Handicapping 101: An Introduction to Betting on Horses (REVISED AND UPDATED)
By Brad Free
Paperback- Item # B8142 288-Pages
Publisher: DRF Press
Pub Date: October 2012
In this newly updated paperback edition, Daily Racing Form west coast handicapper expert Brad Free walks new and old players through the enduring basics of speed, pace, class, and condition, with dozens of recent race examples and interviews with leading trainers and jockeys. Free also explains each of the new wagers available to the modern fan, and examines the current usage of synthetic racing surfaces, in chapters that have been fully revised for 2012.
Are racehorses predictable? What are the key factors and where can they be found? Is it really possible to win at the races? Free’s resounding answer is yes—horseplayers can win! He explains by learning how to read and interpret the past performances, and applying their own analysis and observations, fans can not only cash more tickets but also gain a deeper understanding and enjoyment of how racing really works.
Praise for Handicapping 101
“The real problems for interested newcomers and novices at the races are not slow horses, but rather the misinformation and bad playing habits they pick up from innocent friends and associates. Brad Free comes recommended instead as the beginner’s best friend.
“After grounding them extremely well in the proper fundamentals of the handicapping art, Free escorts newcomers and inexperienced racegoers to the windows with the best treatment of basic betting strategy ever in an introductory text.”
James Quinn, Author of The Best of Thoroughbred Handicapping and The Handicapper’s Condition Book
"Handicapping 101 is not only a superb primer for the new racetrack bettor, but it also makes a wonderful refresher course for the punter who has seen a lot of his horses run ... out of the money. The best way to sum up Brad Free's work is with a race-caller's parlance: Easily ... Much the best ... In hand."
Frank Deford, author and commentator