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1. The Principles of Horseshoeing
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2. Exotic Betting: How to Make the
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3. Handicapping 101: Finding the
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4. Training Thoroughbred Horses
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5. Seabiscuit: An American Legend
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6. Traits of a Winner: The Formula
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7. Sherlock Holmes: A Baker Street
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8. Picking Winners: A Horseplayer's
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9. Racehorse Breeding Theories
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10. Black Maestro: The Epic Life of
11. Thoroughbred Kingdoms: Breeding
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12. Betting on Horse Racing For Dummies
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13. Man o' War: A Legend Like Lightning
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14. The Whole Horse Catalog: The Complete
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15. Six Secrets of Successful Bettors:
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16. The Best of Thoroughbred Handicapping:
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17. The Power of Early Speed (Elements
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18. Betting Thoroughbreds: A Professional's
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19. The Byerley Turk: The Incredible
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20. Secretariat: The Making of a Champion

1. The Principles of Horseshoeing III
by Doug Butler Enterprises
Hardcover (2004)
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2. Exotic Betting: How to Make the Multihorse, Multirace Bets that Win Racing's Biggest Payoffs
by DRF Press
Hardcover (13 June, 2006)
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3-0 out of 5 stars Maybe more help later
The book is not for beginning players, but the explanations of the bets are. If you have been around the track for even a short time you know what they are called and have a general idea of how to play them. For me it is not realistic to try the strategies because my pockets are not that deep. I can't bet hundreds of dollars per race. The theory is good but the amounts to be bet are not realistic for me, yet. For now I need to work on my handicapping skills and leave the more advanced "exotics" to the pros.

3-0 out of 5 stars Nothing new
Book was sent in a timely manner and well packaged but didn't contain anything I already know.

5-0 out of 5 stars A must-read for any horseplayer of the 21st century
This bookelaborates on ticket-tailoring techniques, not on how to identify the contenders in a horse-racing program.Steve Crist does a great job explaining (with clear arithmetic arguments) when to opt for an intrarace exotic bet instead of playing to win/place, and when not to."The master of the pick-6" also shares his ABC-X technique to build interrace bets.
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3. Handicapping 101: Finding the Right Horses and Making the Right Bets
by DRF Press
Hardcover (July, 2004)
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5-0 out of 5 stars Forget The Handicapping Systems - Buy This Book Instead
This is a must-have book on horseracing handicapping. Don't be fooled by its title into thinking this book is only for beginnners - in fact it should become a handicapping classic. Over the last eight years, I have read many horseracing handicapping books - some good, some bad, but this is my clear favorite. Well-written, easy to understand, and it explains very well the four main handicapping factors - condition/form, class, overall speed, and pace. And, it provides guidelines on how these four factors are applied at the various class levels. The first time I applied the author's guidelines to a maiden claiming race I hit a 28-1 winner. From my experience, I am firmly convinced that successful horseracing handicapping long-term can not be achieved by a computer program or a mathematical method/system. But, you can achieve a positive ROI long-term by applying the handicapping guidelines set forth in this book and making value bets, not just betting on the likely winner in every race. Buy this book - it will pay for itself many times over - it sure has for me.

5-0 out of 5 stars Horse Racing Made Logical
Brad Free is a great teacher as author of one of the easiest to understand books on Thoroughbred Handicapping ever written. For anyone who has tried to understand the myriad of issues in selecting winning horses, this book will surely help simplify the ordeal. It is written in plain language by a talented communicator. Add to your library.....PTWoodman

4-0 out of 5 stars This is definitely THE place to start
Brad Free's Handicapping 101 is an outstanding book for the purpose that it was meant.Will this book make you an instant winner at the track?Probably not.Will it make you win more?Maybe.Will it help educate a beginner on what to look for, how to read past performances, and when/how to bet?DEFINITELY.
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4. Training Thoroughbred Horses
by Russell Meerdink Company
Hardcover (01 July, 1992)
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5-0 out of 5 stars Superb
Impossible that present day horses would beat any horse trained by Preston Burch.Just read the exercise prescriptions in this book and be blown away.I certainly was.Here is carefully controlled training by a trainer understanding that his horses are participating in an athletic event.This is a book about conditioning equine athletes and also contains every other aspect of training and caring for thoroughbred race horses in a well written book by an individual who apparently understood the great care required.I held off reading this fearing it was dated, but what a pleasant surprise to find the extreme if succinct comprehensiveness here, every aspect is covered by a fellow who tried to do everything correctly.This is Ivers before Ivers, and one does wonder whatever happened to trainers like Max Hirsch and Preston Burch.

5-0 out of 5 stars Preston Burch, where are you?
If every owner had a trainer like Preston Burch, there would be a lot more owners.5-0 out of 5 stars If you are just starting in this business...read this book.
If you are just starting out in this business, you should read this book.Preston Burch gives you a simple, direct and enlightening understanding of thoroughbred horses.This book may have been published almost 50 years agobut in every advancement man has made we constantly find ourselves goingback to old knowledge and wisdom. ... Read more

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5. Seabiscuit: An American Legend
by Ballantine Books
Paperback (26 March, 2002)
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5-0 out of 5 stars Wonderfully Written and Enjoyably Riveting
Finally, a nonfiction book that does not read like nonfiction. Seabiscuit is a compelling and riveting story about aconnection between a horse, his jockey, and the entire nation that everyone - horse lovers and ignorant readers alike - will love. This brilliant narrative contains the best of everything that makes a nonfiction book, and any book for that matter, great: a touching storyline about a remarkably determined horse with as much of a personality as his fiery, red-headed jockey; a collection of fascinating and horrifying details of horse racing that blend right into the story and are just as captivating as the plot itself; and grand descriptions of Seabiscuit's worst and finest hours on the racetrack that transport any reader from a fetal position on the sofa to a front row seat on the metal bleachers of Santa Anita. Simply put, this book is a masterpiece.

5-0 out of 5 stars The best non-fiction book I've ever read
You don't have to be a horse or horseracing fan to enjoy this.Anyone who likes to see the underdog (horse and jockey in this case) win, will love this book.Sometimes truth is better than fiction, and this is the perfect example.It's SO MUCH better than the movie which omitted key characters and messed up facts.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Riveting Story
Despite the title, this book is actually about the people involved in this great horse's life.It is skillfully written and you find yourself submerged in the story.It's a real treasure. ... Read more

Subjects:  1. Biography    2. History    3. Horse Racing    4. Race horses    5. Seabiscuit (Race horse)    6. Sports    7. Sports & Recreation    8. United States    9. United States - 20th Century    10. History / United States / 20th Century    11. Reading Group Guide   


6. Traits of a Winner: The Formula for Developing Thoroughbred Racehorses
by Russell Meerdink Company
Hardcover (01 January, 1994)
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5-0 out of 5 stars Great
this book is so awesome.carl nafzger is a well renowen trainer who cando wonders with a horse.this book tells just how good he really is. irecomend this book to other horsemen and horse racing fans all over theworld!!

3-0 out of 5 stars worthwhile
This is a book by a very conventional trainer about the training and care of Unbridled to win the Derby and Breeder's Cup.Mr. Nafzger sets out the training program of Unbridled, and for his stable, and as such the bookgives a valuable insight into the methods of one successful trainer.Ithink Mr.Nafzger is to be congratulated and thanked for putting all this inwriting.If you want to know how the majority of your trainers at the racetrack operate, this book is most instructive.

4-0 out of 5 stars Very informative and easy to understand
Carl Nafzger goes a great job going over the aspects of race horse training in a manor even a person not involved in racing can follow. Great Book for all horseman and wanna be horseman ... Read more

Subjects:  1. Animals / Pets    2. Horse Racing    3. Horses - Showing/Training    4. Pets    5. Race horses    6. Sports    7. Sports & Recreation    8. Thoroughbred horse    9. Training   


7. Sherlock Holmes: A Baker Street Dozen
by Highbridge Audio
Audio CD (20 April, 2006)
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5-0 out of 5 stars AUDIO BOOKS DON'T GET ANY BETTER THAN THIS

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8. Picking Winners: A Horseplayer's Guide
by Houghton Mifflin
Paperback (06 May, 1994)
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5-0 out of 5 stars Intelligent & Enlightening horse racing information!
Andrew Beyer has been a godsend to horseplayers.He has made it easy to understand and gave us an edge when making selections.Understanding horse race betting and the past performances of horses has opened doors to novice and expert handicappers alike!

5-0 out of 5 stars Great for picking more than just horses
I've never bet on a horse race.I've actually only been to a track once in my life (we don't have a lot of it in this part of the country), and yet I still found this book tremendously useful.Why?Well, it was recommended to me as a guide to "Picking Winners," not just in the horse racing world but in the stock market as well.And, having now read the book I can say that it has proven a more effective lesson in choosing stocks than most of the investment books I've read.
4-0 out of 5 stars Very Informative

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Subjects:  1. Gambling - Track Betting    2. General    3. Horse Racing    4. Race horse betting    5. Sports    6. Sports & Recreation    7. Gambling    8. Games / Gambling / Track Betting    9. USA   


9. Racehorse Breeding Theories
by Russell Meerdink Company
Hardcover (February, 2004)
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Subjects:  1. Agriculture - Animal Husbandry    2. Breeding    3. Horse Racing    4. Horses - General    5. Pets    6. Race horses    7. Science/Mathematics   


10. Black Maestro: The Epic Life of an American Legend
by William Morrow
Hardcover (25 April, 2006)
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5-0 out of 5 stars A True Forrest Gump
What a story! Born one of 17 children in a poor, black, Kentucky farm, Jimmy Winkfield won the Kentucky Derby twice. He tried again in 1903 but failed and his career was over. Except that by moving to Europe and Russia he continued as a top rider in the Sport of Kings.
4-0 out of 5 stars Great book, well written - Much about Russian Revolution, WWI
Mr. Drape! What a wonderful writer. A fascinating account of
5-0 out of 5 stars The Amazing Life of an American Jockey
This book is a fascinating account of the life of a extraordinary American.The book isn't just for turf fanciers or horse people; on the contrary, it is at once the biography of a remarkable man and riveting social history. ... Read more

Subjects:  1. African American jockeys    2. Biography    3. Biography & Autobiography    4. Biography / Autobiography    5. Biography/Autobiography    6. Blacks And Sports    7. History    8. Horse Racing    9. Jockeys    10. People of Color    11. Sports - General    12. United States    13. Biography & Autobiography / Sports   


11. Thoroughbred Kingdoms: Breeding Farms of the American Racehorse
by Bulfinch Pr
Hardcover (September, 1990)
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12. Betting on Horse Racing For Dummies (For Dummies (Sports & Hobbies))
by For Dummies
Paperback (01 April, 2005)
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5-0 out of 5 stars Betting on Horse Racing for Dummies
I found this book to be just excellent.After being invited to the Kentucky Derby by some folks who own a Kentucky horse farm started in 1867, I wanted to learn more about racing and betting before I went.I was a complete novice, having been to Saratoga several times betting on horses with cool sounding names and always losing.The book goes through everything you need to know about racing and betting.Not only did I win several races before the Derby, but I actually won the Derby with a bet on Barbaro!I made quite a reputation for myself as a handicapper!

5-0 out of 5 stars I'm a beginner, and I already made my money back thanks to this fantastic book!
I browsed through some of these reviews before I purchased this book, and let me just say that the $12.99 price on Amazon is a bargain if you wish to learn more about horse-racing betting.I'm a young fan and I knew little before picking up this book.After visiting the racetrack a couple of times, I already picked some winners, including a trifecta I hit, thanks to the tips and extensive research throughout this book.I couldn't be more happier to have chosen this book.If you serious about learning more about this wonderful sport and the many betting options, then do yourself a favor and buy this book immediately.You will not be dissapointed!

5-0 out of 5 stars How to impress your friends while making money
I went to the track for the first time with some friends recently.Afterwards, I figured there had to be more to handicapping than picking the prettiest horse, or the one with a catchy name.So, I ordered "Betting on Horse Racing for Dummies", and read it over a weekend.It demystifies the racetrack experience, explains all the jargon, the various types of bets, etc.It also teaches you how to read the Daily Racing Form like a pro.Perhaps best of all, it explains how to interpret odds to maximize your return.
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13. Man o' War: A Legend Like Lightning
by St. Martin's Press
Hardcover (02 May, 2006)
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5-0 out of 5 stars Great book of history
I loved "Seabiscuit" as I had always admired the horse for his come-from-behind tactics and his rags to riches story. Man O' War was the total opposite...and maybe that's the one and only shortcoming of any book telling about him.....he almost always won, so you kind of "know the ending."
5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent read
I now know so much about horse racing, at least during the 1920s, that it is a little unsettling. Dorothy Ours did a fabulous job of weaving the undercurrents of greed, malice, honor, dysfunctional personalities, and stark honesty (not especially common) of the horse racing world of the time around that incredible being, Man O War. I suppose you could say that she used Man O War, his accomplishments and talents, as a backdrop for illumination to highlight the condition of humanity, then and now. Honesty does not always get its reward, nor honor its justice. Capability does not always get its glory. Greed, avarice,malice do not always get their just desserts.It is a bittersweet picture of reality. Still, the wonder of the horse shines.

4-0 out of 5 stars Seabiscuit's Grandad
While this book will be compared to Lauren Hillenbrand's Seabiscuit, probably to its detriment, it is exciting in its own way.Seabiscuit told a rags-to-riches story.Man O'War's story was a riches-to-riches tale and so lacks some of the suspense.
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Subjects:  1. Biography    2. Horse Racing    3. Man o' War (Race horse)    4. Race horses    5. Sports    6. Sports & Recreation    7. Sports - General    8. United States    9. Sports & Recreation / Horse Racing   


14. The Whole Horse Catalog: The Complete Guide to Buying, Stabling and Stable Management, Equine Health, Tack, Rider Apparel, Equestrian Activities and Organizations...and ... Else a Horse Owner and Rider Will Ever Need
by Fireside
Paperback (17 December, 1998)
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4-0 out of 5 stars Absolute must for new horse-lovers!
If you're considering doing ANYTHING with a horse in it, get this book. It's by far the most complete book on basic horse health, stabling, activities, breeds, etc. (And I do mean "basic".) Would have been five-stars for a glossary.

5-0 out of 5 stars Horsey Lovers
My daughter wants us to buy her a horse.We didn't have a clue what to look for and this horse catalog gave us a thorough preview.We didn't fathom the expenses or the responsibilities of caring for a horse.An encyclopedic eyeopener that prepared us for reality.

5-0 out of 5 stars excellent source of information
As a new horse owner, I found this book to be highly informative and a great reference ... Read more

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15. Six Secrets of Successful Bettors: Winning Insights into Playing the Horses
by DRF Press
Hardcover (25 May, 2005)
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2-0 out of 5 stars Lacks Focus
I thought this book lacked focus and detail. Its basically a collection of thoughts from a number of so called "Pros" who use various methods and comment on what I consider to be the basics. I didn't buy it looking for handicapping advice(which is fortunate it has none)but I did expect some detail about wagering based on the books title. Instead it is a bunch of philisophical ramblings from a few well known handicappers and some who chose not to be identified. You'll laugh,(not really) you'll cry, you'll kiss 20 bucks goodbye. I can't reccomend it.

4-0 out of 5 stars This book talks about all the essentials of horse handicapping
This book uses the words from the mouths of successful bettors to tell the readers what the essential factors on horse handicapping and betting are.These essential factors include edge, track bias, record keeping, money management, and some psychological factors etc.This book is good in the sense that it offers the readers a quick look on the factors that lead to successful horse handicapping and betting.It is then up to the readers to explore in details each of these factors in other books so as to strengthen their horse handicapping and betting skills.
3-0 out of 5 stars Solid advice with a different approach
This isn't a book that will greatly improve your handicapping, but it does explore the insights of professional gamblers and how they are able to make a living in the game. I found this was a more relaxing read than usual handicapping books that keep my nose in the pages for fear of missing some nugget of information.Though the subject matter is a group of professionals, it works for the recreational handicapper who gains a better understanding of what the pro's do to approach their business. ... Read more

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16. The Best of Thoroughbred Handicapping: Leading Ideas & Methods
by DRF Press
Hardcover (January, 2004)
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5-0 out of 5 stars Terriffic book- 5 plus stars!
Drawing from so many experts in the field and publishing their original material makes for a great work.Of the dozen or so handicapping volumes I have, this is the one I refer to most often because every each aspect from handicapping factors to money management and tote watching is covered by a true expert in that field.What I discovered after reading this is that I started looking for volumes by the writers herein that contributed chapters of interest.It has introduced me to a lot of guys I would never have found without this book.

5-0 out of 5 stars Add this one to your library
I have read the first edition of this title over and over and the latest version is only an improvement on a fine work. I agree that a lot of the information provided in the chapters in not in great depth, but it's difficult to take a 200 page book and condense it into a few pages. Quinn has done a great job of doing just that. And since the author provides information on the various sources, it gives the reader the opportunity to reach out to those sources if they have interest in the topic. This is definitely a great addition to any handicapper's library. I have had the opportunity to meet Quinn and he is just as wonderful a person as he is an author.

5-0 out of 5 stars Break out of your handicapping ruts!
The beauty of James Quinn's updated anthology is not any one revelation that he brings to the table, but that he's synthesized so many voices and give you so many more angles to consider.Those of you who play regularly know how easy it is to identify the obvious chalk-- and how hard it is to get past the two or three "best on paper" types to get to live, mid-priced overlays.You know, the horses that are the difference between a minus day and a wildly profitable day.
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17. The Power of Early Speed (Elements of Handicapping)
by DRF Press
Paperback (10 December, 2005)
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3-0 out of 5 stars Interesting presentation
The title says it all in that early speed is the ultimate bias. It's like in the movie Top Gun where Tom Cruise says "I feel the need, the need for speed." The stats of the sucess of early speed don't lie, & this book presents an interesting way of compiling them with an emphasis that includes field size. And a large part of the book presents charts on trainers, jockeys, etc. But concentrating on the 1st call only without the all important 2nd call & no use of fractions means that this work as providing raw numbers is only a starting point for further research. The books of Ainslie, Beyer, Davidowitz & Brohammer should be studied first, as while this effort presents a formula for early speed points, the best system is that one that compiles information & experiances using the most complex computer, the one above the shoulders.

4-0 out of 5 stars Speed Kills
I liked the book mostly for the Klein speed figures, I have applied them with some success. I was disappointed though when I figured out that it was pretty uneccessary to figure them myself, TVG for example has speed figures that almost exactly mirror what I came up with using the formula from the book. But it did give me a new respect for early speed that I will continue to use in my handicapping.

3-0 out of 5 stars Early speed is important.However, what is the meaning of the formulas in this book?
I agree that early speed is important in horse racing and in particular horse racing on dirt.Klein Speed Points and Klein Track Bias Numbers as mentioned in this book give the horse racing fans some kinds of objective measurement and idea on how the speed of a race will look like and the likelihood that a horse will perform better because of the favourable change in the pace of a race as well as track bias.However, the author of this book does not explain how the formulas used to derive Klein Speed Points and Klein Trace Bias Numbers are created.
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18. Betting Thoroughbreds: A Professional's Guide for the Horseplayer: Second Revised Edition
by Plume
Paperback (01 April, 1997)
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5-0 out of 5 stars Andrew Beyer's Mentor
This is clearly one of the best books ever written on Thoroughbred Handicapping. It should become evident soon after the opening chapter how complex and laborious the life of a professional horse bettor must be to hold an edge over the betting public. Steve is a genuine winning handicapper himself, and reveals what it takes to win. The percentage of winning bettors at any given track on any given day has been estimated to be 5%. (2% remain the same consistent winners day after day). It takes an immense amount of never ending study to remain financially solvent as a bettor. Steve, as a responsible author points this out. This reviewer will also confirm this to be true. There is no book on the market that will make a winner out of a nonwinner without effort as in any other great endeavor. I give this book a 5 Star Rating for leaving no stone unturned in the handicapping picture.

5-0 out of 5 stars Fantastic stuff- the best comprehensive handicapping book
Any book or author that introduces a concept that becomes part of everyone's handicapping arsenal deserves recognition for their genius.Davidowitz was the first to really publish insights into track bias and it's power.Other than that concept, this book is full of good ideas across the board.The revised edition's treatment of pace is good stuff even for those who approach pace more technically like Brohammer.Davidowitz's work on charts and how to use them to find key races and trip overlays is more gold for serious players.
4-0 out of 5 stars Buy this if you are already skilled and want an edge
I bought this book as a novice thoroughbred better, and no one in my casual group of horserace friends has been able to glean much useful information from it.I should have been warned--the title clearly states that it is for professionals.While this book didn't help me personally, it is probably an excellent resource for someone already in the field looking for the next step in their edge over the house.
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19. The Byerley Turk: The Incredible Story of the World's First Thoroughbred
by Stackpole Books
Hardcover (30 November, 2005)
list price: $34.95 -- our price: $23.07
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Isbn: 0811701557
Sales Rank: 221153
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars High Impact, Action, Emotion...
"The Byerley Turk: The Incredible Story of the World's First Thoroughbred", is a fantastic story, masterfully told. It is a story of a horse, from his auspicious birth while in the care of his Turkish groom, to his peaceful death while in the care of the wealthy Englishman, Robert Byerley. It is most compelling, and contains a graphic intensity that the author Jeremy James, who has knowledge and experience with horses, weaves into his story.
5-0 out of 5 stars Byerley Turk: The Incredible Story of the World's First Thoroughbred
For anyone interested in the history of horses or in the history of life during the 16th century this book is a must read. The author details what it was like to be a warhorse and his rider when the Christians and Muslims were engaged in bloody battles for control of the Holy Lands. Then the plot follows the man and his horse up through Europe and into England and Scotland where this warhorse founded the dynasty that is now the Thoroughbred horse.Well researched and beautifully written it is a cannot put down read.

5-0 out of 5 stars Wonderful book.
Jeremy has written that awfully difficult thing to do, a book of history that reads as a terrific novel. He presents the Byerley's story as something that is real and relevant to the modern world, which it is. Both to the Thorougbred breed, and to the way Europe was shaped by the Ottoman empire, for without their wonderful horses, the Turks would never have dared to invade Europe.
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20. Secretariat: The Making of a Champion
by Da Capo Press
Paperback (02 April, 2002)
list price: $16.95 -- our price: $11.53
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Isbn: 0306811332
Sales Rank: 50239
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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3-0 out of 5 stars a great story told with too many words
The story of Secretariat is among the most thrilling in all the history of American sports and popular culture because it was one of the very rare instances in which an athletic achievement of truly mythological proportions was witnessed live on television by millions upon millions throughout the nation. With the most famous, accomplished and beloved animal performer of all time as a subject, one would think that by now there would be a dozen Secretariat books and a couple of movies as well (Seabiscuit? - hmmph!). Sadly, in the former category we only have this earnest but flawed volume by veteran horse racing writer William Nack.
5-0 out of 5 stars Fantastic book
I wasn't alive when Secretariat was winning the Triple Crown so the only thing I know of him is what I have seen or read in the years following his tremendous accomplishments.This is a wonderful book for those who want to get the whole story of this magnificent champion.Nack looks at more than just the races that Secretariat ran in and won.Instead, he explores deep into everything surrounding Secretariat - the owners, the breeding industry, trainers, jockeys, hot walkers.....all of these charaters are brought to life in this book.
5-0 out of 5 stars Great insight into the greatest horse
This book is beautifully written and with outstanding detail about Secretariat's life, and the lives of the humans around him.The journey William Nack takes is both exciting and poignant.You can't go wrong with this book.I absoultely loved it.Any fan of horses or horse racing needs to know about the life of the great Secretariat, and this is the book for that. ... Read more

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