Dick Mitchell was the author of the best-selling book Winning Thoroughbred Strategies. He also wrote Thoroughbred Handicapping as an Investment, Commonsense Betting, and Myths That Destroy a Horseplayer’s Bankroll.
Mitchell began his career teaching math to college students. Eventually, he would move on to work for big technology companies, such as Hewlett-Packard. It was at these technology companies where Mitchell began to become interested in applying mathematical concepts to horse racing outcomes.
To improve his understanding of racing outcomes, Mitchell took classes and seminars from others who developed theories for horse handicapping, including Dr. Mark Cramer.
Above all else, Dick Mitchell was the premier marketer of horse handicapping materials for almost 20 years. He founded Cynthia Publishing, which was the go-to place for cutting-edge materials in the 1980s and 1990s. Mitchell’s company produced horse racing software, printed materials and videos for literally thousands of customers.
A math guy at heart, Mitchell logically, took a mathematical approach to racing. His finest work was Commonsense Betting, a mathematical stroll through the handicapping and wagering problem.
At the end of Dick Mitchell’s life he returned to teaching.