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October, 2008                                   VOL. 22, NO. 9


>> The Edge for Breeders' Cup Weekend?
>> FINAL CHANCE! 8 Spots to Vegas still up for grabs
>> NHC Qualifiers at Churchill Downs Properties and Sites
>> Handicapping Oak Tree at Santa Anita
>> Handicap the Breeders' Cup with Lifetime Past Performances
>> October Racing Calendar

FREE Handicapper's Edge Newsletter - offers updated daily news on all the Cup happenings. Read it every day and you'll know who's been training well in addition to any recent updates prior to the big weekend.
Available Daily.

TIMEFORM - want to know what the Europeans think of their chances? Not only will you get the famous Timeform ratings on all runners, you will gain valuable insight into all the horses from both sides of the Atlantic. This is the best report for getting the European perspective.
Available Tue., Oct. 21

ULTIMATE Past Performances - only these PPs offer Prime Power, Class/Pace/Speed Ratings, Foreign Class Ratings, Pedigree data, Track Bias stats and more. This is one product that truly lives up to its name!
Available Tue., Oct. 21

HANDICAPPER'S REPORT - Brisnet.com's exclusive professional clocker service is a must-have for the Cup. How these horses have been training can be the difference between a winning day or a losing one.
Available by Thur., Oct. 23

ALL-WAYS Professional - tap into one of racing's most comprehensive handicapping programs. This popular program uses the best BRIS performance ratings while incorporating over 70 handicapping factors. See this month's insert for the ALL-Ways Breeders' Cup analysis. It's a must-read for all handicappers!
Available Tue., Oct. 21

WIZARD Analysis - the Wizard has been known to crush a big race or two with his professional wagering strategies, and he did just that on last year's Cup. The Wizard will be on top of these races like no other handicapper.
Available Wed., Oct. 22

WIZARD'S PICK OF THE DAY - the best play on the cards along with an expert wagering strategy. This is the Wizard's preferred Crystal Ball selection.
Available by Thur., Oct. 23

PROFIT LINE - in addition to the professional picks, ProfitLine provides a fair value odds line for identifying overlays quickly and easily. There is no better day than Cup day to use this valuable tool.
Available Wed., Oct. 22

SPOTLIGHT SELECTIONS - reigning Handicapper of the Year Richard Goodall joins other champion handicappers by providing his selections for each and every race in one report. A special in-depth analysis will be provided by Handicapper of the Year Steve Walker.
Available Wed., Oct. 22

FREE Handicapping Software - choose from 8 different programs designed to give you an edge at the windows. Let packages such as ALL-Ways, Neurax Pro, and MultiCaps help you analyze these contentious events. Download any of the programs FREE from Brisnet.com.
Datafiles Available Oct. 21

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Play free on October 18 in our online handicapping tournament limited to Brisnet.com members. Finish in the top 50 and you'll get to play FREE again from home in the November finals for a total of 8 berths to Las Vegas, including 3 spots to the $1 Million National Handicapping Championship.

The fabulous Red Rock hotel and casino is Vegas' only billion dollar resort, and you could be there competing for over $1 million in purses in a handicapping contest! Talk about a life changer. There is no reason not to play. The Oct. 18 Online Handicapping Challenge at Brisnet.com is absolutely free.

Take advantage of your Brisnet.com membership and claim your entry in the 10th annual Brisnet.com Online Handicapping Challenge. Cash prizes and a free entry into the $750,000 Horse Player World Series are given away in the Oct. 18 satellite event.

Did we mention it's FREE? Sign-up closes Saturday, Oct. 18 by 1:59 PM ET, but don't delay.

Register today! Visit www.brisnet.com/challenge for contest details, rules, and free registration. Customized contest cards, featuring all mandatory races in one download, will be available Thursday evening* October 16. A special contest analysis from the Wizard will also be offered online that evening.

* regular product prices apply.

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No other racing organization is offering handicappers more chances to qualify for the $1 million NHC than Churchill Downs. Here are upcoming opportunities.

Location Dates
Churchill DownsOct. 29, Nov. 2, 5, 9, 12, 16, 19, 23
TwinSpires.comOct. 1 Leaderboard
Nov. 1 Leaderboard - 6 NHC Spots
Brisnet.comOct. 18
Twin Spires Club*Nov. 22
TwinSpires.com*Nov. 22

* site to be determined. Visit www.twinspiresclub.com for more details.

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The Oak Tree meet at Santa Anita opens on September 24th and will host its fourth Breeders' Cup World Championships on Friday, October 24th and Saturday October 25th. In addition, the beautiful Arcadia track has been selected as the site for the 2009 Championships - the first time in history that one location will host the event two years running.

The most important consideration to handicappers at the start of this meet will be as to how the new Pro-Ride will play. The surface, to be used for racing for the first time in America, is claimed by it's manufacturers to be the most consistent artificial surface available and that it creates minimal kickback. In general artificial surfaces have created fairer, less speed-favoring strips and, while Pro-Ride has been used with good reviews at various training facilities in this country, handicappers will have to analyze the first few races before forming any opinions as to any existing biases.

With racing being conducted exclusively over artificial surfaces for over a year in Southern California enough statistics have been accumulated to form conclusions as to which sire lines are benefiting by the change. In addition to obvious, proven synthetic sires such as A.P. Indy, Pleasant Tap, Street Cry (Ire) and GiantŐs Causeway, some California-based sires whose offspring deserve extra consideration include:

BenchmarkLake George
Devon LaneMemo
Event Of The YearTribal Rule
In Excess (Ire)Unusual Heat

The Santa Anita turf course, however, is well established and documented. The unique six and a half furlong 'Downhill' turf course is one of a kind in America having a right hand turn shortly after the start. This gives runners, especially ones with early speed, that are drawn to the outside an advantage. Nearly a quarter of all races over the 6 1/2 furlong trip are won in wire-to wire fashion but very few will come from low post positions. The one mile conventional turf course favors closers coming from middle to inside posts that can enjoy a good trip.

As well as taking into account the post position and pace variables, another key to success handicapping races on the six and a half furlong downhill turf course is to find horses that have already proved that they can act on this course. Horses that have already won at least twice on the downhill turf, and may show up at this meet, are listed below with their trainers and lifetime record at the distance:

Beyond Loaded (Clifford Sise)7-2-1-1
Desert Code (David Hofmans)4-3-0-0
Doppio (Carla Gaines)6-4-1-0
Lethal Heat (Barry Abrams)2-2-0-0
Night Chapter (Bobby Frankel)8-2-2-2
Siren Lure (Art Sherman)6-3-0-1
Steelin' (Rafael Deleon) 4-2-1-0

The Oak Tree meet at Santa Anita will feature six grade 1 events to be run on September 27th in addition to hosting racing's biggest day of the year on closing weekend.

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The #5044 report under our Pedigree Database section is the Lifetime Past Performances on any Thoroughbred racehorse. It's not limited to use by horsemen. The #5044 Lifetime PPs is an awesome handicapping tool for digging deeper into a runner's record. Want to know how a runner performed on the turf or on this racetrack but the PP running lines don't go that far back? Pull up a #5044 Lifetime report and find out everything you need to know about a runner.

The #5044 is also a valuable resource for researching runners who the horse in question recently faced. You may see a 'name' in the company line, and you want to know how that runner performed in subsequent starts. Simply download a #5044 and you will easily know the quality and form of that runner.

To help you get started in your Breeders' Cup handicapping, we're giving away 3 FREE reports in October. Regularly priced at $5.00 each, the #5044 is the edge you need on this big day of racing. Try three complimentary Lifetime PPs this month and see how it can help you with your everyday handicapping.

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Octber Racing Calendar

[Click Here] - Updated on the 1st of every month

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