Betting on Horse Racing For Dummies
The last two years have seen a record number of Americans tune in for climatic Triple Crown races featuring Smarty Jones and Funny Cide; in 2004, television viewership jumped a whopping 61 percent over the record set in 2003, and the Belmont Stakes race itself drew a record crowd of more than 120,000! This easy-to-understand guide shows first-time visitors to the track how to enjoy the sport of horse racing-and make smart bets. It explains what goes on at the track, what to look for in horses and jockeys, how to read a racing form and do simple handicapping, and how to manage betting funds and make wagers that stand a good chance of paying off. Complete with coverage of off-track and online betting, it's just what anyone needs to play the ponies-and win!
Richard Eng (Las Vegas, NV) is a racing writer and handicapper for the Las Vegas Review-Journal, a columnist for the Daily Racing Form, and the host of a horseracing radio program in Las Vegas. He was formerly a part of the ABC Sports team that covered the Triple Crown.
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- Paperback | 384 pages
- 189 x 234 x 19mm | 524g
- 01 Apr 2005
- John Wiley & Sons Inc
- Hungry Minds Inc,U.S.
- Foster City, United States
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Make well-informed bets and gain the winning edge
Hoping to win at horse racing? Whether you're betting at the track or online, this easy-to-follow guide helps you improve your odds, explaining everything from the different types of racing and planning wagers to handicapping and managing your funds. You'll understand the ins and outs of the racetrack -- and even see how to pick the next Kentucky Derby winner!
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Explanations in plain English"Get in, get out" informationIcons and other navigational aidsOnline cheat sheetTop ten listsA dash of humor and fun
Disvover how to:
Make smart wagers that pay offSize up jockeys, trainers, and their horsesRead the Daily Racing Form and race track programsAvoid common betting mistakesFollow racing on radio, TV, and online
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Table of contents
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.
About Richard Eng