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I can answer questions about handicapping and betting horse races. I can answer questions about speed figures and morning workouts of race horses on the southern California workout circuit (Santa Anita, Hollywood Park, and Del Mar racetracks).

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I started as a casual race fan in 1978, became a serious fan in the 1980's, worked as a pari-mutuel clerk in the mid-1980's, was a serious bettor (earning hundreds of thousands of dollars in the late 1980's and early 1990's), sold shares in race horse syndicates in 1992-93 as a part of the Team Valor stable, was the customer service director for the Handicapper's Report publication from 1993-1997, became the owner and publisher of Handicapper's Report from 1997-2001, continue to work as a writer and consultant to Handicapper's Report to this day.


Handicapper's Report ( SoCalSpecial ( Phillips Racing Newsletter Meadow's Racing Monthly


I've been involved in the horse racing industry for more than 34 years, learning by doing.

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2014-09-25 racing workouts details:

Are you talking about the services that publish descriptions of morning workouts, like the Handicapper's Report publication? If you are, you want to find maidens that show speed without being asked for

2014-09-25 racehorse trainer career:

Doesn't India have a horse racing industry? One of earliest books I read on breeding thoroughbreds was written by an Indian and discussed horses that had raced in India. The key is going to be learning

2014-06-08 Horse racing history:

I'm sorry it's taken so long to respond.  No, I don't believe that has ever been necessary.  There was a time when there was a bonus system for horses entered in the Triple Crown races that involved points

2014-02-25 saddle towels:

I don't know much about saddle towels, but I did a Google search for "what are saddle towels made of" and got good results.  I recommend that you try that.  I did see that one site says the towels are

2013-10-14 class:

It depends on where you're going to use this information. Let's say we're talking about an allowance for non-winners of a race other than maiden, claiming, or starter (NW1M/C), or optional $40,000 claimer


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