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 Steven R Walker
1999 Handicapper of the Year
 Occupation: Environmental Supervisor 
 Other Accomplishments:
1) Won the inaugural DRF/NTRA National Handicapping Championship (NHC) Tournament on January 7-8, 2000, and received the Handicapper of the Year Award at the Eclipse Awards Ceremony in Beverly Hills, California on January 17, 2000. ($100,000)
2) Won the Horsemen's Park DRF/NTRA Tournament on October 16, 1999, and qualified for NHC I.
3) Finished 3rd at the Bettor Racing OTB DRF/NTRA Tournament on August 12, 2000, and qualified for NHC II.
4) Won the Horsemen's Park DRF/NTRA Qualifying Tournament on October 13, 2001, and qualified for NHC III.
5) Finished 2nd at the Prairie Meadows DRF/NTRA Tournament on September 28, 2002, and qualified for NHC IV. Became the only person to qualify for the first four NHC tournaments.
6) Finished 2nd at the Hawthorne Race Course DRF/NTRA Tournament on November 28-30, 2003, and qualified for NHC V. Became the only person to qualify for the first five NHC tournaments. ($2,500)
7) Had the highest daily mutuel total on Day 2 of NHC II on January 13, 2001. ($3,000)
8) Largest payoff from a wager was $6,119.20 for the $1 trifecta of the 2001 Kentucky Derby on May 5, 2001.
9) Won my first handicapping tournament at Ak-Sar-Ben Race Track in Omaha, Nebraska in 1988. ($5,000)  
 Started Playing: My first attempt at handicapping and wagering was during the summer of 1976 at Lincoln State Fair Park in Lincoln, Nebraska. 
 Handicapping Mentor(s): I am a self-taught handicapper. Since the first day I attended the races, I have thoroughly enjoyed assessing handicapping information and trying to select the winner of a race. Steve Davidowitz and Andrew Beyer are the two authors that had the greatest influence on my early handicapping. 
 Handicapping Style: The basis of my handicapping is paceline selection and use of speed figures to identify contenders. Besides fundamental handicapping, I use pace handicapping, pedigree handicapping, and trainer, jockey, and track bias statistics to separate contenders. I have developed handicapping keys for different types of races. I seem to be an extremely “streaky” handicapper, who is either “in the zone” or “out of it.” 

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