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Bet With The Best 2: Longshots

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Bet With The Best 2: Longshots By Editors of the Daily Racing Form

Bet With The Best 2: Longshots By Editors of the Daily Racing Form

© DRF Press

The Bottom Line

In 2001, nine of the most respected names in North American Thoroughbred handicapping got together to produce Bet With The Best, a compact yet comprehensive guide to horse race handicapping and betting in the modern age. Seven years later, those same nine writers, joined by newcomer Brad Free, have returned to produce the second installment, to help today's horseplayer keep pace with the changing game. This new book "fills in the gaps" from the first book, helping the horseplayer attack the game with confidence. With this layout, it's like getting ten books in one, making it excellent value for your money.
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  • Like getting 10 books in one covering all the bases, excellent value
  • Uses contemporary examples to be applicable to modern times
  • Well-written by 10 respected experts in Thoroughbred handicapping
  • Useful whether you're new to the name or have been grinding it out for years


  • Would only be of interest to racing fans who participate in betting
  • Recommend that novices to betting read the first book before continuing to this one
  • May be too advanced for the most novice of horseplayers


  • Chapter 1: Andrew Beyer on Advanced Technological Handicapping Methods
  • Chapter 2: Tom Brohamer on the Turn-Back Play
  • Chapter 3: Steven Crist on Longshots, Value, and Exotics
  • Chapter 4: Steve Davidowitz on Trainer and Track-Specific Angles
  • Chapter 5: Brad Free on Uncovering Longshots using Fundamental Handicapping
  • Chapter 6: Dave Litfin on Making Favorites Profitable and Multi-Race Betting Techniques
  • Chapter 7: Jim Quinn on Class: Longshots
  • Chapter 8: Alan Shuback on Betting Foreign Imports
  • Chapter 9: Lauren Stich on Hidden Turf Angles and Sires
  • Chapter 10: Mike Watchmaker on Exposing Longshots from Grade 1 Races

Guide Review - Bet With The Best 2: Longshots

Building on knowledge gained in the first installment, this sequel focuses on uncovering longshot plays. The game may have gotten tougher to beat, but the fundamental goal has not changed, to find horses that the public may have overlooked, the classic definition of an overlay, which by design will lead to higher payoffs both in the straight and exotic pools.

Each of the writers wrote to their strengths: Mike Watchmaker's chapter on Grade 1 races will be a real eye-opener especially for recreational players who only bet on big race days. Steve Davidowitz covers track biases and trainer angles, Tom Brohamer teaches the "turnback" play, Alan Shuback specializes in foreign imports, breeding expert Lauren Stich tackles turf pedigrees, and Steve Crist is a master of exotic play. The notable exception, as was the case in the first book, was Andrew Beyer in the very first chapter. Well-known for his revolutionary speed figures, in today's world where everybody has figures, he instead goes into using technology, specifically the DRF Formulator software and datafiles, to find overlays using betting angles and hidden form, and takes the time to explain what to look for and take notes on when watching race replays, as these reveal details that may not appear in a past performance line or result chart. Trip notes may have become a lost art in recent years but as the game gets tougher to beat, what was old has become new again.

Brad Free is the newcomer to the series, and his chapter, Uncovering Longshots using Fundamental Handicapping, shows that what with all the modern tools and data overload out there, sometimes, taking a step back and returning to old tried-and-true methods sometimes can point at the longshot winner when other methods all pointed at a false favorite, the basis of looking for value in the pools.

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