Issue 82
April 2 - 8, 2002
Volume 3
page 3

Pocket Trainer Guide And Track Stats Series Help Horseplayers
By Howard Schwartz

Thoroughbred handicappers looking for timesaving data about trainers; sires and claiming purse values should find value in Olmsted's Pocket Trainer Guide 2002 (235 pages, paperbound, $60) and Track Stats 2002 ($24.95, 5x8 plastic spiralbound, which vary in number of pages, according to the edition, anywhere from 80 to 150 pages), and come in 12 different editions, focusing on Southern California, Northern California, New York, Illinois, Texas, Kentucky, etc.

Olmsted includes more than 5,500 trainers, from every North American track in his book. He analyzed each trainer in 18 different areas of expertise. Looking at one trainer as example, we find Eugenio Abbuzzese who is active in New York and New Jersey. He has a 10 percent win rate and 2.63 Return on Investment (ROI) from 320 starters, while he hits with 18 percent of his claimers (3.00 ROI) and looks to be good with first time starters (under 5-1).

A section on Sir Ratings lists 800 sires and grandsires graded in four categories "where bloodlines can be most influential." They are rated excellent, above average and average. The four categories are debut (first time starters); turf (first time turf and general turf ability); mud (off track running ability) and distance (stretching out for the first time).

Those searching for purse values for claiming races at tracks around the nation's 58 tracks will find it here. (An updated list will available to anyone buying the book and sent by email when ready).

Back to the trainer section, you'll have the ability to spot which people do well bringing a horse back in seven days or less; do well when dropping a horse in class; when changing surfaces; after regular or long layoffs; with first time lasix; first time blinkers; when moving up in class and many other situations.

With Track Stats, let's look at the New Jersey edition. Here, the book looks at Monmouth and the Meadowlands. The book focuses on trainer and jockey information. For the jockeys, you'll be able to isolate each jock's strengths and weaknesses. As the book points out: "If a jockey is a respectable 12% winner overall but a poor 3% in turf events, the reader will examine his turf mounts in a different light.

Want to know which jockeys do well in sprints, routes, turf, offtracks, on favorites or on longshots? Interested in which jockeys are hot or cold with what trainers; showing number of starts and win percentage? You get this at a glance.

Which trainers do well in routes; sprints; turf; first or second race after claim; going up and down class are included; also a track diagram, takeout percentages on various bets, if track bias exists at various distances and preferred running styles, shipper stats reflecting starts, wins, win percentage

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and $2 return on investment. Also shown is how often horses shipping from specific tracks and states produced winners.

The book also gives speed rating pars for males vs. females in various race categories for sprints vs. routes and horses for courses -dirt vs. turf.

Both books have similar material to a degree, but arranged in a different format-the first on a national level, the second focused on specific tracks in a specific geographic area.

Books are available from Gambler's Book Shop (Gambler's Book Club) at 630 South 11th St., Las Vegas, NV 89101. Call 1-800-522-1777 from 9 to 5 Pacific time, Monday through Saturday. Use MasterCard, VISA or Discover card. Or order via the store's web site at anytime using the same credit cards. The store's 80-page catalog is also online, or you can request a hard copy. More than 1,000 books in 30 areas of gambling are listed with prices and descriptions, plus computer software and videos. The store is now in its 38th year of operation, located a block west of Maryland Parkway, just off Charleston Boulevard, about two miles from Downtown Las Vegas.

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