As a fan of horse racing, I tend to watch a lot of races, especially those on the New York circuit (Aqueduct-Belmont-Saratoga). From time to time, I will notice a horse who, due to bad rides, track biases, or other factors, wasn’t able to show its best on a given day. My concept for this site is to maintain a fluctuating list of these horses to watch, keeping them there until they run back. Then once the horses are entered back, I can assess whether or not a betting opportunity has presented itself. Some horses I may keep on the list for more than a few races if I feel that I’m still waiting for the right spot to capitalize on what I’ve seen.
To keep things interesting, I will also offer some weekly handicapping opinions and probably cover some stakes action from around the country. In the My Bets section, I will make some mythical win or exacta wagers and keep track of how I’m doing throughout the year with my Bankroll (which is starting at $1,000).
I hope you find this site to be a valuable tool and I welcome your comments!
I’m 26 years old and have been a lifelong fan of horse racing. I started going to the races as kid with my father and uncle, who became fans of the sport when their first exposure to horse racing was a trip to Belmont Park on the day Secretariat won the Triple Crown. I grew up studying my father’s old horse racing VHS tapes and reading books by great handicappers like Andy Beyer and Steve Crist, not to mention my first bible, the forever relevant Handicapper’s Handbook, by Tom Ainslie. I soon started intensely following the sport on my own as I became more fascinated by the challenge of picking winners. In recent years, I’ve been greatly influenced by trip handicappers like NYRA’s excellent Andy Serling and have also taken an interest in studying pedigrees as a useful tool.
While it’s great to have opinions about the races, it’s better to discuss them with people, which was my impetus for starting up this blog. I don’t post my picks for any financial gain other than to hone my own handicapping skills and learn from my mistakes. I merely write those long, sprawling entries because I love to do it and enjoy healthy debates about the opinions I put forth.
I graduated from New York University in 2010 with degrees in Computer Science and Music.