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A wildly diverse cast of horseplayers kindly adopts McClelland and teaches him an array of techniques for playing the ponies. There's the intensely disciplined Scott "The Professor" McMannis, ...
A wildly diverse cast of horseplayers kindly adopts McClelland and teaches him an array of techniques for playing the ponies. There's the intensely disciplined Scott "The Professor" McMannis, who uses a complicated formula to calculate speed figures; Creighton R. Schoenfeldt, a cranky gentleman who devotes practically 24 hours a day to studying the odds; "Bob the Brain" and Steve "Stat Man" Miller; and dozens more hustlers and high rollers who sacrifice their lives to betting at the track.
We join McClelland on his fascinating year of exactas, Daily Doubles, racing forms, and colorful track patrons, as he seeks to acquire the elusive skills of a professional winning horseplayer while betting his book publisher's advance during daily visits to Chicago's Hawthorne Race Course and Arlington Park, off-track betting facilities, and other tracks around the country.
Horseplayers affectionately records McClelland's all-consuming passion with horse gambling. He schools himself through devout and obsessive study of speed figures and horse and jockey statistics, reading books written by the pros, trying different betting and handicapping strategies he picks up from the horseplayers, and in the end, he achieves a sort of horseplayer wisdom.
"A delightful memoir . . . McClelland details his transformation from casual fan to obsessed racing geek with humor." —Railbird
|How Gambling Saved My Life||1|
|1||The Blind Man and the Hustler||15|
|2||If Wishes Were Horses||27|
|4||First Your Money, Then Your Clothes||63|
|7||Travels with McChump||107|
|8||The Rebel Enclave||131|
|9||The Stat Man||147|
|10||The Late Great Eight||155|
|11||Omar and Lucky||169|
|12||Men Betting Badly||177|
|15||'Seabiscuit' Jockey Nearly Trampled||203|
|16||The Gold Club||211|
|17||The Twenty-Five-Dollar Horse||217|
|18||True Adventures in Gambling||223|
|19||Bob the Brain's Big Score||239|
|20||The One-Eyed Man Is King||249|
|A Racetrack Glossary||257|
Posted April 19, 2011
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