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Signers By Susan L. Sweeney

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I thought the book was excellent! The first part was like a journey. From starting with no knowledge of the game to making the first bet. I could really relate to "the room", been there, done that! The difference being, my wife thinks I'm nuts! The author tells of the ups and downs of betting the races, the wins and losses. Not all is peaches and cream! When the journey reaches the point where she's comfortable with her method of selection and betting methods, she takes you along with her while she analyses her picks and structures her bets. I felt I was looking over her shoulder and listening to her while she made her selections. Loved the book - will probably read it many times, especially when my horses seem like they're walking around the track. I can take solace in the fact that it happens even to the successful horseplayer.
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 15, 2004 11:57 pm    Post subject: SUSAN'S BOOK Reply with quote

I just finished reading Susan's book.
Thank you Susan for your wonderful addition to the reading material for statistical handicappers.
I have been a statistical handicapper for about 10 or 12 years and I think your book is one of the best additions to horse racing books, especially for thinking out of the box.

THIS IS A MUST READ FOR ALL !!!!If you think I'm kidding or not serious-- take a look at the turf race at fairgrounds won by a first time turf horse. It paid 33 dollars to win. the horse was claimed from small tracks and taken to the fairgrounds to run on the turf for the first time as a 5 yr old. Great turf breeding. almost always 1st or second every race. anyone who has read Susan's book should have had this horse.
I had it across the board, had the exacta and the tri. An a. stall first time turf was second.
There was a wake up maiden winner at phila (turf to dirt) and (layoff) right out of Susan's book on the 10th or 11th.

This book and this type of handicapping (using stats and thinking outside the box is the wave of profit for all who care to open their eyes and study.
I will read this book to remind me of the important points about every few months.
When I get my stats from the last two weeks together I will share a few more of the races hit using Susan's type of thinking.

BRAVO SUSAN--I look forward to sitting down with YOU and ED some day and talking about horse racing.
Susan-Please continue to share with us.
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  The Story of a Woman in the Men's World of Horse Betting

   I have known and admired Susan Sweeney and her husband Ed Bain thanks to several years of playing the horses in their company at the Cracked Claw OTB in Maryland. During that period I observed two professional players with very different approaches. Ed has already told his magnificent story. Now it is Susan's turn.
In undertaking this book, Susan was concerned that she is not a professional writer. I encouraged her to go ahead with the project because she IS a professional player, and with a very unique style. The story of her evolution as a horse bettor is not only a valuable and refreshing addition to the literature of horse racing but also a human interest adventure of a woman who has dared to compete in what is largely a man's world.
     The same daring that allowed Susan to do sky diving has carried over into her horse betting. She is not afraid to go for the score, but is also well aware that this is a game of measured risk, and she shows us how she goes about calculating when to dive into a wager and when to hold off.
     Those who think they know everything about horse betting will find many an esoteric surprise in these pages. And those who have never put two dollars on a horse will discover a challenging and exciting new world.   Mark Cramer

excerpt from

Susan L. Sweeney



       ... A week later, on Wednesday, February 9th, Ed was headed for the Penn National OTB to bet two Santa Anita races and he asked me if I wanted to go along.  Just that morning I had been in our local courthouse filing some papers regarding our deed.  They had a metal detector, so I emptied most of the contents from my purse.  These contents happened to include my pocketsize Tomlinson pedigree ratings (before the time we had decided to purchase the two backup copies of his Mudders and Turfers).  When Ed and I arrived at the OTB, I opened my purse and I saw it only contained $20 so I decided to buy a voucher for this amount, relax, and bet for fun.
       It was quiet in the OTB since it was still early afternoon so Ed and I had our choice of seats and we sat in front of a bank of
TVs.  I watched several Fair Grounds post parades and in two separate races, I had noticed horses that looked physically ready and I bet $2 across the board on each.  To my surprise, both hit for double digits.  Ed had already made his first bet and his horse came in third so we were waiting for his next wager.
         I went back to watching the post parade at the Fair Grounds, and this time I saw a horse that looked amazing.  He had a
huge arched neck; he was prancing on his toes; and he had a determined look in his eye, coupled with an attitude that was saying to the world, “I am going to kick ass today”.  As soon as he passed by, another horse came along with exactly the same look and attitude, and suddenly I was faced with a dilemma.  I had never seen two horses in one race looking so good.
        I borrowed Ed’s Equibase Program to examine the race and was happy to learn that it was a 5-furlong Maiden Special Weight race on the turf.  I noticed the sire for one of the two horses was Zen.  I reached in to fetch my Tomlinson turf pedigree numbers out of my purse and discovered they were not there.  I thought, okay, this is the reason you memorize these numbers and I was thinking Zen was a 170 Tomlinson, which would make him capable, though not dominant on the grass.
        I checked the other good-looking horse for his sire, and compared all the other sires, to see if any one of them had a true advantage over any other on the grass. It was then that I noticed the 5 horse was out of Dixieland Band.  I gasped.  Just yesterday, for some unknown reason, Ed had mentioned to me that Dixieland Band is an extremely potent sire.  He said that horses sired by Dixieland Band “can literally do anything.  They can go short, long, run in the mud, on the turf; you name it, this sire can do it.” Strangely, up until yesterday Ed had never said a word to me ever about any sire.  So when I saw the Dixieland Band horse, my thoughts were “I can’t bet either of the other two horses across the board because Dixieland Band can beat them.”
      I went to the self-service terminal about two minutes to post and made the decision to box the three horses in a $1 trifecta for $6. I finally could sit back down, relax, and check out the odds of my selections.  Suddenly, I sat back up and onto the edge of my seat.  The odds were 17/1, 50/1 and 40/1.  As soon as I noticed those whopping odds, the race was off.
         The Dixieland Band horse got the lead right away and was running away from the field.  So many thoughts were going through my head, many of them telling myself how so very stupid I was for not having bet the Dixieland Band horse across the board.  The other part of me was more optimistic, daydreaming what a huge trifecta it would be with these longshots one-two-three.  I knew in my heart that this would never happen to me, especially since my other two horses were nowhere on the screen.
       It was a short race.  Only a minute had gone by, with all these contradictory thoughts swirling in my mind, when suddenly the Dixieland Band crossed the wire first and my two other horses followed in second and third!
        Ed was sitting next to me with his back sort of pushing into his chair, just studying the screens, when I lost my ability to speak and I started tugging on his shirtsleeve.  He looked at me and said, “What?”
       I was still mute.  I tapped his arm and pointing at the Fair Grounds television screen.  He did not understand me and had no clue what I had just bet because I rarely announced my bets to him.  Ed plays with the discipline and focus of a statue on Mount Rushmore, so I would have driven him crazy if I told him every wager I made, since I played so often and seemingly with no discipline.
        Finally, I blurted out a few words: “I think I hit that trifecta!”
        Ed said, “What trifecta, where?”  And I said, “At the Fair Grounds, and it’s going to be huge!”
Seconds later the race was made official and my three horses were right there on the screen, the 5-10-12.  Then the payouts came up, and I saw an amount of $43,280, and I was thinking that it must be the pick 6 payout.  Suddenly I realized it was for the $2 trifecta payout and I had half that amount for $21,640!
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