TTE Locks Miller
Into The Contest World
by Dustin Haluska
Paul Miller has been handicapping horse races for 30 years.You would think by now that he is set in his ways and loyal only to his own convictions. Maybe it’s even possible that he considers himself a pro. Instead, Miller can be best described as a “student of the game,” and the bulk of his most recent learning experiences have come from the team at Tournament Talk Edge.
Last November, Miller dove into the growing world of online tournaments for the first time. He instantly learned that contests are quite different than simply betting on the races. “You have to be right more than just once to win a tournament,” Miller said.“Tournaments don’t allow you to sit out races.”
One of the biggest challenges that Miller faced in tournament competition was his lack of familiarity with East Coast racing. Miller, who lives outside of Santa Barbara, Calif., has always played West Coast racing and even owned a few race horses on the SoCal circuit.
In order to gain an East Coast perspective, Miller began following Andrew “The Kid” Calvano’s daily analysis on TTE. He consumes as much as possible to help familiarize himself with horses, trainers and track bias at the East Coast track.“TTE has gotten me more comfortable playing East Coast tracks,” Miller said. “Last week I won an online tournament with Saratoga’s races.”
Another challenge for Miller was selecting tournament horses based on in-game strategy instead of what his handicapping methods may reveal as his top pick in a race. Miller explained that he acquired some strong game theory techniques from following the videos and blogs hosted by Calvano and fellow TTE expert Bobby Shoemaker.
“I’ve learned the layout of a game plan for the entire day from them,” Miller pointed out. The combination of gaining familiarity for East Coast tracks and game strategy has resulted in a winning formula for Miller in tournaments. A second-place finish in a $7,500 game on Horse Tourneys has served as just one of the highlights over the last few months.
Positive results that may not have been possible without Miller’s humble approach to acquiring information and helpful tools from others. “For me I love the analytical part of the game,” said Miller, who has read several books on handicapping the races and admits that he puts a lot of stock into pedigree before making decisions.“From following clockers to replays to watching your horse cross the finish line first…that’s the confirmation of all your hard work.”
Miller believes the information he acquires from Calvano, Shoemaker as well as TTE teammates Anthony Trezza and Barbara Bowley is equally important to the 30 years of handicapping values he applies to every race.“Additional information can be the difference in races I otherwise wouldn’t feel confident playing,” Miller said.“I do my own handicapping, but you can never have enough information. There are so many factors that go into each race.”
Playing tournaments has renewed a passion for horse racing that Miller might have lost over the past three decades.He revisited the 90s when he spent time on the backstretch and his former claimer, Ogata Be Good was stabled a few stalls away from fellow David Hofmans trainee and 1996 Breeders’ Cup Classic winner Alphabet Soup.Miller compared the excitement he felt back then to the fun he is having now while competing in tournaments.
The trust he has put into TTE to guide him along the way is based on his respect and bright, energetic personalities of the team. “TTE is a team of successful tournament players. Just look at Trezza’s background, Bobby’s background, they are among the most successful contest players out there,” Miller said.