Good book on horse betting and hadicapping?

What is a good book on horse betting and handicapping?

I’m not a novice I know the basics exactas, win, place and show. But I want more information which books will give me all I need to know to picking the winners. What is the bible to horse betting?

Question posted by: gustavo_zoom


One of the most highly regarded books on horse betting and handicapping is “Betting on Horse Racing For Dummies” by Richard Eng. It covers all aspects of horse betting, from the basics to advanced strategies and handicapping techniques. The book is written in an easy-to-understand format, making it accessible to both novices and experienced bettors.

Another well-respected book on the subject is “Ainslie’s Complete Guide to Thoroughbred Racing” by Tom Ainslie. This book is often referred to as the “bible” of horse betting and covers everything from handicapping to money management and betting strategies.

A few other notable books on horse betting and handicapping include:

  1. “The Winning Horseplayer” by Andrew Beyer – This book provides a thorough introduction to handicapping and betting strategies, focusing on the popular Beyer Speed Figures.
  2. “Picking Winners: A Horseplayer’s Guide” by Andrew Beyer – Another book by Beyer, this one focuses on the art of picking winning horses and offers valuable insights on various aspects of handicapping.
  3. “Horseplayers: Life at the Track” by Ted McClelland – This book offers an inside look at the world of horse racing and betting, featuring stories of professional handicappers and their strategies for success.
  4. “Horse Racing Handicapping: A Comprehensive Guide” by Dean Keppler – This guide covers various aspects of handicapping, from understanding racing forms to analyzing workouts and breeding.

These books offer valuable insights and strategies for anyone looking to improve their horse betting skills and increase their chances of picking winners consistently.


  • Kevin B

    “Picking Winners”- by Anderew Beyer. Clearly the best!

    It has concepts that other people, such as stock brokers, use in their risk-reward strategies.

  • H_A_V_0_C

    Picking Winners is OK, but biased towards speed figures.

    I would go with “Betting Thouroughbreds” by Steven Davidowitz as a good all around source for someone looking for more than just the basics.