Sean, who lives in Alexandria, Virginia, qualified for the National Championship at Delaware Park and has been a Brisnet.com member since 1999.
"I mainly use the Ultimate PPs for the pace figures," explained Terry Severson, also a member of the 2nd place team from Canterbury Park. "It gives you a fairly accurate way to break down the race. Then I eliminate any horses that aren't contenders. With the contenders I look for horses that offer the best value. The pace figures help me spot vulnerable favorites. If the horse I like doesn't offer value, I look for the next logical contender."
"Whenever I play the Thoroughbreds, I download the Ultimate PPs from Brisnet.com," stated Robert, also a harness player. "I use the BRIS Pace Ratings based on how I envision the race setting up. Then, I refer to the Speed Ratings as well as my personal checklist to see if a horse qualifies based on the criteria I am looking for. This method has made me competitive in every tournament I've played."
"It is very important to manage your time when you are competing in tournaments" explained Frank Okasaki, member of Maryland Jockey Club team. "That is why the comments in the Ultimate PPs are especially helpful. If the Ultimates have a horse with 5 or 6 positive comments, I always take that horse very seriously. Of course I also look at the pace information and the BRIS ratings."
Frank was not only on the winning Maryland Jockey Club team, he finished 16th overall in the individual standings among the 204 contestants.
Fellow team member Bob Ordakowski also utilizes the Ultimate PPs. "Ultimates are extremely helpful when playing in handicapping tournaments. Without the Ultimates it would take hours to figure out all the jockey/trainer stats plus the track bias information. The trainers and jockeys are something I key in on when picking horses. Usually I look for ones with win percentages of 15% or higher. I had a great time at the tournament and look forward to playing next year."
The Brisnet.com team, which consisted of Gordon Anderson, Steve Davidowitz, Jim Hamon and Oscar Hebert, had a very strong showing. They just missed being in the money, finishing fourth among the more than 50 teams competing.
Steve Walker, the Brisnet member who earned the title of NTRA Handicapper of the Year last January, recovered from a poor start to capture the $3,000 daily prize awarded to the best handicapper on day two. With another successful run in the 2nd National Handicapping Championship, Brisnet.com members have won over $200,000 in the short two-year existence of this championship event.
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