handicappers new edge

25 Public & informed minority

26 Dowst

27 Dr Z system

28 Dosage index

29 International handicap.

30 Crucible of expectations

31 Exotic wagering

32 Fixed percentage min.

33 Money secrets and charts

34 Ready-made betting lines

35 The Pick 6

36 Day at the races 37x

38 Beyer on speed

39 Brohamer on pace

40 Quinn figure handicapping

41 Davidowitz redux

42 Litfin, pattern recognition

43 Real speed

44 Class, speed, pace

45 The xtras

46 Ideas that no longer apply

47 Online information

48 Ainslie Complete guide

 

Author: Steven Davidowitz

*Betting Thoroughbreds (1977,1983)

1 Watching a race properly

2 A B.A. in handicapping

3 Results charts

4 The racing surface

5 Little known trainer

6 The role of the trainer

7 The trainers window

8 Whats he doing in this race

9 The key race method

10 An edge in class

11 E = MC squared

12 Speed figures

13 Theory vs experience

14 The drug factor

15 To bet, or not bet

16 Place and show

17 More on betting

18 The winning horseplayer

 

Author: Hausch, Lo, Ziemba

*Efficiency of Racetrack Betting Markets (2008, 2016)

1 Psychological studies

2 Utility preferences of bettors

3 Economic and mathematical insights

4 Efficiency of win markets

5 Prices vs handicapping

6 Exotic wagering markets

7 Research

(Note: Each part contains many academic papers.)

 

Author: DRF Library

*Bet with the Best

1 Beyer

2 Brohamer

3 Crist

4 Davidowitz

5 Free

6 Litfin

7 Quinn

8 Shuback

9 Turf angles

10 Watchmaker

 

Author: William Ziemba

*Exotic Betting at the Racetrack (2019)

1 Accuracy of the win odds

2 Arbitrage

3 Some good bets

4 Money management

5 Winning systems

6 Place and show pools

7 Place and show betting

8 Beating the exacta

9 Beating the quinella

10 Beating the double

11 Beating the trifecta and superfecta

12 The Pick 3 and Pick 4

13 The Pick 5

14 The Pick 6

15 Primer on dosage

 

Warren - Wiz-Ed

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