Wynn set to host
horseracing expo

Feb 20, 2007 3:21 AM

Horseplayers from around the country will descend on Las Vegas for the 2007 Horseplayers Expo, March 1-4, at Wynn Las Vegas, sponsored by Daily Racing Form.

The event will feature 35 of the top thoroughbred handicappers, authors and personalities in three days of in-depth seminars and panel discussions.

With the advent of new developments such as synthetic racing surfaces, more night racing and horses from Japan, Germany and Dubai, horseplayers of all levels can benefit from attending the event.

Among the experts to appear:

Andy Beyer — Racing columnist for the Washington Post and creator of the "Beyer Speed Ratings" which have become a handicappers’ standard.

Steve Davidowitz — Noted author whose book, "Betting Thoroughbreds," has become a primer for beginning and advanced horse bettors.

Mark Cramer — a noted pari-mutuel author who plans to reveal those unfamiliar, underused ideas and practices that have worked effectively for him and his followers.

Many local players are already buzzing about the appearance of Jim Quinn at the Expo. Based in Southern California, Quinn is one of the foremost handicapping authors in the country. He took his 1970 doctorate from UCLA directly to Hollywood Park, Del Mar and Santa Anita, where he has become a renowned expert on turf racing, handicapping and player development.

Some of the other experts scheduled to participate include: Simon Bray, Richard Eng, Steve Fierro, Brad Free, Gordon Jones, Steven Crist, Ken Kirchner, Jay Privman, Tom Quigley, Ralph Siraco, Lauren Stich, Lou Tavano, Lee Tomlinson and Mike Watchmaker, to name a few.

Here are a few of the compelling sessions/seminars:

”¡ Making Your Own Lines: the panelists will offer three approaches to making your own betting lines, which are critical in determining whether a horse is an overlay or underlay.

”¡ Technology of Successful Handicappers: Andy Beyer will reveal how new technology has been factored into his traditional handicapping techniques of speed, trip information and trainer patterns.

”¡ Handicapping Synthetic Surfaces: Learn how the different surfaces — Polytrack, Cushion Track and Tapeta Track — compare, and how to handicap with them.

”¡ Back to Basics and Beyond: The panelists will instruct how to relate the basic factors of speed, class, pace and form to the numerous situational factors of distance, trips, post position, track surface, trainers and jockeys.

”¡ Exotic Betting: Get the inside scoop on how to best compete for exotics with the syndicates, computer mavens and high rollers.

”¡ Attacking Racing Biggest Days: Who doesn’t want to earn a year’s profit in one big day. This astute group of panelists moderated by Mike Watchmaker will show you how it’s done.

”¡ Interpreting Workouts: It’s no longer standard practice to bring a horse along through a series of races. Thus workouts have become key to gauging ability and revealing form.

”¡ Speed and Class on the Grass: Turf races are different than dirt races and they require special skills on analysis and evaluation. Panelist Jim Quinn has 20 years of success with turf races and attendees will benefit greatly from his expertise.

The seventh annual Horseplayers Expo numerous author book-signings, cocktail receptions, banquet dinner and a handicappers contest.

Cost of the event is $449, which includes attendance in all sessions, two cocktail receptions and Saturday night banquet. The optional $10,000 handicapping contest has an entry fee of $100.

For more information, a complete schedule and registration information, go to www.drf.com.