The Best Horse Racing Books

Sadly, several of the books mentioned here are out of print, but they can often be found on ebay or at abebooks. If you’ve ever wanted to know about feet-per-second calculations, early, late and sustained pace, decision models, track profiles and all the other tools of high-tech pace handicapping, this is the place to start.

The Winning Horseplayer by Andrew Beyer

Written in 1983 it’s still an excellent introduction to trip handicapping and how to relate trips to speed figures. Cramer virtually invented the idea of unconventional handicapping as a way of uncovering hidden value, and here he offers ways to use pedigree handicapping, company lines, and other contrarian methods to beat the speed handicappers at their own game.

Stud: Adventures in Breeding by Kevin Conley

A behind-the-scenes look at the world of high-class breeding, where millions of dollars are at stake, and wealthy breeders roll the dice as they “breed the best to the best and hope for the best.” Conley gives as a look into the breeding life of the great sire Storm Cat, as well as the Godolphin breeding operation, where Dubai’s Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum spends tens of millions trying for that elusive Derby winner. MPH contains a complete overview of the classic Sartin Methodology by its best-known (and perhaps most successful) practitioner. Not a great place to start for the novice, but well worth reading for more experienced players.

The Odds Must Be Crazy by Len Ragozin

Ragozin is the creator of the famous “Sheets” performance figures (which some consider a bargain at $25 a pop), and this autobiography cum handicapping tome gives a broad overview of how the numbers are created as well as how their users employ pattern matching to find live horses that may offer solid value in the mutual pools. Davidowitz gives a solid treatment of virtually all aspects of handicapping from speed and pace handicapping to workouts, conditioning, trainers, pedigree, and betting strategy. This book covers speed and pace figures, Quirin Speed Points, pedigree handicapping on the grass, even trip handicapping. I can’t imagine a horse racing fan who won’t enjoy paging through this book.

Money Secrets at the Racetrack by Barry Meadow

Many consider this the best book ever written on money management and the mathematical aspect of value betting and exotic betting. A great book to dip into when a losing streak has you looking for new ideas.

General Interest Horse Racing Books

The Race for the Triple Crown by Joe Drape

New York Times writer Joe Drape gives an excellent history of a year on the Derby Trail among the high class stables of New York, a world far removed from the scrape-along lifestyle at most race tracks.

Laughing in the Hills by Bill Barich

Barich is a terrific writer, and here he gives a wonderful account of bumming around the Northern California racing circuit in the late 1970s, marking time and getting to know the colorful denizens of the Golden Gate Fields backside.

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Betting Thoroughbreds by Steve Davidowitz

For my money this is the best general handicapping book ever written, and a great place to start for novices looking to expand their knowledge as well as more seasoned players looking to move up. Quinn gives an introduction into how figures are made, as well as their application as part of the general handicapping process. Crist, an executive and columnist with the Daily Racing Form, has ably filled that hole with this book, which offers some solid strategies for tackling both single and multi-race exotics. My favorite part of the book details Beyer’s expedition into the virgin territory of Australian racing, where he attempted to use his figures to conquer the fat betting pools down under.

Thoroughbred Handicapping State of the Art by William Quirin

Quirin was among the first to do a major computer study of American horse racing. I’ve spent countless happy hours with this book revisiting some old friends as well as learning about the greats before my time. There’s something about the beauty of the thoroughbred and the color of the backstretch that brings out the lyrical side of many writers. In this book, recently republished by DRF Press, he brings together a comprehensive overview of most aspects of modern handicapping theory. The focus here is on non-fiction books, although there’s no shortage of fictional horse racing books. The book is more notable for its exiting narrative than its handicapping secrets, but speed figures and track bias played a large part in his success.

Champions by Daily Racing Form Staff

An awesome collection of lifetime past performance for every eclipse award winner since the 1890′s. I’ve divided this article into two sections, one focusing on handicapping books, and the other on more general interest books. He also provides a figure method for the turf based on late speed as a deciding factor.

Horse of a Different Color by Jim Squires

A great account of what it’s like to be a small time breeder by Jim Squires, the former Chicago Tribune editor turned thoroughbred breeder who hit the big time when he bred the Kentucky Derby winner Monarchos.

Commonsense Betting by Dick Mitchell

Winning at the track takes more than good handicapping. Nack gives us a ring side seat for all the twists and turns leading up to his incredible Triple Crown Campaign. A must for every horseplayer’s bookshelf.

Figure Handicapping By James Quinn

As the title suggests, speed and pace figures are the focus here. Beyer always interleavens his handicapping books with lots of good stories that bring out the magic of the track from the bettor’s point of view.

Speed Handicapping by Andrew Beyer

By the time this was written in 1993, speed figures had lost most of their value in the parimutuel pools, but Beyer is nothing if not a die hard figure player. I particularly enjoyed Ragozin’s war stories about his experiences as a horse owner and bettor (he and his partner Len Friedman have poured millions into the parimutuel pools over the years). In addition to an excellent chapter on money management, Mitchell teaches you how to calculate the cost of any exotic wager, make an odds line, as well as how to know when a bet is offering value on the tote board.

Seabiscuit: An American Legend by Laura Hillenbrand

A book that hardly needs an introduction, given the sensation it made when published. Here are my choices for the best horse racing books.

Handicapping Books

Kinky Handicapping by Mark Cramer

Cramer is one of the most entertaining and thought-provoking handicapping writers there is, and Kinky Handicapping is his magnum opus.

Handicapping Magic by Michael Pizzolla

There haven’t been a lot of additions to the body of handicapping knowledge since the glory days of the 70′s and 80′s, but former Sartin disciple Pizzolla at least contributes something new with his Balanced Speed Ratings and Fulcrum Pace. It also requires solid money management, and that’s where Commonsense Betting comes in. Crist is a pick six specialist, and his treatment of how to use multiple tickets to tackle that difficult bet is well worth the price of the book.

Secretariat: The Making of a Champion by William Nack

Nack is a long time Sports Illustrated writer who had unprecedented access to the great Secretariat and his connections during “Big Red’s” amazing career. The information is certainly a bit dated, but there’s still lots of good food for thought considering the book was published 25 years ago.

My $50,000 Year at the Races by Andrew Beyer

Andy Beyer always delivers a good read, and this account of his home run year of 1977 when he beat the races for 50 large while splitting his time between Gulfstream Park and the Maryland tracks is one of my favorite racing books ever. Ragozin doesn’t give away the store here, but there’s still plenty of good information as well as an enjoyable read for horse racing fans.

Modern Pace Handicapping By Tom Brohammer

If you only read one book about pace handicapping, this should be the one. A meticulously researched account of Seabiscuit’s rags to riches story, as well as that of his owner, trainer, and jockey.

The Best of Thoroughbred Handicapping by James Quirin

Quinn was the most prolific of handicapping writers in the 80′s and 90′s. Meadow is a serious player and the information here is rock solid.

Exotic Betting by Steven Crist

Most of the best handicapping books were written before exotic betting came to dominate the mutual pools, and this has left a big hole in the literature for horseplayers seeking the big score. Beyer on Speed gives a solid overview of how speed figures are made as well as how they might be employed for betting success

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Brasília

(Estádio Nacional Mané Garrincha)

Capacity

70,000

Outside Chance

Netherlands, England, and France are three teams who have the potential to win the most coveted trophy in soccer, but more often than not falter just before the final hurdle. They are the defending champions, besides also winning the Euro championships-the only team to achieve this feat. They have won the World Cup 4 times, only second to Brazil, and know what it takes to reach the top. Let’s have a look at where the matches are being held, the 8 different groups, and the top contenders for the coveted title of FIFA World Champions 2014.

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Group F

Group G

Group C

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The Dark Horse

No one might give them much of a chance, but Portugal is definitely a dark horse capable of pulling off the unexpected. This does not mean that they will just come and go! Mind you, some are more than capable of beating the best, but only on their day.

Fixtures

4

Manaus

(Arena Amazônia)

Capacity

42,500

Group D

Natal

(Arena das Dunas)

Capacity

42,000

Group H

Belo Horizonte

(Estádio Mineirão)

Capacity

62,500

Fixtures

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Recife

(Arena Pernambuco)

Capacity

46,000

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Rio de Janeiro

(Estádio do Maracanã)

Capacity

77,000

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Porto Alegre

(Estádio Beira-Rio)

Capacity

51,000

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Fortaleza

(Estádio Castelão)

Capacity

65,000

São Paulo

(Arena Corinthians)

Capacity

68,000

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4. Half the planet will be tuned in to the extravaganza, which is the most watched sports tournament in the world.

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Curitiba

(Arena da Baixada)

Capacity

44,000

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Cuiabá

(Arena Pantanal)

Capacity

43,000

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The Brazilian Samba!

Brazil has appeared in each and every World Cup, having won it 5 times, more than any other nation.

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2014 will see the 20th edition of the FIFA World Cup, a tournament which started way back in 1930. Nevertheless, keep an eye on them too throughout the tournament. Cristiano Ronaldo is currently the best footballer in the world, and he will be more than keen to take his team right through the tournament and make champions out of them. Besides, they are the current number 1 ranked side in the world, and since quite some time, may I add. And then there is Argentina, who have won this tournament twice. In short, they’ll be unnoticed at the start, but make their presence felt more and more as the tournament progresses.

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Salvador

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Capacity

56,000

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In 2006 statisticians at Technorati, having previously not factored China into their calculations, realised Jinglei’s blog was the most popular in the world. Minimalist it might be, but his site – a basic scroll of full-length street portraits, occasionally annotated with a brief note – is mesmeric and oddly beautiful. Though she was keen to retain her anonymity and continue her career in the film industry, author ‘Abby Lee’ was soon outed as north Londoner Zoe Margolis by a Sunday newspaper.

One of the early wave of blogging pioneers, web designer Jason Kottke started keeping track of interesting things on the internet as far back as 1998. The site signposts important events and interesting analyses, gives context and witty commentary on everything from the most serious speeches to the silliest election-themed YouTube clips. Rojas also co-founded rival gadget blog Gizmodo.

31. It’s now the biggest website for LGBT women, with half a million hits a month.

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48. Its launch was a landmark moment in the evolution of the web because it showed that many of the old rules still applied to the new medium: a bit of marketing savvy and deep pockets could go just as far as geek credibility, and get there faster. This, in turn, has led to multiple books and the ability to forge a dream career as a food writer.The name of the blog is, she says, a good metaphor for her cooking style: ‘The zucchini illustrates my focus on healthy and natural eating… And as the phenomenon grew quickly, Kottke became a well-known filter for surfers on the lookout for interesting reading.

50. In the era pre-Huffington, big media companies ignored the web, or feared it; post-Huffington they started to treat it as just another marketplace, open to exploitation. Consistently ranked among the top 20 blogs on Technorati, Treehugger has 10 staff but also boasts 40 writers from a wide variety of backgrounds in more than 10 countries around the world, who generate more than 30 new posts a day across eight categories, ranging from fashion and beauty, travel and nature, to science and technology. The blog’s name Mashable is derived from Mashup, a term for the fusing of multiple web services. Previous guesses have included Chris Evans and Johnny Vaughan, though both have been strenuously denied.

Treehugger is a green consumer blog with a mission to bring a sustainable lifestyle to the masses. Arianna’s money talked just as loudly online as off, and the Huffington Post quickly became one of the most influential and popular journals on the web. But thanks to the decision in 1998 to run a scurrilous rumour – untouched by mainstream media – about Bill Clinton and a White House intern named Monica Lewinsky, it became a national phenomenon. Michelle Malkin

Jinglei is a popular actress (and director of Letter From An Unknown Woman) in China, who in 2005 began a blog (‘I got the joy of expressing myself’) which within a few months had garnered 11.5m visits and spurred thousands of other Chinese to blog. He often picks up trends and happenings before friends start forwarding them to your inbox. Readers range from top web 2.0 developers to savvy 13-year-olds wishing for the latest plug-ins to pimp up their MySpace pages.

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Launched by ‘Bob’ after the success of his WorldCupBlog in 2006, Offside is a UK-based blog covering football leagues globally, gathering news and visuals on all of it, inviting countless match reports and promoting discussion on all things soccer, from the attack by a colony of red ants on a player in the Sao Paulo state championship third division, to the particular qualities of every one of Cristiano Ronaldo’s goals so far this season. Despite working as a magazine editor, Marshall chose to vent on the web. Goes home and posts it on his blog. Her influence is such that fashion editors namecheck her blog, Chanel invites her to product launches and advertisers have come calling.

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Combining diary, opinion and green lifestyle tips, Beansprouts is a blog that covers one family’s ‘search for the good life’. Since then, lesbian and bisexual women have moved from the margins on to primetime TV, and this blog analyses the good, the bad and the ugly of how they’re portrayed. He endorsed George Bush in 2000 and John Kerry in 2004. Kottke

41. Started by lesbian pop-culture guru Sarah Warn in 2002, the name of the site gives a nod to the groundbreaking moment Ellen DeGeneres came out on her hit TV show, Ellen, in 1997. His reality show premiered on VH1 last year, and his blogsite is peppered with snaps of him cuddling Paris Hilton at premieres. They grow food on an allotment nearby, keep chickens and bees and ‘try to be green, whatever that means’. With a few clicks and an impulse she created her own blog, and quickly gathered fans who followed her life in Paris, the strained relationship with her partner and adventures with her toddler. ‘I think in many cases the reporting we do is more honest, more straight than a lot of things you see even on the front pages of great papers like the New York Times and the Washington Post,’ he said in an interview last year. Sharply written and often laugh-out-loud funny, Hecklerspray has been called the British alternative to Perez Hilton, but it’s different in important ways: the emphasis here is on style and wit, with a stated aim to ‘chronicle the ups and downs of all that is populist and niche within the murky world of entertainment’. That makes her one of the most influential women online. Perezhilton

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Engadget provides breaking news, rumours and commentary on, for instance, a camera able to track a head automatically, the very latest HD screen or ‘visual pollution’ concerns prompted by hand-held pico laser-projectors. Bored at work one day in 2004, expat secretary Catherine Sanderson happened upon the concept of blogging. Considered by many to be the best ‘serious’ blog in the game, it nevertheless promises irreverently, ‘If there is a sex scandal in England, we’ll be stuck in the middle of it. The offside

Bloggers saw themselves as gadflies, pricking the arrogance of established elites from their home computers, in their pyjamas, late into the night. TMZ prides itself on being close to the action, so close, in fact, a TMZ photographer had his foot run over by Britney Spears mid-meltdown. Popjustice

34. The organisation, which was founded in 1994 in New York, spans more than 35 countries and gets up to 100,000 hits a month. The site has built itself a reputation as something of an intellectual powerhouse; a sort of global philosophical thinktank conducted via blog.

Their dominance of the terrain where technology meets politics makes the Boing Boing crew geek aristocracy. The blog has been so successful that Klein has penned a book, Straight Up and Dirty, and has featured in countless magazine and newspaper articles around the globe. Melanie Rimmer and her family of five live in a ‘small ex-council house’ with a garden on the edge of farmland in Poynton, Cheshire. Gawker’s earliest fascination was gossip about Vogue editor Anna Wintour, garnered from underlings at Conde Nast. It pulls in 1.6m readers a month and is endlessly cited as the source for red-top celeb stories. If a player is traded for 1,000lb of beef in Romania, we’ll cook the steak. They hated the mainstream media – and the feeling was mutual. Things started going gangbusters when he pimped his cartoons on the internet, and as he built an audience through his blog, he started writing about his other passion – the new world of understanding how to adapt marketing to the new world of the net. Investigations have traced the sources back to China, leading to speculation that the Chinese authorities are trying to sabotage the site to stop online critics.

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To borrow the gold-rush simile beloved of web pioneers, Huffington’s success made the first generation of bloggers look like two-bit prospectors panning for nuggets in shallow creeks before the big mining operations moved in.

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13. But even the most earnest bloggers will often take time out of their busy schedule to pass on some titbit of mildly entertaining geek ephemera. Basic Thinking reports on technology and odds and ends, encouraging readers to rummage through an 1851 edition of the New York Times one minute and to contemplate the differences between mooses and elks the next.

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7. So when, in 2005, Huffington decided to mobilise her fortune and media connections to create, from scratch, a flagship liberal blog she was roundly derided. Girl with a one-track mind

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Founded by Peter Cashmore in 2005, Mashable is a social-networking news blog, reporting on and reviewing the latest developments, applications and features available in or for MySpace, Facebook, Bebo and countless lesser-known social-networking sites and services, with a special emphasis on functionality. ‘But for security reasons we can’t reveal details of how or where yet.’ Similarly, a massive protest in London on 10 March will be the subject of intense cyber comment. Jezebel

Least likely to post ‘Mein heim, mein gott – I need to get a life’

stephanieklein.blogs.com

No matter what happens between now and 4 November, you can be certain the US presidential election of 2008 will be among the most historically important and dramatic of any fought. Man wanders around Manhattan with a camera. Recent scoops include Barack Obama dressed in tribal garb and the fact Prince Harry was serving in Afghanistan. In the article above we wrongly said that Ryan Block founded Engadget and co-founded gadget blog Gizmodo. Drudge is scorned by journalists and serious bloggers for his tabloid sensibilities, but his place in the media history books is guaranteed. The site seems pretty lo-fi – just entries called things like ‘Robin’s birthday’ and ‘FEB16′ featuring pages of images of hip young things getting their party on. Something about the everyday nature of The Waiter – a person we like to pretend is invisible or treat with servile disdain – deconstructing the event later with a subtle, erudite typestroke, has captured the public imagination and (hopefully) made some people behave better in restaurants than they otherwise might.

It’s dry, real, and deafeningly practical, but for an online writing-for-the-internet blog, Copyblogger, founded in 2006, is remarkably interesting. Nowadays the figure is 11m, recovering from a recent dip to 8m thanks to the showing of a Tom Cruise ‘Indoctrination Video’ which Scientologists had legally persuaded YouTube to take down. With a history of direct action, the group is now uniting worldwide members through the web, blogging to spread word of news and protests, and using sites like Facebook to raise funds. But don’t think that means the omnipresent celeb blog that sends shivers round offices up and down the country on ‘mail-out day’ is slowing down – there has been talk of Holy Moly expanding into TV.

mashable.com

Behind Dooce stands an army of personal bloggers perhaps not directly influenced by, or even aware of, her work – she represents the hundreds of thousands who decide to share part of their life with strangers. But taken as read, Shark Fu is a much-discussed, 35-year-old black woman, tired of the ‘brutal weight’ of her ‘invisibility’.

Least likely to post ‘I like babies but I couldn’t eat a whole one’

One of the best-known personal bloggers (those who provide more of a diary than a soapbox or reporting service), Heather Armstrong has been writing online since 2001. This set the tone for amassing a readership of movers and shakers on the Upper East Side, as well as ‘the angry creative underclass’ wishing either to be, or not be, like them, or both (‘the charmingly incompetent X… Visitors first witness ‘eye candy’ such as David Beckham condoms (from China), 75 turtles in a fridge, the packaging for Mega Frankfurters or a life-size Ferrari knitted from wool, learn of a second X-Files movie moving into pre-pre-production, watch a vacuum-cleaning robot being tested and compare taste reports of Kentucky Fried Chicken’s new Shrimp Tsuisuta Chilli.

Microsiervos, which began in 2001, took its name from Douglas Coupland’s novel Microserfs, a diary entry-style novel about internet pioneers. WoWinsider

In the middle of a career as an adman in New York, Hugh MacLeod found himself doodling acerbic and almost surreal cartoons on the back of people’s business cards to pass the time in bars. And the blog recently reported that America’s Homeland Security are – seriously – looking for a terrorist operating within WoW.

21. By 2006, the blog was bookified and published by Ebury, and spent much time on bestseller lists, beach towels and hidden behind the newspapers of serious-looking commuters. But the man in question is Scott Schuman, who had 15 years’ experience working at the high-fashion end of the clothing industry before starting The Sartorialist. Treehugger began as an MBA class project four years ago and says it now generates enough revenue from sponsorship and advertising to pay all its staffers and writers. His site is now ranked the third-most popular blog in the world by search engine Technorati, spawning a mini-empire of websites and conferences as a result. The daily dish

Least likely to post ‘Just add instant mash’

samizdata.net

Least likely to post ‘So just what is a caucus?’

1. It was instrumental in exposing the creeping erosion of civil liberties in the US under post-9/11 ‘Homeland Security’ legislation. Within a year Gawker’s readers were making 500,000 page views per month. With one post a day, often more, topics for discussion can range from top 10 uses for apples to making scrap quilts. Her main theme is how liberals betray America by being soft on terrorism, peddling lies about global warming and generally lacking patriotism and moral fibre.

chezpim.typepad.com

Boing Boing chronicles cases where despotic regimes have silenced or imprisoned bloggers. Engadget

dirtydirtydancing.com

waiterrant.net

Least likely to post ‘OMG, I saw Jessica Simpson in Lidl and she signed my bum!’

· This article was amended on Friday March 14 2008. The site attracts more than 70,000 readers a day and has been named one of Time’s Top 100 Design Influences. This has been corrected.

Rant isn’t quite the right word for this collection of carefully crafted stories from the sharp end of the service industry in a busy New York restaurant. Remember when everybody was madly printing off vouchers from the web that saved you 40 per cent? That was one of his: aimed at helping shift more bottles from Stormhoek, the South African vintner he works with.

Angry Black Bitch, which has the tagline, ‘Practising the Fine Art of Bitchitude’, is the four-year-old blog of Shark Fu of St Louis, Missouri. It does it all with gentle, irreverent charm, polluted only occasionally with gratuitous smut. AfterEllen

Afterellen takes an irreverent look at how the lesbian community is represented in the media. It is run by Alvy, Nacho and Wicho, three friends in Madrid, who blog in Spanish. Grillo’s name for Mario Mastella, leader of the Popular-UDEUR centre-right party, is Psychodwarf. Icanhascheezburger

gigazine.net

dooce.com

blog.sina.com.cn/xujinglei

Least likely to post ‘Has anyone got a stamp?’

Following in the footsteps of Belle de Jour – the anonymous blogger claiming to be a sex worker – the girl with a one track mind started writing in open, explicit terms about her lively sex life in 2004. Rimmer set up the blog nearly two years ago when she first got the allotment and says she felt it was something worth writing about. You’re about to become a style icon.

36. The world’s most popular blog on gadgets and consumer electronics, Engadget was founded by Peter Rojas in 2004 and won the Web Blogs Awards that year and each year since. The US site is dripping with ‘breaking news’ stories, pictures and videos, and deems celeb activity as mundane as stars walking to their cars worthy of a video post.

kottke.org

Techcrunch began in 2005 as a blog about dotcom start-ups in Silicon Valley, but has quickly become one of the most influential news websites across the entire technology industry. The mixture of an insider’s view on gastronomic Paris, conversational, bilingual writing and the sheer irresistibility of her recipes pull in thousands of readers every day. Business Week named Arrington one of the 25 most influential people on the web, and Techcrunch has even scored interviews with Barack Obama and John McCain.

Least likely to post ‘Did anyone see Casualty last night?’

The Report started life as an email gossip sheet, and then became a trashy webzine with negligible traffic. They auctioned the tyre-tracked sock on eBay in aid of US charity the Children’s Defense Fund last autumn.

Least likely to post ‘I’d say it’s six of one, half a dozen of the other’

treehugger.com

5. Not with self-confessed ‘airline dork’ Brett Snyder, aka Cranky Flier, keeping tabs on their progress. Eight years later Talking Points Memo and its three siblings draw in more than 400,000 viewers a day from their base in New York.

Andrew Sullivan is an expat Brit, blogging pioneer and defier-in-chief of American political stereotypes. Kottke’s decision to consciously avoid politics could be part of his appeal (he declares himself ‘not a fan’), particularly since the blog’s voice is literate, sober and inquiring, unlike much of the red-faced ranting found elsewhere online.

Least likely to post ‘Why Plastic Bags rock’

The article below said ‘Psychodwarf’ was Beppe Grillo’s nickname for ‘Mario Mastella, leader of the Popular-UDEUR centre-right party’, but it’s actually his nickname for Silvio Berlusconi. Swelling with advice on online writing, it’s an essential tool for anyone trying to make themselves heard online, whether commenting on a discussion board or putting together a corporate website.

30. Founder Michael Arrington had lived through the internet goldrush as a lawyer and entrepreneur before deciding that writing about new companies was more of an opportunity than starting them himself. In 2006, SFT used a satellite link at Mount Everest base camp to stream live footage on to YouTube of a demonstration against Chinese Olympic athletes practising carrying the torch there. Techcrunch

45. Chez Pim

Least likely to post ‘An iWhat?’

Least likely to post ‘How To Look Skinny While Pleasing Your Man!’

andrewsullivan.theatlantic.com

huffingtonpost.com

But the pyjama purists were confounded. It hoovered up traffic. One exception is Michelle Malkin, a conservative newspaper columnist and author with one of the most widely read conservative blogs in the US. Before the millionaire socialite Arianna Huffington decided to get in on the act, bloggers operated in a spirit of underdog solidarity. The F word

17. Last year he helped set the agenda after George Bush covertly fired a string of US attorneys deemed disloyal to the White House. It helped channel blogger scorn on to Yahoo and Google when they kowtowed to China’s censors in order to win investment opportunities. TMZ was launched in 2005 by AOL and reportedly employs around 20 writers to keep the celeb juice flowing. And much though they hate him, the hacks all still check his front page – just in case he gets another president-nobbling scoop.

Least likely to post ‘If you can’t say anything nice…’

bean-sprouts.blogspot.com

11. But its core value – ‘media criticism’ – appears to be intact.

With a horde of hungry geeks and big money investors online, Techcrunch is the largest of a wave of technology-focused blog publishers to tap into the market – GigaOm, PaidContent and Mashable among them – but often proves more contentious than its rivals, thanks to Arrington’s aggressive relationships with traditional media and his conflicts of interest as an investor himself.

Taking the protest online, Students for a Free Tibet (SFT) is a global, grassroots network of students campaigning to free Tibet, which has been occupied by China since 1950. Defeat turned into victory, however, with the press attention she gathered from the dismissal not only securing victory in an industrial tribunal, but also helping her score a lucrative two-book deal with Penguin. The Sartorialist

38. And if something interesting happens in Major League Soccer, we’ll be just as surprised as you.’

28. It has developed a highly engaged community and has added popular services like TreeHugger.tv, and a user-generated blog, Hugg. Copyblogger

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18. Supporters of US presidential candidate Ron Paul promoted on WoWInsider their recent virtual mass march through the WoW. Stylebubble

WoWinsider.com

thefword.org.uk

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petiteanglaise.com

icanhascheezburger.com

Least likely to post ‘Is it just me or is Romney getting cuter?’

49. But hidden among the pictures of steam-powered CD players and Darth Vader tea towels there is a steely, ultra-liberal political agenda: championing the web as a global medium free of state and corporate control. He’s moved on from spending his childhood birthdays in airport hotels, face pressed against the window watching the planes come in, and turned his attention to reporting on the state of airlines. ‘But I think both kinds of journalism should exist, should co-exist.’

14. Angry black bitch

10. TMZ

Least likely to post ‘Make mine a Happy Meal’

popjustice.com

Least likely to post ‘Hey guyz, any hotties in the Nepal region?!’

Least likely to post ‘I prefer Pierre Boulez’s interpretation of Mahler’s third’

gawker.com

hecklerspray.com

Millions of visitors visit Icanhascheezburger.com to see, create, submit and vote on Lolcats (captioned photos of characterful cats in different settings). Mashable

Growing in popularity since its debut in 2003, Jonny B’s diary – which is clearly neither private nor terribly secret – catalogues the rock and bowls lifestyle of one man in the depths of rural Norfolk. The site stays on the right side of gratuitous nastiness by dishing out generous praise when due (the coveted ‘Well Played’), being genuinely thoughtful on questions of taste and funnier on the subject of random starlets in sequined sweatpants than you could possibly even imagine.

Lego reconstructions of pop videos and cakes baked in the shape of iPods are not generally considered relevant to serious political debate.

It’s a neat word, fug – just a simple contraction of ‘ugly’ and its preceding expletive – but from those three letters an entire fugging industry has grown. Mario, 29, is famous for scrawling rude things (typically doodles about drug use) over pap photos and outing closeted stars. Basic thinking

20. Mastella’s first name is Clemente and Popular-UDEUR was part of Romano Prodi’s centre-left coalition.

9. Then, on a whim, they began a website, first comprising only that one captioned photo but which has since grown into one of the most popular blogs in the world.

angryblackbitch.blogspot.com

35. The UK blog attracts 750,000 visitors a month and 240,000 celeb-obsessees subscribe to the accompanying weekly mail-out. Treehugger

22. Boing Boing

Least likely to post ‘Sorry, I can’t think of anything to say’

43. There’s nowhere to hide for airlines these days. It’s an established resource for newspaper columnists – both tabloid and broadsheet – and there’s a daily ‘News from the Molehill’ slot in the free London paper The Metro. So he is either confused, a hypocrite or a champion of honest non-partisanship – depending on your point of view. It launched in January 2000 and has had an immeasurable influence on the style and idiom of blogging. It is informal, friendly and humorous, moving from news of an eccentric new letter font to reflections on the discovery of the Milky Way having double the thickness it was previously thought to have.

Once dubbed ‘Hollywood’s most hated website’, Perezhilton (authored by Mario Lavandeira since 2005) is the gossip site celebrities fear most. And West Wing fans will be pleased to note that the blog’s name is a reference to the show’s British ambassador to the United States, Lord John Marbury, who, appropriately enough, provided an eccentrically British but reliably insightful appraisal of American politics.

For Clothilde Dusoulier, a young woman working in computing and living in the Paris district of Montmartre, starting a blog was a way of venting her boundless enthusiasm for food without worrying she might be boring her friends with it. It’s representative – but by no means the first – of the so-called ‘job-blogs’, with people from all walks of life, from ambulance drivers (randomactsofreality.net) and policemen (coppersblog.blogspot.com) to the greatly loved but now defunct Call Centre Confidential. She has never posted a photo of herself and this ‘anonymity’ has led recently to her having to fend off claims she’s really a white man, even a drag queen. Samizdata serves its opinions up strong and neat, but still recognisable as politics. Students in Tibet face arrest for posting on the site, but many escape to blog about their experiences in exile. WoWinsider reports on what’s happening within WoW (‘Sun’s Reach Harbor has been captured’). The original delight was in logging on to see if you’d made it on to the site – your chances increase exponentially if you’re beautiful, avant-garde and hang out at clubs and parties in the edgier parts of London – but now the site can get up to 900,000 hits a month from all over the world.

42. Formed as an internet supergroup, pulling several popular intellectual blogs together, Crooked Timber now has 16 members – largely academics – across the US, Europe, Australia and Asia. But few diaries are read by 10,000 people a day. Barack Obama is his preferred Democrat candidate in 2008. And there was plenty of drama to watch: within a year her relationship had broken up, and she’d met a new man who wooed her online. Dirtydirty dancing

drudgereport.com

Founded in 2004 by John Amato (a professional saxophonist and flautist), Crooks and Liars is a progressive/liberal-leaning political blog, with over 200m visitors to date, which is illustrated by video and audio clips of politicians and commentators on podiums, radio and TV. Hecklerspray

40. It was the first to break Alec Baldwin’s now infamous ‘rude little pig’ voicemail last April, for instance. Dooce

As ideas go, this one is pretty simple. On the day of Lindsay Lohan’s arrest for drink-driving, he posted 60 updates, and 8m readers logged on. Gawker remains the flagship of Gawker Media, which now comprises 14 blogs, although gossiping by ex-Gawker insiders, a fixation on clicks (which its bloggers are now paid on the basis of) and fresh anxiety over defining itself have led some to claim Gawker has become more ‘tabloidy’ and celeb- and It-girl-orientated, and less New York-centric. On the other side of the border, in the wilderness, the real nutters start.

Attracting around 10,000 people from all over the globe to her site every week, Pim Techamuanvivit has tried and tested an awful lot of food. Waiter rant

perezhilton.com

A typical blog by Grillo calls, satirically or otherwise, for the people of Naples and Campania to declare independence, requests that Germany declare war on Italy to help its people (‘We will throw violets and mimosa to your Franz and Gunther as they march through’) or reports on Grillo’s ongoing campaign to introduce a Bill of Popular Initiative to remove from office all members of the Italian parliament who’ve ever had a criminal conviction. Each posting, usually ending with ‘I have to be up early’ or a promise to report tomorrow on a DVD she is watching, is followed by many hundreds of comments from readers – affirming their love, offering advice, insisting she take care. The site took off, boosted partly through close links to popular blog-building website Blogger (he later married one of the founders).

girlwithaonetrackmind.blogspot.com

Amused by a photo of a smiling cat, idiosyncratically captioned with the query ‘I Can Has A Cheezburger?’, which he found on the internet while between jobs in early 2007, Eric Nakagawa of Hawaii emailed a copy of it to a friend (known now only as Tofuburger). Fergie from Black Eyed Peas alluded to him in a song, and Avril Lavigne phoned, asking him to stop writing about her after he repeatedly blogged about her lack of talent and her ‘freakishly long arm’. From Michelin-starred restaurants to street food and diners, she samples it all, and posts her thoughts and pictures to share with other foodie fans. So if you’re out and about and a guy called Scott asks to take your picture, just smile. Later this year the web will be a critical tool in organising and reporting protests during the games. His CV is crammed with various US airline jobs, which gives him the insider knowledge to cast his expert eye over everything from the recent 777 emergency landing at Heathrow to spiralling baggage handling costs and the distribution of air miles to ‘virtual assistants’.

Least likely to post ‘The customer is always right’

Least likely to post ‘I even wear my Ugg boots in bed’

jezebel.com

Least likely to post ‘I’m off to anger-management’

Stephanie Klein’s blog allows her to ‘create an online scrapbook of my life, complete with drawings, photos and my daily musings’ or, rather, tell tawdry tales of dating nightmares, sexual encounters and bodily dysfunctions. Last year her blog passed the 1bn clicks mark.

15. Who, spluttered the original bloggerati, did she think she was?

Least likely to post ‘That Obama’s got a lovely smile, hasn’t he?’

If someone stole your camera, took it out for the night to parties you yourself aren’t cool enough to go to and returned it in the morning, you would probably find it loaded up with pictures like those posted on DirtyDirtyDancing. Primarily, Armstrong became one of the first high-profile cases of somebody being fired for writing about her job. Three years on, Rupert Murdoch owns MySpace, while newbie amateur bloggers have to gather traffic crumbs from under the table of the big-time publishers. Between them they chronicle life in their trade, and usually from behind a veil of anonymity. Everyone seemed to like the idea, so he kept going. ‘In another country, he would have been the dishwasher in a pizzeria,’ says Grillo. After describing events that her employer – a dotcom start-up – thought reflected badly on them, Armstrong was sacked. Lau, 23, admits to spending up to 60 per cent of her pay from her day job in advertising on clothes, but now she’s viewed as a fashion opinion former, she’s being paid in kind.

Least likely to post ‘There’s nothing wrong with a well-conducted cavity search’

TMZ.com

37. He continues to plug away at the site as it enters its 10th year.

Marshall has forged a reputation, and now makes enough money to run a small team of reporters who have made an impact by sniffing out political scandal and conspiracy. No one has done more to promote pointless, yet strangely cool, time-wasting stuff on the net than the editors of Boing Boing (subtitle: A Directory of Wonderful Things). It succeeded quickly, in part by acknowledging the five big lies perpetuated by the women’s media: The Cover Lie (female forgeries of computer-aided artistry); The Celebrity-Profile Lie (flattery, more nakedly consumerist and less imaginative than the movies they’re shilling for); The Must-Have Lie (magazine editors are buried in free shit); The Affirmation Crap Lie (you are insecure about things you didn’t know it was possible to be insecure about); and The Big Meta Lie (we’re devastatingly affected by the celebrity media). Asks if he can take a picture. Talking points memo

The tagline of a new book hitting British shelves reads ‘In Paris, in love, in trouble’, but if it were telling the whole story, perhaps it should read ‘In public’ too. Founded in 2000 by Peter Robinson, it combines fandom with music news and raw critique, all hilarious, and all blindingly correct. It was bought by the Discovery Channel last year for a rumoured $10m.

If a weekly flick through Heat just isn’t enough, then a daily intake of Holy Moly will certainly top up those celeb gossip levels. The incident caused such fierce debate that Dooce found itself turned into a verb that is used in popular parlance (often without users realising its evolution): ‘dooced – to be fired from one’s job as a direct result of one’s personal website’.

The history of political blogging might usefully be divided into the periods pre- and post-Huffington. It offers the best lady-aimed writing on the web, along with lots of nice pictures of Amy Winehouse getting out of cars.

crookedtimber.org

gofugyourself.typepad.com

39. Chocolate and Zucchini

Among the most visited blogs in the world is that of Beppe Grillo, a popular Italian comedian and political commentator, long persona non grata on state TV, who is infuriated daily – especially by corruption and financial scandal in his country. He’s got a sharp eye for a good look, a gift for grabbing an on-the-hoof pic and an unwavering enthusiasm for people going the extra mile in the name of style. The Huffington Post

29. Five years later Chocolate and Zucchini, one of the most popular cooking blogs, has moved from being a hobby to a full-time career. They were actually founded and co-founded by Peter Rojas. And it routinely ridicules attempts by the music and film industries to persecute small-time file sharers and bedroom pirates instead of getting their own web strategies in order. The second most popular blog in Europe and the 13th most popular in the world (according to eBizMBA), Microsiervos concerns itself with science, curiosities, strange reality, chance, games, puzzles, quotations, conspiracies, computers, hacking, graffiti and design. Crooked timber

stylebubble.typepad.com

Created by Satoshi Yamasaki and Mazaki Keito of Osaka, Gigazine is the most popular blog in Japan, covering the latest in junk foods and beverages, games, toys and other ingredients of colourful pop product culture. It recruited professional columnists and celebrity bloggers. Edited by Jess McCabe, the site, which receives around 3,000 hits a day, is dedicated to providing a forum for contemporary feminist voices, with a daily news blog, features on stereotypes and censorship, podcasts on pornography and regular feminist film reviews.

He’s a shameless publicity whore, too. ‘SFT plans to stage protests in Beijing during the games and post blogs as events unfold,’ says Iain Thom, the SFT UK national co-ordinator. The Drudge Report

33. Soon afterwards, however, Sanderson’s employers found out about the blog and promptly fired her. While respected mainstream media figures accused Marshall of seeing conspiracy, he kept digging: the result was the resignation of attorney general Alberto Gonzales, and a prestigious George Polk journalism award for Marshall, the first ever for a blogger.

Least likely to post ‘Look at this well wicked vid of a dog on a skateboard’

16. Basically, it’s gossip for grown-ups.

25. Crooks and liars

WoWinsider is a blog about the World of Warcraft, which is the most popular online role-playing game in the world, one for which over 10m pay subscriptions each month in order to control an avatar (a character, chosen from 10 races) and have it explore landscapes, perform quests, build skills, fight monsters to the death and interact with others’ avatars. Go fug yourself

Recently rated the 18th most influential blog in the world by Wikio, Basic Thinking, which has the tag line ‘Mein Haus, Mein Himmel, Mein Blog’, is run by Robert Basic of Usingen, Germany, who aims ‘to boldly blog what no one has blogged before’, and recently posted his 10,000th entry. Beansprouts

beppegrillo.it

Least likely to post ‘Enough about me – what’s your news?’

Least likely to post ‘Sometimes you need to chill in a shellsuit’

Although his unabashed partisan approach is admonished by many old-fashioned American reporters, Marshall’s skills at pulling together the threads of a story have paid dividends. Spots someone whose outfit he likes. In response, the site has fallen victim to increasingly sophisticated cyber attacks.

Least likely to post ‘Check out Ronaldo’s bubble butt’

microsiervos.com

Samizdata is one of Britain’s oldest blogs. In it she reports on her day-to-day moods, reflections, travels, social life and cats (‘Finally the first kitten’s been born!!! Just waiting for the second, in the middle of the third one now!!!!!!!! It’s midnight, she gave birth to another one!!!!!!’). The site’s creator, Ian Leslie, is an ex-expat who fell for American politics during a four-year stint living in New York. Though there were personal websites that came before hers, certain elements conspired to make Dooce one of the biggest public diaries since Samuel Pepys’s (whose diary is itself available, transcribed in blog form, at Pepysdiary.com). And Peter Rojas, not Ryan Block, founded Engadget and co-founded Gizmodo. ‘The Waiter’, as the author is known, has been blogging his experiences with fussy customers and bad tippers since 2004, winning a gong at blogging’s biggest awards, the Bloggies, in 2007. She blogs in an uncontroversial but quite reflective manner, aiming to show a ‘real person’ behind the celebrity. The blog will no longer publish pics obtained when ‘pursuing people in cars and on bikes’, as well as ‘celebrities with their kids’, ‘people in distress at being photographed’ and off-duty celebs. Marbury

Least likely to post ‘Oprah looked great in those stretch jeans’

privatesecretdiary.com

theoffside.com

With a title pulled from Immanuel Kant’s famous statement that ‘out of the crooked timber of humanity, no straight thing was ever made’, it’s an amalgam of academic and political writing that has muscled its way into the epicentre of intelligent discussion since its conception in 2003. Readers post a variety of comments on political talking points of the day, although 9/11 conspiracy theories are often deleted, and there is a daily round-up of notable stories on other political blogs.

Armstrong’s honesty has added to her popularity, and she has written about work, family life, postnatal depression, motherhood, puppies and her Mormon upbringing with the same candid and engaging voice. Gawker

A couple of key moments boosted Kottke’s fame: first, being threatened with legal action by Sony for breaking news about a TV show, but most notably quitting his web-design job and going solo three years ago. Last month Holy Moly created headlines in its own right by announcing a rethink on publishing paparazzi shots. With the mocking self-awareness of a modern Diary of a Nobody, the author tells tales of wild nights at the village pub and the fortunes of the local bowls team. Readers were mesmerised by her unflinching dedication to telling the whole story, no matter how she would be judged. Gigazine

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Horse Racing Handicapping Maiden Races and First Time Starters

Combined with a pedigree that suggests the ability to win at first asking, good workouts often account for low mutuels.  This is especially true if the rest of the field shows no real stand out horses who appear poised to win.. Many people who handicap horse races and bet on them don’t like to play maiden races.  They feel that the runners are unknown quantities and therefore too difficult to evaluate.  While there is some truth to the fact that young horses have yet to prove themselves on the track, it is also true that what you see is what you get with maidens.

On the other hand, they were often beaten by a horse who had several races and therefore, more experience and was able to capitalize on that fact.  Therefore, before betting a first time starter, give the horse dropping from maiden special weight races into maiden claiming races a second look and don’t forget the horses who have been competing for a while and getting tougher and wiser.  They are often the best bet.

This all depends upon the trainer, of course, and whether he or she wants the horse to win on its first try.  Some conditioners like to bring their young charges along slowly, allowing them to get some experience in the non-winners ranks before graduating and taking on tougher foes.  That is where a look at trainer statistics can come in handy.  If a trainer has shown a willingness to win with a youngster on its first try, and seems to have a horse bred for such a feat, then it may well be that the horse will be asked for a win by the rider.  Of course, if that is the case, you’ll expect to see the trainer’s favorite rider in the irons.

First time starters, runners who have never competed before, are the biggest problem.  Some people try to get a handle on how good they might be by looking at the sire and dam.  Certain sires are known for producing colts and fillies that win first time out, called precocious by fans of sire stats.  Sire statistics can also produce some information about how far a horse might be able to carry its speed as well as which surface it may prefer to run on.

Obviously, all this is confirmed by looking at the record and statistics.  The only problem is that we still haven’t seen the horse in a real race.  On the other hand, looking at the rest of the field again may reveal one or more runners who have been racing for a while, perhaps with two or more races behind them, who seem to be slowly improving.  The problem with maiden horses is that they are still maturing and growing.  The rate of improvement may change dramatically from month to month, sometimes helped by a change in equipment or medication by a wise trainer.

I can’t say I’ve never bet a first timer, but I have to say that over time, I’ve grown very leery of it.  I have been disappointed too many times.  We’ve all read the stories of well bred horses who were sold for exorbitant amounts and seemed to show so much promise, only to never win a race or only be able to compete at the bottom of the claiming ranks.  Many of these youngsters were bet heavily on their debuts.

Predicting precociousness is helped somewhat by morning works, or workouts, that show a young runner’s ability.  A good four furlong work showed a horse that is fit and ready to race

How To Master Sports Betting

Also look into how sides perform the week after doing certain travel. Upsets are always going to happen but see when it makes the most sense when to go for that and when not to. Business is business and you need to be concentrating on who is going to win regardless of who likes and who doesn’t like which team.

In the case of team sports, injuries are important. You don’t want to lose money just because you weren’t on top of your game.

The most important thing is that you need to take emotion out of the equation. So if you suffer a bad break along the way, just remember it goes with the territory. On the flip side, you shouldn’t bet against a team because someone you don’t like roots for that team. You can’t let the highs and lows affect you too much.

Because of this point, it is probably better if you steer clear from any matches involving the teams that you like. It’s all about accumulating winnings. This means that when you place your bets you need to be thinking clearly and concisely. Sports betting is an easy way to make a tough living. Travel is a factor such as when East Coast sides travel to the West Coast and vice versa. The weather conditions also make a difference as they do in horse racing. So do yourself a favor and swear off them. You shouldn’t favor a team because they are the team your best friend supports. You want to know who trained and who didn’t. It is only going to place you in a difficult position and as much as you might think it won’t be, your decision making ability is going to be compromised. Over time, you will learn what it should be that you should be paying attention to.

Look for value bets. Anything less than this and it is going to be a disaster. Thus when you are doing well, you will still be focused and when you aren’t doing so well you won’t be thinking that it’s the end of the world. It could provide great insight as to predicting what will occur.

Speaking of the long run, this is what you should be focused on. If you are going to do it you need to do it properly and master it, it means you are completely organized and focused. For instance, if you are pretty certain that a side is going to win and they are getting good odds for this than take this. Hopefully this kind of thinking will keep you grounded. It doesn’t matter if it is pretty or not.

. You will be better off for doing so in the long run.

Information and doing your homework is important, but you don’t want to full into the trap of information overload. What is the point of drowning yourself in statistics and research for what you could just as easily decided with a flip of the coin? So you need to sift through it all and just take the morsels here and there which are really important and make a difference

Biggest Gambling Countries In The World

According to business advisory firm MAG Consulenti Associati, the electronic gaming makes up half of Italy’s total gaming revenues in first half of 2011.

Gaming Losses Per Adult: $568

Gaming Losses Per Adult: $517

. In this country, gaming companies bet people on whether the central bank’s interest will increase or not. Otherwise, Australia is the only country that allows online bets on sports but prevents gamblers from using the Internet to place bets during live games.

Finland

Italy

Singapore offered the very first casino some years ago which then became the world’s third largest-gaming center after Macau and Las Vegas. Although the government has imposed an entry fee of S$100 ($80.50) for citizens entering the casino, the country’s gaming revenue is expected to hit $6.4 billion in 2011 and outpace Las Vegas.

Gaming Losses Per Adult: $1,174

The potash-rich province of Saskatchewan is home to the biggest gamblers in Canada. Furthermore, the slot machines named pokies are the most favorite game in Australia with an estimated number of 75-80 percent of problem gamblers. Most profits go to education, arts and culture.

Singapore

Gaming Losses Per Adult: $517

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Gaming Losses Per Adult: $568

Australia

Canada

Gaming Losses Per Adult: $553

Gaming Losses Per Adult: $1,174

Las Vegas is well-known as the gambling industry of the world; however, American people are not the biggest gamblers on Earth.

Interestingly enough, the country’s national lottery company, Veikkaus, belongs to the government and is operated by the ministry of education. Reportedly, over 75 percent of adult Canadians took part in the games last year in which the most popular games are lotteries and Scratch and Win cards.

Gaming Losses Per Adult: $553

Gaming Losses Per Adult: $1,288

Gaming Losses Per Adult: $1,288

Australia: Biggest Gambling Country in the World

The most favorite gambling activity in Italy is electronic gaming machine. H2 Gambling Capital has released the list of biggest gambling countries due to average gaming losses.

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Australia is the craziest country when it comes to gaming and gambling

Great Britain’s Indigenous Horse Breeds – The Thoroughbred

One of his most illustrious sons was Herod, who became an important name in the pedigrees of many of the early thoroughbreds.

There are now a number of rescue organizations that take in ex-racehorses and try to find good homes for them. It was gifted to the French king and later was taken to England. InKentucky, the Thoroughbred was designated the ‘Official State Horse’ in 1996. Although they were once bred not for their looks but purely and simply for their speed, good conformation has an impact on speed and hardiness. He has been trained to gallop at top speed virtually every time he is saddled and to pass all others if he can. The racing industry is huge in America. Thoroughbreds are most often associated with the horse-racing industry although they are also used in many other equestrian disciplines.

The head is straight, lean and elegant with large eyes and finely chiseled ears. The hooves are tough. Most warmblood breeds such as the Swiss and Dutch Warmbloods have a large percentage of Thoroughbred blood.. He was purchased by Thomas Darley in Aleppo, Syria in 1704, shipped to Yorkshire, England and bred to selected racing mares. Three of these are recognized as being the foundation sires of the thoroughbred world. To excel at another discipline, he needs re-training and re-educating so although they may be quite cheap to acquire, an ex-racehorse is not the best mount for an inexperienced rider.

Today, all thoroughbreds in the General Stud Book, which was established in 1791, trace back to these three foundation sires.

The overall impression is one of elegance, toughness and quality. Some are only suitable as companion animals.

Thoroughbreds were imported into the United States from the 1730s. Eclipse was never beaten in a race and 90% of all registered thoroughbreds trace back to him.

The ribcage is deep and rounded and the chest wide with plenty of room for heart and lungs.

The most rapid development in improvement of performance took place during the 19th century and the early part of the 20th century. Eclipse was another to have Darley Arabian blooc. It seems generally agreed that, of these three, only the Darley Arabian was a true Arab, The Byerley was almost certainly a Turkmene type and the Godolphin a Barb.

The Thoroughbred

The term ‘Thoroughbred’ has several different meanings. They are typically more highly strung and temperamental than most other breeds. One of his progeny was Matchem, a race-horse par excellence. In the extremes of horse disciplines such as eventing, hunting and show-jumping, professional riders look for at least some thoroughbred blood to provide courage and speed. Some thoroughbreds have suspect feet with poor horn, low heels and flat soles.

The thoroughbred has been used to ‘improve’ many breeds.Breeds such as the Hanoverian, Trakenher, Holsteiner and Irish Draught  have at least some Thoroughbred blood, thus providing speed, courage and beauty. Eclipse was another to have Darley Arabian blood. If someone says of his dog ‘It’s a thoroughbred’ he is saying that it is a purebred saluki or whippet or whatever. There are strict criteria to be met and often an adoption fee is required.

Between 1660 and 1750, around 200 horses were imported into England from the Orient. The shoulder is big and muscular and the withers tend to be high.

The Darley Arabian is considered the most important of the three. Some thoroughbreds are produced purely for disciplines other than racing while some find their way to show-jumping or eventing careers when their racing careers are over. In 2003, Maryland also appointed the Thoroughbred its State Horse.

Other oriental horses, especially Arabs, figured in the early development. These adoption agencies endeavour to match a horse with a new owner. Eclipse was never beaten in a race and 90% of all registered thirst really great race-horse. Some strains are particularly nervy and highly strung but have been kept on because of their speed. One of his get was Flying Childers, arguably the first really great race-horse. Those that are too small for the race-track find a home on the polo field providing their temperament is not too fiery.

Once past racing, a thoroughbred can face an uncertain future. The nostrils are open and capable of flaring allowing maximum airflow when racing at speed.

The oriental influence is seen, not only in the refinement and speed of the breed, but also in the fine coat which thickens and lengthens only slightly in the winter. There is good length from the hip to the stifle. However the thoroughbred is also a distinct breed in its own right. Thoroughbreds need more protection from the elements than ‘native’ or cross breeds and they usually require supplementary feeding year round.

The Godolphin Arabian was foaled in Yemen before going to Syrian then Tunis. The stallion was shipped to England and bred to native mares. He will often need supplementary feeding and rugging through cold weather. Others are laid back and lovable. They are highly intelligent, quick and eager to please. Matchem was also noted for his impeccable temperament, a vast improvement on the highly strung, nervous individuals of the day.

The breed had its origins in England back in the early 1700s and selective breeding is still going on, resulting in faster and faster times on the race-track.

The thoroughbred has a quality and athleticism that has become the benchmark for a perfect equine.

Young thoroughbreds are raced at an early age before their bones have fully developed and leg problems and injuries often arise. There are now literally millions of thoroughbreds and they are spread all over the globe.

Thoroughbreds average around 16 hands. The 2nd Earl of Godophin acquired the stallion. The thoroughbred has a streamlined body with long, slender legs and strong, muscular hindquarters. Animals with suspect conformation are more likely to ‘break down’ if their action is faulty or their legs insubstantial.

The Byerley Turk gets his name from Captain Robert Byerley who captured the stallion from the Turks. The three are the Byerley Turk, the Darley Arabian and the Godolphin Arabian. In the horse world, it is also used by people to describe a purebred of a breed. When crossed with native British horses and ponies, the progeny were larger with a longer stride, more scope and more speed.

Thoroughbreds generally need more sensitive, skilled handling. Initially horse-racing was the pastime of the aristocracy and gentry but its popularity, and the lure of gambling, has seen racing and breeding of the thoroughbred spread to every corner of the globe.

The main period of expansion was probably when the 1800s when the thoroughbred found its way to Australia, Europe, Japan and South America

Using Reverse Line Movement To Win

Note that these records are for sides only and do not include totals.

The NFL sports betting is generally considered the toughest sport to beat, yet blindly following this method produced an exceptional 59.2 percent win rate last season, improving the two year record to 328-249-12, 56.8 percent, +59.06 units. This would make Miami +6 the RLM play.

So what causes RLM when the aim of most sportsbooks is to get as close to balanced action on both sides as possible? The answer to this is quite simple: the sharp bettors; the one’s who give sports betting advice. However, instead of the line rising as you might expect, it instead drops to Chargers -6.

The highest two-year winning percentage using RLM from the top five books belongs to College Football, which went 480-341-10, 58.5 percent, +95.10 units. Quite a few RLM followers watch the moves until almost game time, and then bet accordingly.

To back this up, our friends over at Prosportsonline.net have tracked the records for games where over 60 percent of the public has been on one side, yet there was reverse line movement of at least one full point from the opening number at the top sportsbooks in NFL, NCAAF, NBA and NCAAB. RLM takes place when more money/ sportsbook picks are bet by the small percentage of bettors that are on the unpopular side (the sharps) than is bet by the huge majority of players betting the popular side (the squares). This may enable you to get the stale more favorable sports betting line at the time the reverse line movement hits at the triggering Sportsbook. The huge problem with this is that the nfl line, ncaaf line or nhl line may have moved too much by that time, and all of the value has been sucked out of the unpopular side.

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College Basketball sports betting was not too shabby either, with a two-year mark of 492-356-22, 58.0 percent, +91.96 units. To illustrate, let us say that San Diego Chargers open at -7 over the Miami Dolohins, and over 70 percent of the sports bets placed on the game are on San Diego. Carib ruled the roost season at 93-66-9, 58.5 percent, +18.55 units after ABC held the penthouse spot in the 2007-08 season.

Also, games where over 60 percent of the public are on one side, yet there is reverse line movement of at least 10 cents on the Money Line from the opening number at the top five sportsbooks in MLB and NHL sports betting has also been profitable. Keep a close eye on Canbet here, as that Australian sportsbook cracked the top five both years.

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So what exactly is reverse line movement? RLM takes place when a large majority of bets are on one team, yet the line moves in the opposite direction. Sure, using this approach leaves open the possibility of the line turning around and moving back against you, but as you will see in bit, betting as soon as an RLM qualifies has been profitable in every major North American sport such as the last two seasons, so if one line turns around, so be it. All of this will be fun to follow (not to mention profitable) when every sport except baseball are going on simultaneously during the winter months.

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The proper way to make a sports bet using reverse line movement is to place your bet as soon as there is an RLM of one full point (or 10 cents in MLB and NHL) off of the opening line. Keep an eyes on the top five sportsbooks at Sports Insights though, as NCAAF sports betting has been very liquid in that regard, with only one sportsbook (believe it or not, Bodog) finishing in the top five both years.

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Thus, following reverse line movements is the same thing a following the smart money. Furthermore, they list the RLM records for many individual sportsbook, making it easy to spot which books this system is working at and which books it may be best to ignore.

Now do the sharps win every single time? Absolutely not! However, they are right more often than they are wrong, so being on the same side as the sharps is a prudent strategy over the long run, and again, the best thing is that there in absolutely no conventional sports handicapping necessary..

NBA sports betting has the lowest two-year five-book RLM winning percentage among the 11/10 sports, but then again, every gambler in the world would kill to go 382-301-9, 55.9 percent, +48.90 units, and the 57.5 percent win rate this past season is nothing to sneeze at. The records quoted below are based on the bets being made at the triggering books, so beating the move by a half-point or a few cents now and then would actually make your record even better.

So what we recommend is to only use the top five each season for each individual sport (in terms of units won). Another important recommendation is to use a slow moving (but reliable) sportsbook. This is where an important word of caution is in order though. Keep in mind that NCAAB was the most liquid sport in terms of top-five sportbooks however, with not a single sportsbook making the top five both years. We tracked the top five books for each of the pointspread sports for the last two years, as as you can see, this strategy has been profitable in every sport. It should be noted that many fewer MLB games have qualified so far this season (is the whole world using RLM now?), but smaller profits is still profit.Again, these records are for Money Lines only and do not include totals.Finally, NHL sports betting has picked up 148.49 units in two years, and unlike MLB, NHL had four sportsbooks out of the top five gain double-digit units this past season. Last year was a good RLM season for NFL sports betting (45-29, 60.8 percent, +11.91), but two sportsbooks that were in the top five in NFL RLM in both seasons.