Item description for Scared Money by Mark Cramer...
Scared Money takes readers on the inner journey that every successful horseplayer must make to overcome the cultural baggage that gets in the way of becoming a winner.It is not only the story of a horseplayer/musician learning to trust his judgment and intuitive skills at major racetracks in southern California, Maryland, and Europe, but anyone who finds themselves scorned by society because they have set the goal that is considered taboo, especially when they could have opted for a safer route.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.5" Width: 6.25" Height: 9" Weight: 0.5 lbs.
Release Date Oct 25, 2006
Publisher DRF Press
ISBN 1932910905 ISBN13 9781932910902
Reviews - What do customers think about Scared Money?
U Scared? Nov 25, 2007
Pretty sure this story was about a person in real life. IT MAYBE YOU!!! Good read... I'd recommend it... I'm not even a "Cramer-esque" handicapper.
MATURITY, PATIENCE AND BELIEVING IN YOURSELF Mar 16, 2007
Mark Cramer instructs the reader about the development of a professional horseplayer in SCARED MONEY. Through the fictional device of a character named Matt, who is a jazz musician as well as a horseplayer, he shows the psychological struggle often required to be a professional. The book contains a few tips on picking horses, but mostly it contains tips on how to be a serious horseplayer. SCARED MONEY, which seems almost autobiographical, is a series of stories about dealing with the biggest opponent of all: yourself. In a way, Mr. Cramer's book is a larger lesson in Life, where maturity, patience and believing in yourself are ultimate values. SCARED MONEY would make a great gift for a horseplaying friend or family member.
For anyone who plays the races seriously Jan 12, 2007
I have played the races with some success for more than 30 years. It is a humbling experience. This book is a winner. The short stories will catch the heart of anyone who has shared experiences of winning and more often than not losing. Packed into Cramer's stories are great tidbits of what playing the races is all about. An extremely well written and entertaining anthology of racetrack stories.
average Jan 4, 2007
this book will only appeal to horse players, and is not best of breed.
Mildly Entertaining, but Not Enthralling Jan 3, 2006
I was able to find this title for only $2, so I took the plunge as part of an odd assortment of used books.
Mark Cramer is a well respected writer for horse racing. This is a fictional work about a musician named Matt who meets various characters at the track, as one does. Matt seems to always live on the edge and win exactly what he needs to. (I wish I could win when I needed to achieve a goal!) Matt's music career keeps him going and for some unknown reason, many of his music friends are also gamblers. He convinces his second wife to give up a good paying job and move on a lark to France. (Man, where did I go wrong!) Finally, he moves back to the US and questions himself after hitting a weird trifecta. (So okay, now I can relate!) Finally, he meets a writer for a newspaper and convinces her to put more conviction in her longshot picks and measure success by dollars and not wins.
The book is choppy, but nonetheless a pretty easy read. The characters seems to come and go pretty quickly. This would be a reasonably good gift to a horse racing fan.