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 Robert E Ferguson II
2000 Keeneland Handicapping Contest
 Occupation: Audior/Computer Programmer 
 Other Accomplishments:Accomplishments
1) 1999 1st Place in River Downs $5,000.00 Handicapping contest.
2) 1999 3rd Place in Thistledown’s Handicapping Contest – National Handicapping Qualifier.
3) 2000 2nd Place in River Downs $5,000.00 Handicapping contest.
4) 2000 1st Place Keeneland $10,000.00 Handicapping Contest – Qualified me to The National Handicapping Championship.
5) 2001 7th Place in the National Handicapping Championship (2nd place day two of the tournament).
6) 2002 1st Place in AQHA on-line Handicapping Contest – National Handicapping Qualifier.
7) I’ve won many local tournaments in my hometown area and also finished in the top fifteen in numerous major handicapping tournaments that I’ve played in the last three years around the country.
8) I have had many winning $5,000.00 and up days at the track but my most memorable day has to be The Breeders' Cup 2000. That particular day I hit 4 trifectas, 5 exactas and Win bets totaling over $20,000.00.  
 Started Playing: I grew up about 15 miles from Beulah Park (thoroughbred) and Scioto Downs (harness racing) and as a teenager in the late 1970s I was introduced to horse racing by my mother (Diana Ferguson – 14th in 2001 The National Handicapping Championship). I placed my first wager on a horse race at Scioto Downs in 1979.  
 Handicapping Mentor(s): I started handicapping seriously with thoroughbreds about three years ago. A good friend gave me some books on handicapping/wagering on thoroughbreds. The first tournament we ever played in, we split two entries at River Downs in Cincinnati, OH. We won the $3,000.00 1st Place prize that day and I’ve been hooked ever since. Since then I’ve started playing around 8 – 10 handicapping tournaments a year. The large majority of handicapping skills that I have acquired along the way has come from reading books on the sport and on-the-spot experience in tournaments. I would like to give some credit to some of my good friends that I met along the way that have passed on to me bits-n-pieces of handicapping tips that has been instrumental in my development as a thoroughbred handicapper. These handicappers are Daven Turner, Don “Hee Haw” Alvey and John “The Marlin” Wilhelm.  
 Handicapping Style: The handicapping styles that most accurately help my handicapping skills are Speed and Pace Ratings.  

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