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From Football To Horses
Ready To Pick The Best Horses
Late Action Horses
Average Money Won Per Race
Five Aces - A Winning Hand
Making Adjustments When Handicapping Horses
The Daily Double
Straight Betting At The Racetrack
More Horse Racing Tips
( Originally Published mid 1950's )
The paramount aim of this book's methods is to select only such horses as appear ready to run as good as their best race, or at least give their backers some kind of a run for their money.
Once it has been established that a horse apparently is "ready for best," then we can determine just what his "best" race is-that is, whether his record shows he can beat the kind of horses opposing him today, and whether he is capable of handling the weight that has been assigned him.
The third and final step will be to make sure that there are no black marks against our selection in the form of a distance that he never has been able to negotiate, or maybe the circumstance that he tired in his last race, etc.
Two of our three types, to be considered "ready for best," must not only have won their last race but also won it in a most convincing manner.
By "convincing" we do not necessarily mean that the horse must have won easily in his last start. We mean that he either must have (1) taken the lead right at the start and held it, and also boast a high consistency record, or (2) gotten into close contention by the time the stretch was reached and then won going away.
The third type must have closed well and finished in the money in his last race, and also must have had late races and workouts so that we can be sure he is wound up like a top.
With this "Late Action" idea we merely are taking a leaf from the book of human athletes. Your baseball pitcher warms up at some length before a game, a heavyweight boxing champion generally engages in a couple of tune-up bouts before risking his title, and an Olympic runner takes long practice spins before a big race.
These "Late Action" horses need no overall consistency, which will be a tough pill for many conservative handicappers to follow. But these horses seem to do better than all right, which after all is the main idea.
It will be noted that all horses in any of the three methods must have finished in the money in their last start, which makes for fast selecting.
Having selected the horses that in our opinion are ready to "do their darndest," we will discuss in the next chapter whether that best race is likely to be good enough to win today.