Racing Maxims & Methods of Pittsburg Phil

Racing Maxims & Methods of Pittsburg Phil

by Edward Cole


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781580423144
Publisher: Cardoza
Publication date: 10/02/2012
Edition description: Original
Pages: 128
Sales rank: 1,331,467
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Edward Cole reveals the observations and handicapping techniques, based on exclusive interviews with Pittsburgh Phil, AKA George Smith, the most successful handicapper of his time. He won $1.7 million at the track, a fortune in the early part of the 20th century. These writings contain the only interviews Pittsburgh Phil ever gave.

Table of Contents

Introduction 11

The Inside Skinny On Pittsburgh Phil 13

Preface 17

1 What One Must Know to Play The Races 21

Characteristics of Winning Handicappers 22

Important Personal Rules for Winners 25

2 One Day's Work at the Track 27

Evaluating a Horse at the Track 28

When the Race has been Run 31

The Importance of the Jockey 34

The Importance of the Trainer 36

3 Speculation 39

Getting Good Information 41

Knowing the Value of Your Horse 44

Getting the Best Price 46

4 Handicapping 49

Horses Must be in Top Condition 50

Start with Scale Weight 52

Closely Observe the Tote Board 54

The Biggest Win I Ever Attempted to Make 55

Speculating on Handicap Races 57

The Temperament of the Horse 59

Track Conditions are Important 60

5 The Fallacy of Handicapping by Time 63

An Exception to the Fallacy 65

Do not Overvalue your Opinions 66

6 Handicapping by Class and Weight 69

Classifying Horses 70

The Importance of Weight 72

The Use of Stimulants 74

7 The Treatment of Horses 77

A Horse Must Feel Comfortable 79

8 William Cowan on Pittsburgh Phil 81

Betting on Cincinnatus 82

Pittsburgh Phil, Detective 83

9 How Pittsburgh Phil Gave Tod Sloan His Start 85

10 Anecdotes Concerning Men of Fame Who Wagered Huge Sums 93

Lady Elizabeth and Hermit 95

Sir George Chetwynd and Sir John Ashley 97

The Brothers Baltazzi 98

Jubliee Juggins and Other Plungers 99

The Other English Race Goers 101

11 Drugs and Their Effect Upon Horses 103

The Veterinarian's Report on Stimulants 105

Common Drugs Used to Stimulate Horses 107

12 An Explanation of the Time and Weight Percentage Table 111

13 Maxims of Pittsburgh Phil: Part 1 119

14 Maxims of Pittsburgh Phil: Part 2 121

15 Maxims of Pittsburgh Phil: Part 3 125

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