Michael Beychok

2012 NHC Champion and Eclipse Award Winner

Michael won the 2012 National Handicapping Championship taking the grand prize of $1 million and the Eclipse award for best handicapper of 2012. Beychok finished 23rd in 2011 and 40th in 2015. Other notable tournament results include a 2nd in the 2000 Youbet Online Handicapping Challenge. He is a 7 time NHC qualifier and the all-time leading money winner in handicapping contests.

Beychok has been handicapping horses for over 35 years and is a true believer in the value of giving back to the fans of the sport.  Beychok is founder and chief handicapper for Beychokracing.com, a website dedicated to horserace handicapping and education.

His high profile as a handicapper led to Beychok being a featured cast member on the Esquire Network TV reality show Horseplayers.

Michael Beychok is senior partner in Ourso Beychok, Inc., a political consulting and advertising firm based in Louisiana.  As a direct mail consultant for over 20 years, Michael has worked on hundreds of campaigns in dozens of states ranging from U.S. Senate to City Council. Michael is responsible for the designing and writing of the creative part of the campaign plan as well as having input on the targeting, message development and budget. Michael has been producing award winning mail for clients for over 25 years.


Barbara Bowley

Top Female Contest Player/Physicality Handicapper

Barbara Bowley is the leading female handicapper in the country in horse physicality assessment. She is the only woman to have won a $100,000 contest, is regularly atop the DerbyWars leaderboard, and has won major prizes in all the top online sites, including HorseTourneys, HPQualify, and DRFQualify. Bowley is regularly featured in Forbes magazine as a horse race contest expert.

A former professor with two graduate degrees from Columbia University, she comes from a racing family, where she grew up around racehorses as long as she can remember. She took care of foals as a young girl and developed her horsemanship skills to become one of the youngest female assistant trainers in the country at age 18.

She is familiar with all aspects of horse racing, having been a breeder, owner and assistant trainer in the Mid-Atlantic circuit. Her life growing up around horses and her natural intuitive style have proven successful at reading their psychological state, physical suitability and readiness to win.

Barbara is known for never being afraid to take any horse at any price if it looks like it is has potential to cross the finish line first.  She has won contests on 87-1 shots and is known to be dangerous to find the cap horse that has a legitimate chance.

She is a natural teacher, and even taught herself how to handicap by shadowing the top players in the field. Barbara has made instructional videos for Derby Wars for beginners to experts, but her specialty is helping people find their own style for winning. She has had success in live contests and online, though online is her specialty. An expert in learning strategies, she often uses music and other techniques that stimulate the right side of the brain to help her tap into the part of the brain that can “read” the psychological state of the horse.

Watch Barbara’s 100K interview!

Handicappers/ Bloggers


Deborah has accepted the role of blogging her life as an emerging contest player in the new reality blog series “On The Edge” which premiered exclusively on TheTournamentEdge.net July 2016.

Deborah hails from El Dorado, Arkansas and has worked in printing for over 26 years.  She is a history buff, avid reader, lover of the outdoors & fishing, and passionate animal lover. Her love for horses began as a child and despite her love for horses and horse racing, she has never entered a racetrack or made a wager.

Follow her journey as she begins her career as a horse racing handicapper and contest player as she blogs about her struggles and successes along the way on the new TTE reality blog series “On The Edge.”


Bob Felty is currently an Athletic Director and Assistant Principal at Tri-Valley High School in Hegins, PA.  He is in his 8th year in his current position and his 15th year at Tri-Valley after serving as a social studies teacher and gifted coordinator for his first 7 years.  During his tenure at Tri-Valley he also served as the varsity girls’ basketball coach for 12 years culminating in a state championship in 2013.  Bob is married to Melissa Felty for 9 years and they are the proud parents of Benjamin(7), Ava (5), and Hannah (3).

Bob’s passion for horse racing began in 1992 at age 16 when his father took him to Penn National Race Course.  He has been handicapping and betting the horses ever since.  Bob entered the tournament scene in 2014 and finished fifth in the Belmont Challenge in his very first live tournament.  He also played on the NHC tour the last two years and qualified for the NHC both years.  He plays under the handle “ladydawgs” (the mascot of the high school girls’ basketball team he coached) on Derbywars and won the 20k on August 20, 2016.   


Dustin is an executive editor, overseeing newspaper editorial operations at The Record Herald and Echo Pilot, both located in southern Pennsylvania. Two years ago, he took his longtime passion for betting horses into the tournament ranks where he has enjoyed success highlighted by a third-place finish in DerbyWars 100K game and a pair of runner-up placings in the 25K.

For the first 10 years of his journalism career, Dustin was a sports writer that covered minor league baseball and high school sports. During that time, he also wrote columns previewing several years worth of Triple Crown races and covered three editions of the Belmont Stakes. Recently, Dustin has made the transition from sports to news as he manages an editorial department which serves a circulation base of nearly 7,000 print subscribers. Though, he has been physically removed from press boxes and post-game buzz in clubhouses, Dustin has maintained a presence on a local ESPN radio affiliate where he talks baseball and horse racing on a weekly year-round basis.

Since January, Dustin has featured several tournament winners from DerbyWars in his columns which appear on the DW tournament site as well as Horse Racing Nation. Dustin blends his knowledge of handicapping and tournament strategy with his nearly 20 years of professional writing experience.


Nicolle Neulist lives in Chicago, and loves all things Chicago racing: Hawthorne, Arlington, and Illinois-bred pedigrees.  Though the horse racing bug did not bite Nicolle until 2013, a lifelong love of trivia and puzzles made handicapping a perfect fit.  Nicolle’s favourite type of contests to play are head-to-head battles.  But, well befitting their focus on the Chicago circuit, Nicolle’s biggest contest win to date is a sole-survivor victory in a $1,000 Hawthorne game on DerbyWars.


Name a horse racing job and chances are George O has probably done it. His first job ever was at historic Hialeah Park back in the late 70’s. Since then,  he has managed to be a mutuel clerk, Customer Service Representative, Marketing Manager, Jockey Agent, on-air talent, horse owner, track announcer (in English and Spanish) and successfully executed a plethora of other horse related assignments.

Between the 70’s and the present, George managed to fit in a career in the entertainment industry.  He appeared in six movies,   extensive  commercials and a decade long stint at Univision in Miami, the nation’s largest Spanish language TV network.  While at Univision,  he appeared in  top programs Sabado Gigante,  Despierta  America, De Pelicula, La Piñata Loca, Lente Loco and the show titled named after him “Giorgiomania”.  He hosted many prime time program alongside famous Hispanic talent including Paul Rodriguez, Carlos Ponce,  and Sofia Vergara.  His most popular show was “Lente Loco” co-hosted by Cuban bombshell Odalys Garcia.

George Ortuzar is now a resident of Los Angeles where he continues his entertainment career in addition to staying involved with his true love, horse racing.    While in Southern California, Ortuzar announced at and served as Marketing Manager,  Hollywood Park.  One of his biggest joys was running, promoting, and hosting the Hollywood Park tournaments and was active at the Park until its closure.

He teamed up with HPQualify.com (Horse Players Qualify) and recently officially joined The Tournament Edge, LLC  a horse racing contest education  company  of internationally recognized top handicapping experts, educators, and entertainers .   Ortuzar will lead their Hispanic Division.

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