DescriptionHow to enjoy a day at the races-and bet to win!
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.
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.