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End Game Strategy: “Getting Live”

The end game strategy can get complicated for not only beginning contest players but also for seasoned players. This past weekend, I experienced an end game situation that just might lead other players to success when they find themselves...

Time For A Divorce

Yes, you heard it right. If you want to be successful at contest handicapping it may be time for most of us to consider a divorce. But before you book an appointment with an attorney, you should keep reading....

Einstein Knows

It seems like I hear the phrase “You don’t play by the book” shouted at me all the time. Whether I’m playing blackjack, chess, poker, or even monopoly that phrase seems to follow me wherever I go. To me playing exactly by...

Partnering in Contests: The Good, The Bad, and the Beautiful

TTE sat down for an interview recently with rising contest stars and fiancés Colleen Ryan and Josh Fredericks (derbyduet). Joining me for the interview was my live-contest partner and husband, Dennis Loo.   Let’s face it: contest playing is a very...

Increasing Your Selection Range

There is no shortage of discussion about contest strategy on Esquire TV’s “Horseplayers,” and an unfortunate number did not make the final cut. More than a few ended up on the cutting room floor (as they say in the...

Are You the Best at Everything?

Few among us can claim to be the best at everything – although if you have hung out with or been around horseplayers for any amount of time you have undoubtedly heard a similar refrain when it comes to...

Failure IS An Option

We have seen the quote on posters, heard it in the movies, or maybe even seen it on our boss's coffee cup.  "Failure is NOT an option."  Well, if you are involved in horse race handicapping contests, you better...

A Little Story Time

When I first walked into the Red Rock sports book amidst the other 400 or so players I was completely overwhelmed with doubt and trepidation. Doubt about my ability to even compete and trepidation about not embarrassing myself amongst this group of folks whom I admired and aspired to emulate...

“Distracta-capping”

Plain and simple, playing distracted leads to disaster. There are some simple steps we can take to avoid throwing away money in online play.

Physicality Handicapping a Major Stakes Race

For a race such as this Sunday’s Belmont Stakes, a physicality handicapper’s best tool is a set of notes on how the individual horse looks on that particular day COMPARED TO its earlier physical form. Why? Because very few of the physicality angles you will use on a less expensive group of horses will apply here.
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