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The Odds on Your Side (1990): Required Reading

Mark Cramer, The Odds on Your Side (Cynthia Publishing, 1990)

[originally posted 5Apr2001]

A number of bettors watch a bookmarker in the drawing on the book's cover.

Hint: by the time you get to being in this picture, you should already know exactly what you’re going to do.
photo credit: Amazon

Widely regarded as the definitive book on setting an odds line in your Thoroughbred handicapping, and for good reason. Cramer, who’s authored a number of excellent handicapping tomes, spends a couple of hundred pages on the concept of value and how to achieve it. His greatest strength is his simple assertion, backed up with a number of examples, that there is no mechanical formula to be used; it’s different for every race. He illustrates handicapping as art, rather than the handicapping-as-science approach used by many other books. Definitely a work that belongs in the bookshelf of every horseplayer, casual or serious. **** ½

About Robert "Goat" Beveridge

Media critic (amateur, semi-pro, and for one brief shining moment in 2000 pro) since 1986. Guy behind noise/powerelectronics band XTerminal (after many small stints in jazz, rock, and metal bands). Known for being tactless but honest.

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