When handicapping horse races, you are the CEO of your bankroll. Like any top notch CEO you have to take advice from board members, the management serving under your leadership, and consultants hired by your firm. All provide ideas and advice to increase your bottom line.
One should consider the professional handicappers as your consultants that provide you with timely data, present you with well-reasoned cases for their picks and other essential analysis for upcoming races. As a solid CEO of your bankroll you synthesize all of this information, add it to your own handicapping and come up with a well thought out pick.
Here are the top ten Horse Racing Handicappers, in my humble opinion, that you may wish to consider following as your horse racing consultants. A few of those named here are Chicago based handicappers.
1. Steven Crist-The godfather of all handicappers. He always provides excellent data on his blog on the Daily Racing Form (drf.com) web site. He is the other of Exotic Betting as well as other top selling handicapping books.
2. Dan Illman-An excellent handicapper also with an informative blog on drf.com. He is the author of Betting Maidens & 2-year-olds. Illman has a keen eye for horses in a race that may not be on everyone’s radar.
3. Steve Davidowitz-He wrote the seminal handicapping book, which he has now updated, Betting Thoroughbreds for the 21st Century. He had visited Arlington Park (Chicago) last summer for a book signing and offered some very solid advice on a 7-furlong race that day. With that type of race one should look carefully at horses that are coming down in distance from their last race. It certainly worked that day.
4. Paul Lambrakis-A solid handicapper on the Southern California racing circuit. He has a wonderful handbook, The 10 Cent Superfecta Betting Guide. In it, he provides excellent advice on how to put together strong 10-cent superfecta tickets. Comes complete with charts to easily determine how much your prospective ticket will cost. I find his handicapping advice extremely useful.
5. Brad Free-Another Southern California handicapper who provides decent race advice for races at the Southern California Tracks. He is the author of Handicapping 101. Free typically provides insight on the DRF site for the “Race of the Day” when it is at Southern California tracks.
6. Scott McMannis-Writes a Chicago Trainer Stat book for both Arlington Park and Hawthorne Race Course. He frequently hosts handicapping seminars that are quite informative.
7. Katy Mikolay-A very decent handicapper who offers up her advice at Hawthorne Race Track (Chicago). She provides very solid picks, which are helpful when assembling your tickets for key races.
8. Joe Kristufek-The handicapper for the Daily Herald (Suburban Chicago), Kristufek always offers excellent insight on each horse in the race. You can especially pick up on certain nuances in the race from his writings.
9. Ron Uchman-The track handicapper for both Arlington Park and Hawthorne Race Course, both in the Chicago area. His picks are usually very good and are well worth implementing in any tickets you may put together.
10. TIE. The ladies of CDI. Jill Byrne (Churchill Downs) and Jessica Pacheco (Fairgrounds). Both offers up excellent picks off each tracks respective web site. Jill is top notch and her picks are not to be discounted. Jessica is a solid track-racing analyst down in New Orleans.
There are many handicappers that brag about their huge scores and that they are the best at what they do. These guys/gals try to sell you some type of pick sheet. Then there are those that quietly go about their work providing useful handicapping data, great analysis, and solid picks. To maintain your budget and build your bankroll, these are the ones you should utilize as your consultants for your handicapping success.