Andrew (Andy) Beyer has been a horse racing columnist with The Washington Post since 1978 and regularly writes for The Daily Racing Form (DRF.com.) He is best known for developing the Beyer Speed Figures. Today, â€œthe Beyer numberâ€ is only available on The Daily Racing Form. It is the best publicly-available speed rating in horse handicapping.
Andy is a colorful figure in the world of horse handicapping. He has been featured on several TV shows. He is a highly successful bettor, who has spent his life marching to the beat of a different drummer. Andy steadfastly maintains that he is a gambler rather than an investor.
Andy has written four books about horse racing: Beyer on Speed: New Strategies for Racetrack Betting, Picking Winners: A Horseplayerâ€™s Guide, The Winning Horseplayer: An Advanced Approach to Thoroughbred Handicapping and Betting, My $50,000 Year at the Races.
In Picking Winners, Andy showed people how to make speed figures. This led to a small revolution in which people began making their own figures. His instructions for making speed figures are legendary. It began with, â€œStart with a stack of Racing Forms, then get a bottle of Jack Daniels.â€
For me, Andyâ€™s best work is My $50,000 Year at the Races. This book is simply the most entertaining horse book of all time and still teaches horse handicapping techniques.