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Celebration of Winners

Congrats to Darryl Brenes, a/k/a g-bird, for winning the 2015 Public Handicapper Challenge! Darryl wins $1500 and a year's subscription to DRF Formulator PPs. Not to mention a PH T-shirt! Darryl has had a spectacular year. He finished 3rd in the PH Prep with a profit of $166. Combine that with his $185 profit in the PH Challenge, and he shows a profit of $351 since February. Now why isn't he a member of the NHC Tour? We don't know, but he says next year he will join the tour. Read more about Darryl on Pete Fornatale's blog.

Our top NHC Tour members earn a trip to Vegas for the NHC in January 2016. Ed Peters (fantini33) and Lawrence Harned (fidopop2) will both be flown to and put up in Vegas during the NHC, and have a chance to win up to $800,000. Congrats and good luck boys! Read more about Ed Peters on Pete Fornatale's blog.

We asked Darryl a few questions about his handicapping. He answered with a great story about his introduction to and love affair with playing the Sport of Kings:

Growing up in W. Covina, CA, my first time at the track was with my family at Santa Anita Park in 1981. Santa Anita was spectacular, the horses were awesome, the jockeys legendary, and the big race, won by John Henry, was the Santa Anita Handicap. I was 11 years old and instantly became a race fan for life, as did the rest of the family. On my 13th b-day mom asked me what did I want to do. She said wherever I wanted to go, Disneyland, Knotts Berry Farm, Magic Mountain, whatever. I choose the "Great Race Place." Mom and I continued to visit the track several times a year into my teens, then in late 1985 we left Los Angeles and moved to Upper Michigan.

My current playing history started in 2002 when we reunited in L. A. for a wedding. It was March, so we went to Santa Anita. While sitting in front of the paddock under the trees watching the horses dress for the race, like we use to, mom pointed to a flag by the walking ring that read Xpressbet. That was the beginning of my new hobby, online handicapping. In 2005 my brother told me about a contest he found called Public Handicapper. For the last 10 years, Tony and I have been competing within this contest for bragging rights.

To me the most important handicapping angle is the horse's experience on that track. If there is no experience, then how does the horse measure up at other tracks in comparison to its current competition. Knowing how figures translate from one track to another is also very important in making picks. In my opinion, horses prefer certain surfaces and ovals more than others. The mark of a great racehorse is one that can compete anywhere.

My greatest score at the track wasn't that great, but it was exciting. In late august 2012, there was a huge 3 or 4 day pick 6 carryover at Del Mar. I spent the time handicapping theses races as I usually do on large carryovers in So. Cal. After connecting the first three races on my $2 pick six ticket, all singles, I missed on the feature race after settling on a horse from Chile over my first choice, Dullahan. As the race went down the back stretch, Trevor Denman announced the Chilean bred was the lone filly in the race. Upon hearing that, I realized I overlooked a very important detail. She couldn't compete with the boys and Dullahan won the race. My picks won the next two legs ending with visiting jock Paco Lopez riding Splendiferous Moon to its maiden victory. I had 5 of 6 in the largest pick-6 pool in So. Cal history. My earnings for 5 of 6 was about $850, but 6 of 6 that day paid $98,000. I've had some other near miss pick-6 Jackpots 5 of 6 three times all in So. Cal, but that was my largest payoff.

No matter, I love racing and will always consider Santa Anita Park my home track. I still do my best work there!

Love you Mom,
Darryl Brenes
AKA, g-bird

The top 20 official results:

Rank Handicapper Wins/Races Profit or (Loss)
1 g-bird 19/107 $185.10
2 ONETRICKPONY 16/82 $178.30
3 roncher 26/106 $164.00
4 fantini33 NHC Tour 16/97 $162.90
5 barpon 25/106 $161.30
6 fidopop2 NHC Tour 17/94 $155.00
7 chuckycheese NHC Tour 20/112 $152.80
8 BigC 16/95 $150.30
9 blockhead3 17/107 $150.10
10 Buick 18/88 $144.30
11 peytonma 22/111 $143.70
12 barbru 25/111 $140.90
13 Bob Randisi 27/108 $138.80
14 eddiesyno NHC Tour 24/87 $138.80
15 chichibaby 24/111 $135.10
16 gregx1 19/111 $133.80
17 Stewball 22/109 $131.20
18 tloadamo NHC Tour 23/97 $125.90
19 brudieboy 20/80 $125.40
20 Nappy 33/112 $124.30

See you December 5 for the Winter of Our Discontent Holiday Handicap!

The official results for this week on PH:

Horse Race Payout
Songbird BC Juvenile Fillies $3.20
Mongolian Saturday BC Turf Sprint $33.80
Wavell Avenue BC F&M Sprint $22.00
Stephanie's Kitten BC F&M Turf $17.60
Runhappy BC Sprint $5.20
Tepin BC Mile $11.80
Nyquist BC Juvenile $11.40
Found BC Turf $14.80
American Pharoah BC Classic $3.40

Scratches: BC Turf Sprint — Rumble Doll, Holy Lute; BC F&M Turf — Hard Not to Like, Bawina-SCR, Elektrum-SCR, Talmada; BC Sprint — Gentlemen's Bet; BC Juvenile — Tale of S'avall-SCR, Tom's Ready; BC Classic — Smooth Roller, Beholder-SCR

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This Week's Race

Entries are almost always posted Friday. Check here again then!

Last Week's Results

BC Juvenile Fillies
Keeneland, Race 3, 12:15 PM ET, Saturday, October 31, 2015
Grade I Stakes
1 1/16 miles
Main Track
2 year-old fillies

# Horse Payoff
1. Songbird $3.20
2. Rachel's Valentina $0.00
3. Dothraki Queen $0.00

BC Turf Sprint
Keeneland, Race 4, 1:00 PM ET, Saturday, October 31, 2015
Grade I Stakes
5 1/2 furlongs
3YO & Up
Scratches: Rumble Doll,Holy Lute

# Horse Payoff
1. Mongolian Saturday $33.80
2. Lady Shipman $0.00
3. Green Mask $0.00

BC F&M Sprint
Keeneland, Race 5, 1:30 PM ET, Saturday, October 31, 2015
Grade I Stakes
7 furlongs
Main Track
Fillies & Mares, 3YO & Up

# Horse Payoff
1. Wavell Avenue $22.00
2. La Verdad $0.00
3. Taris $0.00

BC F&M Turf
Keeneland, Race 6, 2:15 PM ET, Saturday, October 31, 2015
Grade I Stakes
1 3/16 miles
Fillies & Mares, 3YO & Up
Scratches: Hard Not to Like,Bawina-SCR,Elektrum-SCR,Talmada

# Horse Payoff
1. Stephanie's Kitten $17.60
2. Legatissimo $0.00
3. Queen's Jewel $0.00

BC Sprint
Keeneland, Race 7, 3:00 PM ET, Saturday, October 31, 2015
Grade I Stakes
6 furlongs
Main Track
3YO & Up
Scratches: Gentlemen's Bet

# Horse Payoff
1. Runhappy $5.20
2. Private Zone $0.00
3. Favorite Tale $0.00

BC Mile
Keeneland, Race 8, 3:45 PM ET, Saturday, October 31, 2015
Grade I Stakes
1 mile
3YO & Up

# Horse Payoff
1. Tepin $11.80
2. Mondialiste $0.00
3. Grand Arch $0.00

BC Juvenile
Keeneland, Race 9, 4:15 PM ET, Saturday, October 31, 2015
Grade I Stakes
1 1/16 miles
Main Track
2 year-olds
Scratches: Tale of S'avall-SCR,Tom's Ready

# Horse Payoff
1. Nyquist $11.40
2. Swipe $0.00
3. Brody's Cause $0.00

BC Turf
Keeneland, Race 10, 5:00 PM ET, Saturday, October 31, 2015
Grade I Stakes
1 1/2 miles
3YO & Up

# Horse Payoff
1. Found $14.80
2. Golden Horn $0.00
3. Big Blue Kitten $0.00

BC Classic
Keeneland, Race 11, 5:45 PM ET, Saturday, October 31, 2015
Grade I Stakes
1 1/4 miles
Main Track
3YO & Up
Scratches: Smooth Roller,Beholder-SCR

# Horse Payoff
1. American Pharoah $3.40
2. Effinex $0.00
3. Honor Code $0.00

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