Racing Dudes Handicapping Challenge: Halterman vs. Black vs. Rapko

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Welcome to another week of the Racing Dudes Handicapping Challenge! Each weekend we select 8 to 10 races from around the country and offer up a little handicapping challenge to anyone interested. We’ve received a massive amount of interest to take on the Dudes! So much so that we’ve had to resort to drawing randomly to see who gets to take on our back-to-back defending champ Mr. Halterman (Dude #1). Everyone will get a shot! And now, we’re adding one more challenger each week!

Rules:

Fake $2 Win/Place wagers ($2 to Win and $2 to Place) and (1) mandatory $4 Win/Place wager will be made on the horse a player selects in each race. Only one horse may be selected per race. If a player’s horse wins, the player score is credited on both the Win and Place payouts. If the horse finishes second, the player score is credited only on the Place payout. And just so we’re clear, all wagers and payouts from races are NOT REAL and will be used for scoring purposes only.

In the event of a late scratch or change of track conditions, players may change picks provided given race has not started. If picks have already closed, the scratched horse will be replaced with the post-time favorite for that race.

Past results:

Week 1: Aaron Halterman (Dude #1) defeats Kelby Von Hemel $43.60 – $21.00

Week 2: Paul Mazur defeats Dude #1 $25.00 – $17.80

Week 3: Aaron West defeats Dude #1 and Paul Mazur $31.30 – $28.80 – $8.00

Week 4: West defeats Dude #1 and Oaklawn Wizard $53.30 – $27.00 – $25.60

Week 5: West defeats Dude #1 and Chance Moquett $42.40 – $37.40 – $22.20

Week 6: Dude #1 defeats West and Zack Gillham $68.00 – $49.80 – $35.40

Week 7: Dude #1 defeats Nicolle Neulist and Brady Lukas $30.00 – $29.20 – $13.80

This week’s challengers:

Jared Black

imageJared is 23 years old and a Finance/Business Management major at Henderson State University (graduating in May) where he also played college golf for 4 years.

Jared started going to the races with his dad when he was 3 years old and now visits Oaklawn once a week. His family actually owns racehorses as well. His favorite track besides Oaklawn is Delta Downs because of the huge payouts. You can find him around the paddock area when Danny Caldwell has a horse running, as he is in the “Danny Caldwell Fan Club” along with Justin Lewis (@JustinLewisLR).

His favorite wager is the Win/Place bet. Show money is no good! His biggest win was a 60/1 winner at Delta Downs last year! You can follow him on Twitter at @JaredWBlack.

 Ryan Rapko

Ryan Rapko was born, raised, and still lives in Aliquippa, PA, just outside of Pittsburgh. Ryan started getting involved in handicapping in the Summer of 2008 after getting a job at his local OTB. He taught himself how to wager and how to read the form. For the past 6 years, he has continuously been improving his handicapping skills whether it would be wagering and learning from acquaintances at the OTB or from his long time good friend @Whattasurprise.

He bets a variety of wagers, but mostly likes to focus in on Win/Place, Pick 3’s, and Pick 4’s. His biggest day of wagering came at the 2012 Kentucky3utkoze65ytt9ucoudds Derby. He cashed 2 Pick 3’s totaling roughly $2,500 as well as the Exacta and Trifecta in the Derby for another $1,500.

If he is not wagering online, Ryan can either be found at either Mountaineer Park or the Meadows Casino reading the form, building tickets, and cashing winners. His favorite tracks he would like to visit someday are Del Mar, Saratoga, Keeneland, and Gulfstream.

Outside of racing, Ryan enjoys watching and wagering on sports. He is a fan of the Yankees, Big Blue Nation, and the Chargers. He is also a fan of the WWE.

Currently, Ryan is partaking in a mythical bankroll challenge for the Keeneland Spring Meet. He posts full card selections, Challenge Plays that affect the bankroll, and, after each racing day, updated stats. All of this, as well as other horse racing handicapping thoughts, can be found on his twitter page @Chuckles375.

Challenge races:

Saturday

1  Toyota Blue Grass S. (4:45 CT)

2  Arkansas Derby (6:07 CT)

Sunday

3  Keeneland Race 6 (2:40 CT)

4  Keeneland Race 7 (3:11 CT)

5  Keeneland Race 8 (3:42 CT)

6  Santa Anita Park Race 4 (4:00 CT)

7  Keeneland Race 9 (4:13 CT)

8  Santa Anita Park Race 5 (4:30 CT)

9  Santa Anita Park Race 6 (5:00 CT)

10  Santa Anita Park  Race 8 (6:00 CT)

Picks:

Race
Dude #1
Black
Rapko
KEE R11 #5 (Off) #4 (Off) #3 (3rd)
OP R11 #3 (Off) #4 (2nd 7.00) #8 (3rd)
KEE R6 #8 (2nd 4.80) #6 (1st 6.80 3.60) #6 (1st 6.80 3.60)
KEE R7 #1 (2nd 4.60) #1 (2nd 4.60) #7 (3rd)
KEE R8 #3* (1st 11.20 6.80) #2 (Off) #3* (1st 11.20 6.80)
SA R4 #7 (Off) #2 (2nd 4.60) #7 (Off)
KEE R9 #3 (2nd 4.00) #9 (Off) #6 (Off)
SA R5 #6 (2nd 3.00) #6 (2nd 3.00) #3 (1st 5.20 2.60)
SA R6 #1 (1st 11.40 6.60) #8* (Off) #8 (Off)
SA R8 #5 (1st 5.60 3.00) #5 (1st 5.60 3.00) #5 (1st 5.60 3.00)
Score $61.00 $38.20 $44.80

* Denotes player’s $4 Win/Place wager

You think you can hang with the big boys (or girls)? Want to take the winner? Shoot us an email by visiting our contact page and let us know you’re interested! We’ll even plug your website, blog, Twitter feed, handicapping skills, etc. And who knows… defend your title long enough and we may even throw in a prize!

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Racing Dudes Handicapping Challenge: Halterman vs. Lukas vs. Neulist

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Welcome to another week of the Racing Dudes Handicapping Challenge! Each weekend we select 8 to 10 races from around the country and offer up a little handicapping challenge to anyone interested. We’ve received a massive amount of interest to take on the Dudes! So much so that we’ve had to resort to drawing randomly to see who gets to take on our defending champ Mr. Halterman (Dude #1). Everyone will get a shot! And now, we’re adding one more challenger each week!

Rules:

Fake $2 Win/Place wagers ($2 to Win and $2 to Place) and (1) mandatory $4 Win/Place wager will be made on the horse a player selects in each race. Only one horse may be selected per race. If a player’s horse wins, the player score is credited on both the Win and Place payouts. If the horse finishes second, the player score is credited only on the Place payout. And just so we’re clear, all wagers and payouts from races are NOT REAL and will be used for scoring purposes only.

In the event of a late scratch or change of track conditions, players may change picks provided given race has not started. If picks have already closed, the scratched horse will be replaced with the post-time favorite for that race.

Past results:

Week 1: Aaron Halterman (Dude #1) defeats Kelby Von Hemel $43.60 – $21.00

Week 2: Paul Mazur defeats Dude #1 $25.00 – $17.80

Week 3: Aaron West defeats Dude #1 and Paul Mazur $31.30 – $28.80 – $8.00

Week 4: West defeats Dude #1 and Oaklawn Wizard $53.30 – $27.00 – $25.60

Week 5: West defeats Dude #1 and Chance Moquett $42.40 – $37.40 – $22.20

Week 6: Dude #1 defeats West and Zack Gillham $68.00 – $49.80 – $35.40

This week’s challengers:

Brady Lukas

nFwZw45xBrady Lukas, grandson of Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas, was born in Arcadia, California. He grew up on the backside of Santa Anita
making wagers ever since he was tall enough to reach the betting window. He resided in California until he received a football scholarship to the Air Force Academy. He currently resides at Keesler Air Force Base in Biloxi, Ms, and is moving to Yokota Air Base in Tokyo, Japan in June.

Brady doesn’t believe in picking the second or third best horse, so he lives and dies by the win wager. The longest shot he ever hit was in the 2005 Kentucky Derby placing a straight win wager on 50-1 Giacomo. He currently owes 4 more years to the Air Force, but plans to get into the horse racing industry management side of the house. You can follow him on Twitter at @bwaynelukas.

 Nicolle Neulist

Nicolle Neulist lives in Chicago, Illinois. They were exposed to Triple Crown races on television as a child, but never made it out to the races until a company outing to Arlington Park back in 2007. Over the last year or so, after many late nights of reading about racehorse pedigrees, horse racingpurple has morphed from an occasional entertainment into a fiery passion. It’s just the perfect sport for someone who loves both trivia and numbers! Nowadays, Nicolle gets out to Hawthorne Race Course at least once a week, and the paddock there almost feels like a second home. They’re still relatively new to handicapping: even though the timid two-dollar show bets have given way to mostly exacta betting, cracking the nut of the multi-race wager is becoming more and more tempting by the day.

Away from the track, nicolle does computer security consulting, sings in a few choirs around Chicago, and plays a lot of pub quiz. They rant about horse racing (and a few other things, but mainly horse racing 140 characters at a time on Twitter at @rogueclown.  They also write in longer form about race picks, fantasy horse racing, and the on-track exploits of Curlin’s progeny at http://blinkersoffblog.wordpress.com.

Challenge races:

1  Keeneland Race 5 (2:09 CT)

2  Pimlico Race 7 (2:58 CT)

3  Oaklawn Park Race 5 (3:19 CT)

4  Keeneland Race 8 (3:42 CT)

5  Oaklawn Park  Race 6 (3:46 CT)

6  Keeneland Race 9 (4:13 CT)

7  Oaklawn Park Race 8 (4:42 CT)

8  Santa Anita Park Race 6 (5:00 CT)

9  Santa Anita Park  Race 7 (5:30 CT)

10  Santa Anita Park  Race 8 (6:00 CT)

Picks:

Race
Dude #1
Lukas
Neulist
KEE R5 #11 (Off) #11 (Off) #2 (Off)
PIM R7 #2 (1st 5.80 3.20) #2 (1st 5.80 3.20) #11 (2nd 4.40)
OP R5 #3 (Off) #3 (Off) #8 (2nd 4.80)
KEE R8 #10 (3rd) #6 (Off) #10* (3rd)
OP R6 #4 (Off) #7 (Off) #1 (1st 5.20 3.20)
KEE R9 #1 (3rd) #5 (Off) #8 (Off)
OP R8 #3* (1st 8.00 5.20) #6 (Off) #7 (3rd)
SA R6 #6 (2nd 3.00) #9 (3rd) #4 (Off)
SA R7 #2 (Off) #1* (3rd) #2 (Off)
SA R8 #8 (2nd 4.80) #8 (2nd 4.80) #6 (1st 8.00 3.60)
Score $30.00 $13.80 $29.20

* Denotes player’s $4 Win/Place wager

You think you can hang with the big boys (or girls)? Want to take the winner? Shoot us an email by visiting our contact page and let us know you’re interested! We’ll even plug your website, blog, Twitter feed, handicapping skills, etc. And who knows… defend your title long enough and we may even throw in a prize!

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Racing Dudes Handicapping Challenge: Halterman vs. West vs. Gillham

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Welcome to another week of the Racing Dudes Handicapping Challenge! Each weekend we select 8 to 10 races from around the country and offer up a little handicapping challenge to anyone interested. We’ve received a massive amount of interest to take on the Dudes! So much so that we’ve had to resort to drawing randomly to see who gets to take on our defending back-to-back champ (Aaron West) and the Dudes. Everyone will get a shot! And now, we’re adding one more challenger each week!

Rules:

Fake $2 Win/Place wagers ($2 to Win and $2 to Place) and (1) mandatory $4 Win/Place wager will be made on the horse a player selects in each race. Only one horse may be selected per race. If a player’s horse wins, the player score is credited on both the Win and Place payouts. If the horse finishes second, the player score is credited only on the Place payout. And just so we’re clear, all wagers and payouts from races are NOT REAL and will be used for scoring purposes only.

In the event of a late scratch or change of track conditions or confidence level, players may change picks provided given race has not started. If picks have already closed, the scratched horse will be replaced with the post-time favorite for that race.

Past results:

Week 1: Aaron Halterman (Dude #1) defeats Kelby Von Hemel $43.60 – $21.00

Week 2: Paul Mazur defeats Dude #1 $25.00 – $17.80

Week 3: Aaron West defeats Dude #1 and Paul Mazur  $31.30 – $28.80 – $8.00

Week 4: West defeats Dude #1 and Oaklawn Wizard  $53.20 – $27.00 – $25.60

Week 5: West defeats Dude #1 and Chance Moquett $42.40 – $37.40 – $22.20

This week’s contestants:

Three-Peat Champion: Aaron West

IMG_1921Aaron West started handicapping when he went to college and has been handicapping for 9 years now, particularly taking his game to a new level the last 5 years. Like so many of us, he learned how to read a form from my dad.

While he’s a fan of the Pick 3 and Pick 4 wagers, Aaron’s money maker is the Kentucky Derby Trifecta wager, hitting them in 3 of the last 4 years (2010: $2,337.40, 2012: $3,065.60, 2013: $6,925.60). He attends Oaklawn Park regularly and has been to the Breeders’ Cup twice and Kentucky Derby once. You can follow him on Twitter at @amwest85.

 New Shooter: Zack Gillham

Zack Gillham was born and raised in Hot Springs, Arkansas (home of Oaklawn Park) and has lived there most of his life. His love for horse racing didn’t begin until about a month into Oaklawn’s 2013 meet. He loves to learn and to solve problems. He also loves competition and making money. Horse racing was a good fit! He’s found that horse racing is a learning process that continues everyday and a problem that can never be solved, but when solid handicapping and some luck go your way, its 1526995_10100492353012961_2065106131_nsome of the most exciting 1-2 minutes you can have!

Like a lot of beginners, Zack started with Exactas, but from there went on to Trifectas and Superfectas. However, his recent task has been to conquer the Pick 4 wager. As he continues to grow as a handicapper, he’s expanding all the variables he likes to take into consideration, but he likes to take a combination of using how the race should unfold along with hot connections and track bias’s.

Other than horse racing, his other interests include golfing, poker, music, movies and generally anything outdoors. You can follow him on Twitter at @ZGillham.

Challenge races:

1  Fair Grounds Race 3 (2:26 CT)

2  Oaklawn Park Race 4 (2:52 CT)

3  Gulfstream Park Race 8 (3:34 CT)

4  Oaklawn Park  Race 6 (3:46 CT)

5  Oaklawn Park Race 7 (4:14 CT)

6  Fair Grounds Race 7 (4:25 CT)

7  Oaklawn Park Race 8 (4:42 CT)

8  Gulfstream Park Race 11 (5:07 CT)

9  Santa Anita Park Race 7 (5:30 CT)

10  Santa Anita Park  Race 8 (6:00 CT)

Picks:

Race
Dude #1
West
Gillham
FG R3 #5 (1st 6.40 3.80) #5 (1st 6.40 3.80) #5 (1st 6.40 3.80)
OP R4 #9 (1st 6.60 3.60) #9 (1st 6.60 3.60) #9 (1st 6.60 3.60)
GP R8 #1 (2nd 4.60) #3 (3rd) #3 (3rd)
OP R6 #3* (2nd 7.20) #3* (2nd 7.20) #3 (2nd 3.60)
OP R7 #8 (2nd 3.80) #8 (2nd 3.80) #5* (Off)
FG R7 #10 (Off) #1 (2nd 3.00) #1 (2nd 3.00)
OP R8 #1 (1st 10.00 4.80) #9 (2nd 4.40) #7 (Off)
GP R11 #3 (1st 6.80 4.20) #3 (1st 6.80 4.20) #2 (2nd 5.40)
SA R7 #5 (1st 3.80 2.40) #7 (3rd) #2 (2nd 3.00)
SA R8 #4 (Off) #4 (Off) #2 (Off)
Score $68.00 $49.80 $35.40

* Denotes player’s $4 Win/Place wager

You think you can hang with the big boys (or girls)? Want to take the winner? Shoot us an email by visiting our contact page and let us know you’re interested! We’ll even plug your website, blog, Twitter feed, handicapping skills, etc. And who knows… defend your title long enough and we may even throw in a prize!

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Racing Dudes Handicapping Challenge: Halterman vs. West vs. Moquett

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Welcome to another week of the Racing Dudes Handicapping Challenge! Each weekend we select 8 to 10 races from around the country and offer up a little handicapping challenge to anyone interested. We’ve received a massive amount of interest to take on the Dudes! So much so that we’ve had to resort to drawing randomly to see who gets to take on our defending back-to-back champ (Aaron West) and the Dudes. Everyone will get a shot! And now, we’re adding one more challenger each week!

Rules:

Fake $2 Win/Place wagers ($2 to Win and $2 to Place) and (1) mandatory $4 Win/Place wager will be made on the horse a player selects in each race. Only one horse may be selected per race. If a player’s horse wins, the player score is credited on both the Win and Place payouts. If the horse finishes second, the player score is credited only on the Place payout. And just so we’re clear, all wagers and payouts from races are NOT REAL and will be used for scoring purposes only.

In the event of a late scratch or change of track conditions, players may change picks provided given race has not started. If picks have already closed, the scratched horse will be replaced with the post-time favorite for that race.

Past results:

Week 1: Aaron Halterman (Dude #1) defeats Kelby Von Hemel $43.60 – $21.00

Week 2: Paul Mazur defeats Dude #1 $25.00 – $17.80

Week 3: Aaron West defeats Dude #1 and Paul Mazur  $31.30 – $28.80 – $8.00

Week 4: Aaron West defeats Dude #1 and Oaklawn Wizard  $53.20 – $27.00 – $25.60

This week’s contestants:

Back-to-Back Champion: Aaron West

IMG_1921Aaron West started handicapping when he went to college and has been handicapping for 9 years now, particularly taking his game to a new level the last 5 years. Like so many of us, he learned how to read a form from my dad.

While he’s a fan of the Pick 3 and Pick 4 wagers, Aaron’s money maker is the Kentucky Derby Trifecta wager, hitting them in 3 of the last 4 years (2010: $2,337.40, 2012: $3,065.60, 2013: $6,925.60). He attends Oaklawn Park regularly and has been to the Breeders’ Cup twice and Kentucky Derby once. You can follow him on Twitter at @amwest85.

New Shooter: Chance Moquett

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Let’s welcome Chance Moquett to the Dudes’ arena! Son of trainer Ron Moquett, Chance’s biggest win came in a race last year named after the fraternity he’s a part of, hitting a $.10 Superfecta box with a 50-1 on top! Nearly $6,200 payout after taxes!

When he’s not raking in the dough with the Superfectas, he loves betting Trifectas and Exactas as well as theoccasional Pick 3. (And of course a Pick 6 if the carryover is massive)

You can follow Chance on Twitter at @chancemoquett as well as his dad’s company Twitter account at @MoquettRacing97.

Challenge races:

1  Oaklawn Park  Race 2 (1:57 CT)

2  Gulfstream Park  Race 8 (3:34 CT)

3  Aqueduct  Race 8 (3:43 CT)

4  Fair Grounds  Race 6 (3:55 CT)

5  Gulfstream Park  Race 9 (4:05 CT)

6  Oaklawn Park  Race 8 (4:42 CT)

7  Fair Grounds  Race 8 (4:55 CT)

8  Santa Anita Park  Race 6 (5:00 CT)

9  Santa Anita Park  Race 8 (6:00 CT)

10  Sunland Park  Race 11 (6:40 CT)

Picks:

Race
Halterman
West
Moquett
OP R2 #7 (1st 2.80 2.20) #7 (1st 2.80 2.20) #7 (1st 2.80 2.20)
GP R8 #8 (Off) #8 (Off) #8 (Off)
AQU R8 #2 (Off) #1 (1st 4.40 2.80) #7 (Off)
FG R6 #1 (2nd 4.80) #1 (2nd 4.80) #4 (1st 9.00 4.40)
GP R9 #7 (1st 3.60 2.20) #7* (1st 7.20 4.40) #3 (3rd)
OP R8 #9 (Off) #4 (2nd 4.80) #8* (Off)
FG R8 #2 (3rd) #4 (2nd 5.20) #2 (3rd)
SA R6 #2 (Off) #3 (3rd) #3 (3rd)
SA R8 #1 (2nd 3.80) #1 (2nd 3.80) #1 (2nd 3.80)
SUN R11 #9* (1st 11.60 6.40) #2 (Off) #3 (3rd)
Score $37.40 $42.40 $22.20

* Denotes player’s $4 Win/Place wager

You think you can hang with the big boys (or girls)? Want to take the winner? Shoot us an email by visiting our contact page and let us know you’re interested! We’ll even plug your website, blog, Twitter feed, handicapping skills, etc. And who knows… defend your title long enough and we may even throw in a prize!

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Racing Dudes Handicapping Challenge: Oaklawn Park

Welcome to another week of the Racing Dudes Handicapping Challenge! Each weekend we select 8 to 10 races from around the country and offer up a little handicapping challenge to anyone interested. We’ve received a massive amount of interest to take on the Dudes! So much so that we’ve had to resort to drawing randomly to see who gets to take on our defending champ (Aaron West) and the Dudes. Everyone will get a shot! And now, we’ve decided to add even one more challenger each week!

The rules are simple. Fake $2 Win/Place wagers ($2 to Win and $2 to Place) and (1) mandatory $4 Win/Place wager will be made on the horse a player selects in each race. Only one horse may be selected per race. If a player’s horse wins, the player score is credited on both the Win and Place payouts. If the horse finishes second, the player score is credited only on the Place payout. And just so we’re clear, all wagers and payouts from races are NOT REAL and will be used for scoring purposes only.

In the event of a late scratch, players may change picks provided given race has not started. If picks have already closed, the scratched horse will be replaced with the post-time favorite for that race.

The Dudes will be in attendance at Oaklawn all weekend, so in tribute to that, we will feature an all-Oaklawn challenge this week!

Let’s look at past results:

Week 1: Aaron Halterman (Dude) defeats Kelby Von Hemel $43.60 – $21.00

Week 2: Paul Mazur defeats Aaron Halterman $25.00 – $17.80

Week 3: Aaron West defeats Aaron Halterman and Paul Mazur  $31.30 – $28.80 – $8.00

Alright, let’s meet this week’s contestants:

Resident Champion: Aaron West

IMG_1921Aaron West started handicapping when he went to college and has been handicapping for 9 years now, particularly taking his game to a new level the last 5 years. Like so many of us, he learned how to read a form from my dad.

While he’s a fan of the Pick 3 and Pick 4 wagers, Aaron’s money maker is the Kentucky Derby Trifecta wager, hitting them in 3 of the last 4 years (2010: $2,337.40, 2012: $3,065.60, 2013: $6,925.60). He attends Oaklawn Park regularly and has been to the Breeders’ Cup twice and Kentucky Derby once. You can follow him on Twitter at @amwest85.

New Shooter: Oaklawn Wizard (100% real)

Occupation: The Seer of Numbers and Knowledge of the Horse Oaklawn Wizard

Current Residence: The Bowels of Oaklawn’s Backstretch

Favorite Pastime: Teaching others knowledge of the game

Favorite Foods: Oaklawn Staples – Corn Beef Sandwich and Oysters from the Oyster Bar

Favorite Bets: Pick 4’s

Memberships:

Horse Racing Wizards of North America

The Southern Order of Wizards

P.O.N.Y

Saddle Up Club

Becoming a Wizard:

The journey to become a Wizard is both a treacherous and long path. The beginnings involved the teaching of the Racing Form hieroglyphs for many moons through late evenings. A Seer guided me on the journey explaining the numbers and strange types of words such as “furlong”. As the knowledge was gained, a quest to show off such knowledge was needed. A mystic place known as “Oaklawn” was told as a place of magic creatures where mounds of gold could be obtained using this knowledge. Several times as I learned the ways, a band of merry men with another elder wizard traveled to this place. I was allowed to see such wonders as an apprentice wizard. There – at this place – a great dragon lived which guarded a treasure of gold. Through the many caverns and wonderous taverns, the merry men would see this beast. Throughout the day, the dragon continued to use his cunning ways of ale and food to make sure the men’s guard was down. Every twenty minutes, they would battle with this dragon to obtain his gold. The elder wizard warned the men to protect their gold, but the dragon knew the secrets to defeating the men. Each time at the end of the day, the dragon would take what he wanted and threw the men out after he showed them the treasure they desired. I learned this tale and was allowed to lead others on their quest of their own.  Even to this day, men still request my guidance in seeking the path to this gold.

Today’s challenge races:

1  Oaklawn Park  Race 1 (1:30 CT)

2  Oaklawn Park  Race 2 (1:57 CT)

3  Oaklawn Park  Race 3 (2:25 CT)

4  Oaklawn Park  Race 4 (2:52 CT)

5  Oaklawn Park  Race 5 (3:19 CT)

6  Oaklawn Park  Race 6 (3:46 CT)

7  Oaklawn Park  Race 7 (4:14 CT)

8  Oaklawn Park  Race 8 (4:42 CT)

9  Oaklawn Park  Race 9 (5:10 CT)

The picks:

Race
Halterman
West
Wizard
OP R1 #8 (Off) #8* (Off) #9 (2nd 4.00)
OP R2 #5 (1st 2.80 2.60) #5 (1st 2.80 2.60) #5 (1st 2.80 2.60)
OP R3 #8 (Off) #9 (Off) #2* (3rd)
OP R4 #2 (Off) #3 (1st 7.80 4.60) #3 (1st 7.80 4.60)
OP R5 #11 (2nd 4.60) #5 (Off) #5 (Off)
OP R6 #5 (Off) #5 (Off) #6 (Off)
OP R7 #5 (1st 8.20 5.00) #4 (Off) #8 (Off)
OP R8 #2* (Off) #1 (Off) #1 (Off)
OP R9 #6 (2nd 3.80) #3 (1st 24.60 10.80) #6 (2nd 3.80)
Score $27.00 $53.20 $25.60

* Denotes player’s $4 Win/Place wager

You think you can hang with the big boys (or girls)? Want to take the winner? Shoot us an email by visiting our contact page and let us know you’re interested! We’ll even plug your website, blog, Twitter feed, handicapping skills, etc. And who knows… defend your title long enough and we may even throw in a prize!

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Racing Dudes Handicapping Challenge: Halterman vs. Mazur vs. West

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Two weeks ago we held the first installment of the Racing Dudes Handicapping Challenge. Nine races were involved in the competition between our very own Racing Dude, Aaron Halterman and Super Farrier, Kelby Von Hemel. Mr. Halterman defeated Von Hemel $43.60 – $21.00.

Then, a week later, the Windy City Handicapper, Paul Mazur comes in to the Dudes’ arena to offer up a challenge. It didn’t end well for the Dudes as we were defeated by the first up challenger, $17.80 – $25.00. Advantage Mazur.

Each weekend we select 8 to 10 races from around the country and offer up a little handicapping challenge to anyone interested. We’ve received a massive amount of interest to take on the Dudes! So much so that we’ve had to resort to drawing randomly to see who gets to take on our defending champ (Mazur) and the Dudes. Everyone will get a shot! And now, we’ve decided to add even one more challenger each week!

The rules are simple. Fake $2 Win/Place wagers ($2 to Win and $2 to Place) will be made on the horse a player selects in each race. Only one horse may be selected per race. If a player’s horse wins, the player score is credited on both the Win and Place payouts. If the horse finishes second, the player score is credited only on the Place payout. And just so we’re clear, all wagers and payouts from races are NOT REAL and will be used for scoring purposes only. (Had to say it)

In the event of a late scratch, players may change picks provided given race has not started. If picks have already closed, the scratched horse will be replaced with the post-time favorite for that race. Alright, let’s meet the contestants:

Resident Champion: Paul Mazur

blog-573-128Paul Mazur has played the thoroughbred racing circuit of Arlington Park and Hawthorne Race Course since 2008 and blogged about it since 2011. His blogs focus on the Chicagoland tracks of Arlington Park and Hawthorne Race Course with occasional road trips to horse racing’s biggest days (Breeders’ Cup, Kentucky Derby, etc.).

His work has also appeared at other racing sites, such as WirePlayers,IronMaidens ThoroughbredsThorofan, Graded StakesDanonymous Racing and Racing Dudes.

He’s also appeared on the “Post Parade” podcast and the “JTL Sports Show” on Chicagoland Sports Radio.

He also votes in the “NTRA Top 10 Thoroughbred Poll” Media Division.  (Poll results are released each Monday/Tuesday)

His posts were selected as Best Posts by Chicagonow for July 2012 andDecember 2012.  He lives, writes, and wagers in Chicago.

Click here to contact “Picks and Ponderings”. You can also follow him on Twitter at @heylaserbeam.

New Shooter: Aaron West

Aaron West started handicapping when he went to college and has been handicapping for 9 years now, particularly taking his game to a new level the last 5 years. Like so many of us, he learned how to read a form from my dad.

While he’s a fan of the Pick 3 and Pick 4 wagers, Aaron’s money maker is the Kentucky Derby Trifecta wager, hitting them in 3 of the last 4 years (2010: $2,337.40, 2012: $3,065.60, 2013: $6,925.60). He attends Oaklawn Park regularly and has been to the Breeders’ Cup twice and Kentucky Derby once.

You can follow him on Twitter at @amwest85.

Alright, let’s check out today’s challenge races:

1  Tampa Bay Downs  Race 4 (12:55 CST)

2  Parx Racing  Race 6 (1:40 CST)

3  Oaklawn Park  Race 2 (1:57 CST)

4  Aqueduct  Race 6 (2:45 CST)

5  Hawthorne  Race 5 (3:43 CST)

6  Gulfstream Park  Race 9 (4:10 CST)

7  Oaklawn Park  Race 7 (4:14 CST)

8  Oaklawn Park  Race 8 (4:42 CST)

9  Santa Anita Park  Race 6 (5:00 CST)

10  Gulfstream Park  Race 11 (5:11 CST)

The picks:

Race
Halterman
Mazur
West
TB R4 #7 (Off) #6 (Off) #9 (2nd 4.80)
PRX R6 #7 (2nd 4.20) #8 (1st 5.00 3.00) #8 (1st 5.00 3.00)
OP R2 #4 (2nd 7.20) #9 (Off) #5 (Off)
AQU R6 #6 (Off) #8 (3rd) #4 (2nd 3.10)
HAW R5 #7 (2nd 4.60) #4 (Off) #7 (2nd (4.60)
GP R9 #1 (1st 3.00 2.60) #4 (Off) #1 (1st 3.00 2.60)
OP R7 #4 (2nd 3.80) #11 (Off) #6 (Off)
OP R8 #5 (2nd 3.40) #9 (Off) #8 (Off)
SA R6 #7 (Off) #12 (Off) #7 (Off)
GP R11 #4 (Off) #7 (Off) #6 (2nd 5.20)
Score $28.80 $8.00 $31.30

You think you can hang with the big boys (or girls)? Want to take the winner? Shoot us an email by visiting our contact page and let us know you’re interested! We’ll even plug your website, blog, Twitter feed, handicapping skills, etc. And who knows… defend your title long enough and we may even throw in a prize!

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Racing Dudes Handicapping Challenge: Halterman vs. Mazur

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In case you missed it, last week we held the first installment of the Racing Dudes Handicapping Challenge! Nine races were involved in the competition between our very own Racing Dude, Aaron Halterman and Super Farrier, Kelby Von Hemel. It started close but ended in a route with a final score of $43.60 – $21.00.

The rules are simple. Fake $2 Win/Place wagers ($2 to Win and $2 to Place) will be made on the horse a player selects in each race. Only one horse may be selected per race. If a player’s horse wins, the player score is credited on both the Win and Place payouts. If the horse finishes second, the player score is credited only on the Place payout. And just so we’re clear, all wagers and payouts from races are NOT REAL and will be used for scoring purposes only. (Had to say it)

In the event of a late scratch, players may change picks provided given race has not started. If picks have already closed, the scratched horse will be replaced with the post-time favorite for that race.

Each weekend we will select 8 to 10 races from around the country and offer up a little handicapping challenge to anyone interested. However, to our surprise, we received a massive amount of interest last weekend to take on the Dudes! So much in fact that we are just simply drawing randomly this week to see who gets to take on our defending champ. Everyone will get a shot! Alright, let’s meet this week’s challenger to face the champ:

The Windy City Handicapper, Paul Mazur

blog-573-128Paul Mazur has played the thoroughbred racing circuit of Arlington Park and Hawthorne Race Course since 2008 and blogged about it since 2011. His blogs focus on the Chicagoland tracks of Arlington Park and Hawthorne Race Course with occasional road trips to horse racing’s biggest days (Breeders’ Cup, Kentucky Derby, etc.).

His work has also appeared at other racing sites, such as WirePlayers,IronMaidens ThoroughbredsThorofan, Graded Stakes and Danonymous Racing.

He’s also appeared on the “Post Parade” podcast and the “JTL Sports Show” on Chicagoland Sports Radio.

He also votes in the “NTRA Top 10 Thoroughbred Poll” Media Division.  (Poll results are released each Monday/Tuesday)

His posts were selected as Best Posts by Chicagonow for July 2012 andDecember 2012.  He lives, writes, and wagers in Chicago.

Click here to contact “Picks and Ponderings”. You can also follow him on Twitter at @heylaserbeam.

Alright, let’s check out today’s challenge races:

1  Gulfstream Park  Race 3 (1:05 CST)

2  Gulfstream Park  Race 4 (1:35 CST)

3  Tampa Bay Downs  Race 6 (1:55 CST)

4  Oaklawn Park  Race 2 (1:57 CST)

5  Aqueduct  Race 8 (2:48 CST)

6  Gulfstream Park  Race 7 (3:08 CST)

7  Oaklawn Park  Race 5 (3:19 CST)

8  Oaklawn Park  Race 8 (4:42 CST)

9  Fair Grounds  Race 9 (5:25 CST)

10  Santa Anita Park  Race 7 (5:30 CST)

The picks:

Halterman
Race
Mazur
#9 Valid Concept (3rd) GP R3 #5 Kwacha (1st 7.40 4.00)
#8 Love You Loads (Off) GP R4 #8 Love You Loads (Off)
#3 Guts and Glory (1st 5.80 3.00) TB R6 #7 Lawyer Charles (Off)
#9 Kathleen (2nd 3.80) OP R2 #12 Miss Addicate (1st 5.00 2.80)
#5 Henry’s Gal (3rd) AQU R8 #8 My Girl Madison (2nd 3.20)
#8 Tie Dye (2nd 5.20) GP R7 #5 Hit Squad (Off)
#12 Uptown Babe OP R5 (Cancelled) #2 Jess N Nat
#8 Justa Runner OP R8 (Cancelled) #7 A.P. Corsair
#4 Unlatch (Off) FG R9 #5 Adios Nardo (2nd 2.60)
#3 Cook Inlet (Off) SA R7 #5 Designer (Off)
$17.80 Score $25.00

You think you can hang with the big boys (or girls)? Want to take the winner? Shoot us an email by visiting our contact page and let us know you’re interested! We’ll even plug your website, blog, Twitter feed, handicapping skills, etc. And who knows… defend your title long enough and we may even throw in a prize!

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Racing Dudes Handicapping Challenge: Halterman vs. Von Hemel

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Trust us, we’ve heard it all. “You suck at handicapping”. “You don’t provide value”. And my favorite, “Try picking something other than favorites. No skills. Keep up the average work” (Thanks Trace). This game is hard folks. But hey, we get it. Everyone has an opinion. We just try to do as good of a job of a possible so that you might find what we do valuable.

With all that said, we thought we would open this up a bit to some friendly competition! I introduce to you, the first installment of the Racing Dudes Handicapping Challenge.

Each weekend we will select 8 to 10 races from around the country and offer up a little handicapping challenge. Old school rules apply…winner stays, loser walks. This week’s challenge pairs up two fierce opponents:

Resident Dude Aaron Halterman vs. Super Farrier Kelby Von Hemel

The rules are simple. Fake $2 Win/Place wagers ($2 to Win and $2 to Place) will be made on the horse a player selects in each race. Only one horse may be selected per race. If a player’s horse wins, the player score is credited on both the Win and Place payouts. If the horse finishes second, the player score is credited only on the Place payout. And just so we’re clear, all wagers and payouts from races are NOT REAL and will be used for scoring purposes only. (Had to say it)

In the event of a late scratch, players may change picks provided given race has not started. If picks have already closed, the scratched horse will be replaced with the post-time favorite for that race.

Today’s challenge races:

1  Gulfstream Park  Race 4 (1:07 CST)

2  Gulfstream Park  Race 7 (2:34 CST)

3  Aqueduct  Race 8 (2:48 CST)

4  Gulfstream Park  Race 9 (3:33 CST)

5  Oaklawn Park  Race 6 (3:46 CST)

6  Fair Grounds  Race 7 (4:25 CST)

7  Oaklawn Park  Race 8 (4:42 CST)

8  Oaklawn Park  Race 9 (5:10 CST)

9  Santa Anita Park  Race 8 (6:07 CST)

The picks:

Halterman
Race
Von Hemel
#5 (Off) GP R4 #5 (Off)
#1 (1st 8.60 4.40) GP R7 #7 (2nd 4.00)
#3 (3rd) AQU R8 #4 (Off)
#6 (Off) GP R9 #7 (Off)
#5 (1st 3.00 2.60) OP R6 #5 (1st 3.00 2.60)
#10 (2nd 3.40) FG R7 #2 (Off)
#2 (1st 6.60 3.60) OP R8 #6 (Off)
#1 (1st 6.80 4.60) OP R9 #1 (1st 6.80 4.60)
#4 (Off) SA R8 #1 (Off)
$43.60 Final $21.00

You think you can hang with the big boys (or girls)? Want to take the winner? Shoot us an email by visiting our contact page and let us know you’re interested! We’ll even plug your website, blog, Twitter feed, handicapping skills, etc. And who knows… defend your title long enough and we may even throw in a prize!

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