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Vibrant New Guide to Horseplaying Uses Zen in Surefire Winning Formula

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Zen and the Successful Horseplayer will provide the beginner, the advanced, and even the professional horse gambler with specific resources to become a winning player. This book will also demonstrate the applicability of Zen and Eastern philosophy to handicapping, betting, and winning. With a unique combination of forensic discipline required in detective work and Zen’s meditative methods, author Frederic Donner was able to become the successful horseplayer that he dreamt of being.

Taking readers to days on the tracks, the first part of Zen and the Successful Horseplayer is a flesh and blood book with racing forms and horseflesh and the way to read through them and scope the real deal. The reality of betting and playing the horses on racetracks is a thing that gets into the blood. The author has been wagering on horse races for decades. During this time he made the philosophical tenets of Zen and Buddhism part of his life, it was logical and “felt right” to incorporate it into his relationship to horse wagering. Thus, through the thunder of hooves and the cheering crowds, Frederic Donner teaches readers the way to learn the basic handicapping skills, learn to be centered in wagering, learn when they must trust their instincts and learn how to break out of a losing cycle, learn that losing is okay and can lead to winning on future days, and learn how Zen philosophy can make them winners. The skills that need to be developed are closely discussed and then demonstrated in example races. These and their techniques are applicable at any race track worldwide.

In the second section, Donner provides the necessary meditative insights into Zen as practiced in a noisy place. It teaches how to incorporate Zen into all aspects of racing, find calmness, win, and enjoy the journey. There are no direct ironies, only incidental ones, and the world of the horseplayer becomes a world where spirituality is the direct basis of winning, of calm being the tool that lets anyone (regardless of wisdom, moxie, and the nose for the sure bet) conquer the chaos on the tracks and win. It also provides ways to enjoy the entire racing experience at the deepest level. More than a vibrant new guide to the sport of kings, this book is a compelling travelogue into the way, the truth and the life of an artistic Zen horseplayer.

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About the Author
Frederic Donner is an eighteen-year veteran special agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation. He has primarily worked in anti-narcotic and counterterrorism efforts in undercover capacities in many cities around the United States and the world. He has been responsible for a number of major investigations and is a Special Weapons and Tactical (SWAT) team leader. He has been wagering on horses successfully for more than twenty-five years and has been able to incorporate his discipline as an FBI agent and utilization of a Zen stylized approach to secure significant wins at the track.

Zen and the Successful Horseplayer * by Frederic Donner
How to Win and Find Calmness in Horse Wagering
Publication Date: 11/29/2012
Trade Paperback; $19.99; 230 pages; 978-1-4797-4071-0
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