VOL. 20, NO. 3
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Long time New
Jersey Star-Ledger public handicapper and
Brisnet.com member Ron Rippey claims the
seventh annual National Handicapping Championship.
The eventual winner surged late on day two to
capture the title of Handicapper of the Year on the
final race of the contest. The dramatic conclusion
was preceded by a dismal start to the day. After
missing his first eight plays on day two, Rippey
listened to the sage advice of his wife to go with
his convictions and play the horses he liked. Rippey
rallied to hit four of his last five plays
concluding with 17/1 longshot Alluring Bel.
The winner plans on donating a portion of the
$250,000 grand prize money to Healing the Children,
a charity for impoverished children in Third World
countries as well as to his church. A small chunk
will be also set aside for his grandchildren.
"The night before each tournament I try to narrow
each race down to three horses. Typically, I will go
with the longer price of three horses," exclaimed
Rippey. "If all three horses dip below 5/1 I skip
the race. The key is to be disciplined -stick with
the horses you like and don't reach. Do not be
frightened of the toteboard. When you have an
opportunity to pull the trigger on price go for it.
Especially, late in the contest. Most contests are
won or lost in the last couple of races so it is
important to be aggressive."
"For contests I steer clear of claiming races.
Claimers tend to take turns beating each other and
rarely yield a price. I also avoid looking at the
morning line until after I have handicapped."
"I like to consider myself a trip handicapper,"
continued Rippey, "but when in doubt I will lean on
good trainers. I also look for certain angles. I
have found horses dropping in class and getting the
service of a better jock win at very high
percentage. I always bet overseas shippers that show
ability in their stateside debut but fail to win. In
turf and slop races I tend to over-emphasize
pedigrees. Class really shines through in these
situations. In maiden races I am more concerned with
consistent works than I am with speedy works. A
consistent workout tab indicates to me the horse is
Lowe tied for the lead on day one. The strong start
was good for $4,000. However the success of the
first day quickly gave way to a shaky start on day
two. The second place finisher suffered from a
battle of nerves after several of his optional plays
scratched. Scrambling to find some replacement
plays, he inadvertently missed a mandatory contest
race. Determined not to miss another race, Lowe put
in the remainder of his mandatory contest plays
including longshot winner Alluring Bel in the final
contest race. The victory by Alluring Bel catapulted
Lowe into second place, plus $100,000 in prize
"Leading up to the tournament I re-read several
articles in the
Brisnet.com library and Tim Holland's
article in the
Handicapper's Edge. It all proved to be
invaluable as the contest unfolded," stated Lowe.
"Knowing the format of the contest will help you
determine your strategy for the tournament. It can
really cost you if you are not familiarized with the
"I look for horses that are showing improvement in
their (BRIS) pace figures. Horses trending upwards
to their best pace figures tend to be sitting on a
"I use Ultimate Past Performances with Comments
in combination with the Handicapper's Report.
A good example of how these reports work well
together was Alluring Bel. The first time starter's
(Ultimate) sire and dam stats were strong and she
had earned a positive grade in her most recent work
in the (HR) Daily Clocker report."
"On day one Tim Holland's (Handicapper's Edge)
article on ten (A) turf sires was instrumental in my
selection of longshot bomb Add Heat on day one. He
had written that Unusual Heat was a turf sire to
watch. It proved to be the deciding factor in my
selection of Add Heat in the contest," explained
The difference between second and third place in the
National Handicapping Championship was one dollar.
The difference cost Mel Moser $50,000.
"Based on the previous championships I knew I needed
to have around $240 bankroll to have a shot at
winning it all. The key was not to play my way out
of it on day one. Fortunately, on day one I finished
"Shoot for a cap horse and back it up with medium
price longshots - 7/1 or to 8/1."
"I look for speed horses at the right price. Horses
ignored by the public that are returning to form or
the right conditions, surface."
"Half the battle being prepared for a contest is
being organized. Brisnet.com Ultimate Past
Performances are consistently available online
"I use BRIS Prime Power figures to eliminate
races," explained Moser. "I am looking for races
where the Prime Power numbers are contentious. The
comments are very helpful. Often they point out
something I have overlooked...like a horse coming
off a long layoff."
Brisnet.com Member Recap
Overall Brisnet members made an impressive showing
in the National Handicapping Championship.
Thirteen members placed in the top 20 and six
were in the top 10. In all thirteen members came
home with prize money totaling $464,500.
Team Brisnet.com, Tim Catlett, Leo Haukkala
and Mike Rogers fared well on day one before
faltering on the final day. Better luck next year!
Brisnet.com is now home to all seven Handicappers
of the Year. Brisnet members have now claimed
winnings well over 1.5 million dollars!
Brisnet congratulates all its members who were
winners this year and wishes them continued success
in the future.
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