A Very Rare Landmark Racing Publication: E.W. Donaldson’s CONSISTENT HANDICAPPING PROFITS! Timeless Winning Methodology! A Trusted, Proven Methodolgy.


A Very Rare Landmark Racing Publication:  E.W. Donaldson’s CONSISTENT HANDICAPPING PROFITS! Timeless Winning Methodology!

Once again, we are thankful to one of our longtime customers who provided us with this Remarkable publication that will certainly increase your trips to the cashier’s window!

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Once again, we are thankful to one of our longtime customers who provided us with this Remarkable publication that will certainly increase your trips to the cashier’s window!

“What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again. There is nothing new under the sun.”—Ecclesiastes 1:9

A Review from American Turf Monthly, April 2015

Most of us who handicap seriously like to think we’re on the cutting edge of knowledge about how to analyze races.

So it may come as a surprise to learn that many of the same methods players use today were developed many, many decades ago by some very smart, long-dead handicappers. People who worked without replays and challenged well-heeled bookmakers—and more often than not beat them.

It was in honor of these men, and of this history, that I found myself a few months ago at the Special Collections Library on the third floor of the Center for Gaming Research and Oral History Center at the University of Nevada Las Vegas. The library houses virtually everything on gambling ever written—including a rare, long out-of-print book called Consistent Handicapping Profits by E.W. Donaldson.  No, you can’t borrow the book, even if you’re a scholar who works at the university. But a clerk will fetch its only copy for you to peruse, at a desk in full view of the librarian at all times.

Written in 1936 and published by Montee, the Baltimore outfit that was home to the monthly Turf and Sport Digest, Consistent Handicapping Profits outlines a method of handicapping that was groundbreaking for its time, and pretty darned good for today’s time as well.

It’s not easy finding a copy—one was recently offered on Amazon for $1,000, and a check of rare bookdealers and public libraries turned up nothing. But there I was, a copy of this gem with the hard green cover in my hands.

I first heard of this book at Handicapping Expo 2004, where Jerry Brown, the originator of the Thoro-Graph sheets, claimed that Consistent Handicapping Profits was an important, uncredited source for much of what both Thoro-Graph and rival Ragozin Sheets do today. Among the features covered in Donaldson’s book:

A parallel time chart from 5 furlongs to 1 1/8 miles

Explanation of a method to graph each horse’s race, by race segments, then using the graphs to measure a horse’s loss of speed throughout a race – revolutionary stuff, actually

A discussion of track-to-track adjustments for shippers 

A ground-loss chart with adjustments for number of paths wide per turn

A detailed discussion about how weight affects final time, emphasizing its greater importance in route races

Some mention about how wind, atmospheric pressure, and track moisture affect final times

A thorough discussion of how figure patterns can signal improvement 

Using analysis of each running line to account for variations in performance (e.g., helped by a rail trip or hurt by a fast pace)

Use of feet-per-second calculations

A theory that a lighter horse will be more affected by weight than a heavy horse (although in the U.S., horses are not weighed before post)

“E.W. Donaldson & his students were banned by many bookies because of their regular big winning hits.  The team was constantly seeking out of state bookies who may not have heard of them yet.”


In this book, and in a second volume published a year later (How To Select Winning Horses), Donaldson reinforces several important points of handicapping that serve players just as well today as they might have in the 1930’s—or earlier. Some of today’s handicappers may be surprised to learn that many of the same principles they thought were original were in fact being used by players from a much earlier day.

On page 2 of Consistent Handicapping Profits, for instance, Donaldson writes, “By separating a race into its successive stages, the progress of the field can be studied as the race develops, and much can be learned from this analysis.”

Thought pace handicapping is relatively new? Uh, no. From page 37: “In handicapping, we look chiefly for improvement. That is the big thing to be kept in mind.” Donaldson defined improvement as achieving better finishing positions in successive races, in slicing the number of lengths a horse has been beaten by recently, and in improvement in running position during an individual race. 

From page 139: “Weight has a direct bearing on endurance, and in no race can the item of endurance be ignored.”

Perhaps the most novel contribution by Donaldson was his pioneering use of graphs to plot the progress, or regress, of each horse.

He would plot each fraction on a graph and compare what he called the “rate of exhaustion” as horses tired, and came up with a way to compare a horse who faded in a mile race after going 22.2 45.3 with another who ran a 22.0 and 45.

Mostly, he was interested in each horse’s improvement or decline—and who might be up for a big race vs. who might be on the downswing.

His favorite handicapping angle was, based on his graphs, to bet on a horse who might be peaking against a horse who might have already peaked. And he shows you exactly how to do this, and it’s pretty darned simple.


“I was literally blown away by E.W. Donaldson’s Consistent Handicapping Profits.  This guy was so far ahead of his time!  The chapter about how your ‘subconscious’ (Subconscious Tendencies) can work to improve your game immeasurably was a revelation.  And the fact that he was figuring turn times and parallel time long, long before anyone else is remarkable and his ‘Exhaustion Chart’ discussion is really special. I mean, just WOW!! – so glad you found this.  The only other time I saw it a seller was asking $450 on Ebay!”  Bob Shurig, Handicapping Author

“So you think the ‘sheets’ concept was developed in the 1970s?  Think again!  E.W. Donaldson had this pegged years before and shows you an extremely simple way to create sheets as accurate as the ones you would pay big $$ for today.   Good, good stuff!”  Tom Console


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