- what goes on at the track
- what to look for in horses and jockeys
- how to read a racing form and do simple handicapping
- how to manage betting funds and make wagers that stand a good chance of paying off.
About the Author
Table of ContentsIntroduction.
Part I: And They’re Off! Horse Racing and the Betting Scene.
Chapter 1: Playing the Ponies for Pleasure and Profit.
Chapter 2: All Horse Races Are Not Created Equal.
Chapter 3: Getting a Handle on Parimutuel Wagering.
Chapter 4: The Skinny on Betting.
Chapter 5: Visiting the Racetrack.
Part II: How the Players and Factors Impact the Race.
Chapter 6: Studying Horses in the Paddock and during Post Parade.
Chapter 7: Riders Up: The Importance of a Jockey.
Chapter 8: Calling the Shots: Trainers and Owners.
Chapter 9: Knowing the Track Surface and Conditions.
Chapter 10: Zoning In on Equipment Changes.
Part III: Gaining and Keeping a Competitive Edge.
Chapter 11: Starting with the Right Tools: The Daily Racing Form and More.
Chapter 12: Trying Your Hand at Handicapping.
Chapter 13: Planning Your Wagers.
Chapter 14: Making the Most of Your Bankroll.
Part IV: Risky Business: Tackling More Advanced Bets.
Chapter 15: Betting Exotic Wagers.
Chapter 16: Getting Into Sophisticated Handicapping.
Chapter 17: Taking On Handicapping Tournaments.
Chapter 18: The Race for the Triple Crown: Picking a Kentucky Derby Winner and More.
Part V: Playing Different Ponies and Different Venues.
Chapter 19: Harness Racing: It’ll Drive You Wild.
Chapter 20: American Quarter Horse Racing: Don’t Blink or You’ll Miss It.
Chapter 21: Visiting Your Local OTB: Off-Track Betting.
Chapter 22: Betting from Home.
Chapter 23: Viva Las Vegas.
Part VI: The Part of Tens.
Chapter 24: Ten Best Bets and Betting Angles.
Chapter 25: Ten Best Racetracks to Visit.
Chapter 26: Ten Common Betting Mistakes.
Appendix: A Glossary of Horse Racing Lingo.