Form Revives American Racing Manual

Edited release from Daily Racing Form
The Daily Racing Form has brought back the popular "American Racing Manual," according to an announcement from Steven Crist, editor and publisher of Daily Racing Form.

The 2000 American Racing Manual covering the 1999 Thoroughbred racing season, is now available and the 2001 volume, detailing the 2000 racing campaign, is slated to be released in spring, 2001. The Form is offering 50 percent off the 2001 edition for those who order the 2000 edition.

"The American Racing Manual was considered the 'World Almanac' of Thoroughbred racing and when we took over Daily Racing Form in August of 1998 one of our top priorities was bringing the Manual back in its uncompromised form," said Crist. "This edition of the American Racing Manual accomp-lishes that and also offers many additional new features for devoted handicappers and racing fans."

Included in the 1,608-page 2000 edition are:
--All graded stakes charts for 1999, complete past performances for all 1999 Eclipse champions and graded stakes winners, comprehensive Beyer Speed Figures dating back to 1992, expanded Hall of Fame section, stakes histories for all grade I races, special statistical section for Breeders' Cup races, an expanded section for foreign racing, and principles of handicapping and betting by noted handicapper Steve Davidowitz, who edited the book.

Published initially in the late 1890-92s as an almanac of sporting events which included thoroughbred and harness racing and then known as the "American Sporting Manual," the "American Racing Manual" debuted in 1906 and included many features that are still incorporated in modern American Racing Manuals. It was subtitled "A Book of Reference for Persons Interested in the Affairs of the Turf."

The "American Racing Manual" was last published in 1994 in its familiar format. It appeared in an abridged version in 1995 and 1996, and came out as a CD-ROM in 1997 and 1998.