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Best Horse Racing Books For Fun And Profit

Updated on May 10, 2011

Looking For Horse Racing Books?

Horse racing books can be for entertainment, for information or they can help you improve your skills in picking winners. Horse racing is a sport and as in any sports. there are tons of books on the subject. From heart warming horse stories to handicapping systems you can find books on most things have to do with the horse racing industry.

If you are interested in books gearing towards the sport of horse racing, there are several categories available depending upon your reading preference. There are many books about famous race horses which always have an inspiring story to them. Additionally you can find informative books about getting into the business of horse racing. Last but not least, my personal favorite are books about horse racing systems and how to win at the races. Read through the sections to get an ideas about the book subjects that you may be looking for.

Best Horse Racing Books About Famous Race Horses

Listed below are a few of the famous races horses who have insipired many authors to write their stories and many fans to read their stories.


Ruffian: Burning From The Start

Seabiscuit: An American Legend

Secretariat - Without a doubt Secretariat is probably the most well known horse in horse racing history. Secretariat, by Raymond Woolfe, Jr., the 25th Triple Crown Anniversary Edition is a celebration of the memory of America's most beloved racing champion and how he became the champion he was. This book is a very good read for all horse racing fans and shouldn't be missed.

Ruffian - Ruffian was a champion filly who loved to race and win. On July 6, 1975, Ruffian was entered in a match race against Kentucky Derby winner Foolish Pleasure; partway through the race Ruffian broke a front leg and, despite an operation, had to be destroyed. Ruffian: Burning From the Start by Jane Schwarts is Ruffian's story.

The Story Of Seabiscuit - Laura Hillenbrand tells the story of the horse who became a cultural icon in Seabiscuit: An American Legend. Seabiscuit became famous with the help of his owner, trainer and jockey and this book is his inspiring story. You will be touched by reading about the love the country had for Seabiscuit.

Books About Horse Racing Systems

There are all kinds of books about various horse racing systems that will help you pick up some profit when placing bets. The first book to get you started is Handicapping 101 which is a basic betting system and learn how to pick horses based on speed, class, form and pace. It is a great book to learn the basic strategies to picking winning horses.

The second book I would like to recommend is Modern Pace Handicapping By Tom Brohamer. Modern Pace Handicapping is for the experience dedicated handicapper who keeps a handle on all the past results and times. It is easy to read and a very thorough approach for serious handicappers.

Books About The Horse Racing Industry

I have not read these books because I am not interested in getting into the horse racing field but it can be a profitable business. You can buy and sell horses, train horses or work at the racetrack. I have listed some highly recommended books on the horse racing industry.

If you are looking for a career in the horse racing field, I suggest you do some research on the topic. If you look at the ones listed on the right, they will help you get a start in learning about horse racing.

How To Buy Horse Racing Books On Ebay

Ebay is a site were you can get some great deals on a variety of different horse racing books. If you have never shopped on Ebay before it is a great place to find unique items. Ebay makes sure their sellers are honest and provide great customer service.

Check out the right column where I have a few of the horse racing books that are for sale right now on Ebay. 

It is fun to shop on Ebay from the comfort of your living room. Simply bid on the horse racing book you want and if you are the winning bidder the item will be shipped right to your home. Happy shopping!

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    • SystemHorseRacing profile image


      5 years ago

      Great Book tips there

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      Sandy Mertens 

      8 years ago from Wisconsin, USA

      Interesting hub.

    • wavegirl22 profile image


      8 years ago from New York, NY

      My brother loves loves horse racing and as his birthday is coming up you have presented some excellent choices for me . thanks for this for I never know what to get him!!!!


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