George Sullivan gives a once-over-lightly history of Harness racing in America, form the advent of ""the Great Sire of the American Standardbred,"" Messenger, in 1788 to the present day, with pari-mutuel betting in sixteen states (and one hundred new tracks built between 1945-55). He gets down to serious business in his eighth chapter, which is a detailed analysis of how to handicap harness racing, in other words, how to bet wisely and well. The rest of his book is equally accessible and interesting, provides just enough information for the fan o enjoy. It includes material on famous horses and races, the Hall of Fame, the organization of harness racing, rules and regulations, leading drivers, a glossary, world records and statistics and the difference between a trotter and a pacer. For all those folks off to Roosevelt Raceway and other tracks across the country.