GuideReviews Index - page 4
The Triple Crown Handicapper 2005
by Jim Mazur. An excellent publication for anybody wanting to bet the tough Triple Crown races, or for newer horseplayers wanting to learn more about the use of angles and biases when selecting their horses.
Review: The 10 Best Kentucky Derbies
by Staff and Correspondents of the Blood-Horse. Well-written and easy-to-read, racing fans will be captivated by the stories of these great horses who have contributed the mystique of the Kentucky Derby.
Review: Six Secrets of Successful Bettors
Winning Insights Into Playing the Horses by Frank Scatoni and Pete Fornatale. Based on interviews with professional horseplayers and gamblers, presents the methods common to them all that lead to success.
Review - Against the Odds: Riding For My Life
By Jerry Bailey with Tom Pedulla. This is a very up-close and personal look at the life of arguably one of the greatest jockeys of all time.
Review - Great Women in the Sport of Kings
America's Top Women Jockeys Tell Their Stories edited by Scooter Toby Davidson and Valerie Anthony. This interesting little book gives an in depth look at the lives of the current top female jockeys from childhood and how they became interesting in racing through the present.
Review - Frankie: The Autobiography of Frankie Dettori
The Autobiography of Frankie Dettori' by Lanfranco Dettori and Jonathan Powell. An entertaining, informative look into the life and times of a world class jockey.
Review - Horse Racing: A Humorous Look at the World of Horse Racing
by Charles S. Hellman and Robert A. Tiritilli. This short volume is great for when you need a quick laugh, to leave on your coffee table, or as bathroom reading. Any racing fan will appreciate the humor in it and will enjoy it, so it would make an excellent gift too.
Review - First Time Starters: An Investigational Report
In his new book, New York educator and handicapper Daniel DiPleco attempts to remove the fear of handicapping maiden races, exposing some very useful angles on how to find a first time starter who will win at first asking.
Review - Betting Maidens & 2-Year-Olds
Analytical Approach to Future Winners by Dan Illman. Shows how to make these seemingly unplayable races easier with several methods to weed out the winners from the losers.
Book Review - Ten Steps to Winning
Professional Handicapping & Money Management by Danny Holmes. Offers a quick handicapping method for beginners plus excellent money management techniques any bettor can use.
Review - Rock of Gibraltar
Ultimate Racehorse and Fabulous Prize in a Battle of Giants by Martin Hannan. Not just his history on the track, but the secret war that took place behind the scenes for control of his stud career.
by Eva Jolene Boyd. A gripping story about an undersized colt who could have easily been put down and never heard of because of an injury as a yearling, but who overcame this to become a Triple Crown winner.
Review: Triple Crown Winner: The Earl Sande Saga
An excellent biography of riding great Earl Sande by biography specialist Richard Maturi.
Review: Dream Race
The Search for the Greatest Thoroughbred Race Horse of All Time by Robert Clark. A unique blend of art and history that presents match-ups between some of the greatest horses of all time.
Review: Legacies of the Turf: A Century of Great Breeders (Vol. 2)
by Edward L. Bowen. An excellent reference book, especially for racing history aficionados and students of pedigree which can be of help to new fans as well as veterans.
Review: Pedigree Handicapping
by Lauren Stich. This book does an admirable job introducing the novice to intermediate handicapper to the art and science of pedigree handicapping.
Review: Racehorse Breeding Theories
by Frank Mitchell. Breeding can be as risky as betting, but the theories explained here may make it easier to understand how you can come up with a champion.
Review: Women of the Year
A review of 'Women of the Year: Ten Fillies who Achieved Horse Racing's Highest Honor' edited by Jacqueline Duke.
Review: The Abstract Primer of Thoroughbred Racing
Separating Myth from Fact to Identify the Genuine Gems & Dandies 1946-2003 by Richard Sowers. An excellent history book that uses standard races to aid in comparing horses and jockeys from different eras.
Book Review: "Man O'War"
by Page Cooper and Roger L. Treat. Out of print for decades, this is a wonderfully detailed version of the story of the original Big Red that every fan should read. Highly recommended!
Review: Using Impact Values To Select Breeders' Cup Winners
'Using Impact Values To Select Breeders' Cup Winners' by Stanley Caris is an excellent overview of how to use various statistics to help select the winner in each Breeders' Cup race.
Book Review - The Agua Caliente Story: Remembering Mexico's Legendary Racetrack
by David Jimenez Beltran. A labor of love that presents the rich history of a track that is almost forgotten today despite being the birthplace of such things as safety helmets, the pick six, and more. You should read this one.
Book Review: 'The Home Run Horse'
A review of 'The Home Run Horse: Inside America's Billion-Dollar Racehorse Industry and the High-Stakes Dreams that Fuel It' by Glenye Cain.
Review: '2004 American Racing Manual'
Edited by Paula Welch Prather. The original stats Bible of racing, it is an invaluable resource for research in many areas and belongs in the personal library of any follower of thoroughbred racing.
Book Review: 'Blind Switch'
A review of 'Blind Switch' by John McEvoy