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Betting Thoroughbreds for the 21st Century
By Steve Davidowitz
SKU: B8141
Your Price: $24.95
Publisher: DRF Press-July 2009
Hardcover, 400 pages

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For more than three decades, Steve Davidowitz’s Betting Thoroughbreds has been an indispensable resource for horseplayers and fans. Now, this classic handicapping book, which introduced thousands of bettors to the importance of such pioneering concepts as track bias, key races, and trainer patterns, has been substantially revised, updating those ideas while providing fresh approaches and concepts for an ever-changing game.

Betting Thoroughbreds for the 21st Century retains the solid, ground-breaking work of the original text, complete with historical examples for the ages, such as the lifetime past performances of Secretariat and the result chart from Dr. Fager’s world-record-setting victory in the Washington Park Handicap; yet, it accents dozens of new handicapping ideas, incorporating new resources and technologies—all precisely illustrated with real-life examples and charts.

For instance, there are new chapters focusing on:

• The winning and losing tendencies of the so-called supertrainers
• Track-bias profiles for 21 North American tracks
• The new synthetic surfaces, which have added twists to the challenge of handicapping

Davidowitz also provides substantial new insights into his time-tested advice on how to:

• Watch and review races like a professional player
• Skillfully read race conditions and spot hidden class angles
• Achieve true wagering value while applying strategies to overcome the takeout
• Utilize speed figures and pace concepts when they work best

There also is a wealth of new material focusing on the power of pedigree handicapping, analyzing workout information from the trainer’s perspective, and how to design efficient wagering strategies for every type of exotic bet—from the old, familiar daily double to recent innovations such as dime superfectas, the super high five, and of course, the pick six.

Betting Thoroughbreds for the 21st Century is no mere cosmetic revision; it directly attacks the challenges of contemporary handicapping, blending the author’s timeless approaches with accessible new concepts that have been developed through considerable experimentation and successful play. On virtually every page, the author provides players at every level of skill with tools and ideas to solve many of today’s racetrack puzzles. Like the first two editions, Betting Thoroughbreds for the 21st Century is sure to become another must-read handicapping classic.

Steve Davidowitz is a lifelong racing fan, a winning horseplayer, and has covered the sport from east to west, north to south, working as an investigative reporter, editor, and columnist for publications ranging from the St. Petersburg Times to the Oakland Tribune, and from the Houston Post to the Minneapolis Star-Tribune.

A former editor of The American Racing Manual and the author of The Best and Worst of Thoroughbred Racing, Steve now lives in Las Vegas, Nevada, where he writes columns for DRF Simulcast Weekly and trackmaster.com as well as other Internet outlets.