Handicapper Bios

For years, the TrackMaster® line of racing products have helped you find a faster, better way to handicap. Our unparalleled data and ease of use has allowed our customers to win more money more often.

Ellis Starr

TRACKS & CIRCUITS: S. California (Hollywood, Santa Anita, Del Mar, Fairplex)
N. California (Bay Meadows, Golden Gate Fields, some California Fairs),
Kentucky (Churchill Downs, Keeneland)

Ellis Starr, also known as “Ubercapper,” has been studying horse racing and handicapping for more than 35 years. Ellis fully understands all aspects of handicapping and wagering and was one of the first of his profession to publish his selections on the Internet, becoming an immediate hit with his philosophy of “teaching people to fish” while at the same time “giving them fish.” Ellis does this by sharing his insights and the thought processes he uses in handicapping as part of the top-quality selections and analysis he creates.

Ellis also puts his money where his mouth is by regularly participating in Handicapping Tournaments, most recently finishing second out of 169 contestants in the Keeneland Handicapping Challenge. This year will be the fourth consecutive year Ellis has joined an elite group to qualify for the Keeneland Tournament of Champions and the fourth straight year he has qualified for the twinspires.com Handicapping Open Championship.

Ellis writes a weekly featured race analysis for the National Thoroughbred Racing Association and for Equibase, The Thoroughbred Industry’s Official Source for Racing Information. Ellis’ articles have been published in Horseplayer magazine in North America and in Practical Punting magazine in Australia. He appears regularly on Sam Spear’s “At the Track” weekly radio broadcast on KNBR in San Francisco and is a guest lecturer to aspiring jockeys at the North American Racing Academy. Ellis also was recently recognized as being the only public handicapper to correctly select the first, second and third-place finishers, in order, for the 2009 Belmont Stakes.

The Turf Club Analysts


The Turf Club Analysts bring you detailed computerized analysis from selected tracks across the country. In addition to commentary on the choice plays and vulnerable contenders, the Turf Club Analysts provides straight win bets, exotic wagers and a race rating. (Races are rated from one to four gold coins. Four coin races are the races to wager the most money on, while one coin races should be skipped altogether or have a smaller amount wagered on them.)

The Walker Group


The Walker Group is an automated selection service for Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse races developed by a group of experienced handicappers and data analysts with a combined 25+ years of experience. The service relies heavily on its sophisticated algorithms to interpret and analyze detailed racing information provided exclusively by TrackMaster® Plus. Typically provided are the best three value bets in the race, with supporting commentary.

Dave Litfin


Dave Litfin has been playing the races since he was 14, when he walked over to the newly-opened Off-Track Betting parlor on Manhattan's Upper West Side and cashed a $10 place ticket on 1972 Preakness runner-up No Le Hace. He has been a public handicapper since 1989, focusing primarily on the New York circuit and major stakes races nationwide, first with the New York Daily News and Metro Turf, and for more than a quarter-century with Daily Racing Form, where he also penned the weekly “Handicapper's Corner” column. He is the author of “Dave Litfin's Expert Handicapping” and “Real-Life Handicapping,” and co-authored “Champions,” “Bet With the Best,” and “Bet With the Best 2: Longshots.” He lives in Saratoga Springs, New York, with his wife Robin.

Jim Quinn

TRACKS & CIRCUITS: S. California (Hollywood, Santa Anita, Del Mar),
Gulfstream Park,
Churchill Downs, National Best Plays (Weekends).

NOTE: Jim's selections are normally available weekends only except for the Gulfstream & Del Mar meets.

Jim Quinn took a 1970 doctorate from UCLA directly to Hollywood Park, Del Mar & Santa Anita where he has been playing the game ever since. A nationally renowned expert on turf racing, handicapping and player development, Jim has authored 9 books on handicapping and currently plays the races daily in Southern California. Together with Tom Brohamer, Jim conducts a six-week course on playing the races for everyone, from beginner to expert, each summer at Del Mar.

Thoroughbred Valueline

David Johnson, PH.D in Economics

Jerry Kenley, PH.D. in Economics and Statistics


Drs. Johnson and Kenley, each with over 20 years of University Teaching experience, have developed a highly complex computer program, THE THOROUGHBRED VALUELINE.These Professors of Economics and Statistics formulated a mathmatical model which analyzes traditional as well as non-traditional handicapping factors, incorporating all of the pacelines of every horse in each race. Using their formulas, approximately two thirds of all runners are eliminated, and many winners will be found on their short list of win contenders, along with each win contender's win probability, which has been converted to a betting line. A profit making opportunity is created when the tote odds exceed the betting line.

El Grupo Hernandez


El Grupo Hernandez (exclusivamente en Español) son prognosticadores y inversionistas con 50 años de experiencia en el mundo de carreras de pura sangre. Ellos siempre hacen tres selecciones en cada carrera para ayudar a usted encontrar la apuesta con mas valor desde los tres. Ellos mantienen records de los ganadores en cada hipodromo y hacen sus selecciones individualmente con estos records.

Mark Lamberti

CIRCUITS: Arkansas (Oaklawn Park), Texas (Lone Star Park)

A native Texan, Mark has been handicapping for more than 25 years. He is extremely familiar with the Texas, Louisiana and Indiana circuits, following closely the claiming races of each circuit.

Rick Needham

CIRCUITS: New York (Aqueduct, Belmont, Saratoga), Southern California (Santa Anita, Hollywood Park, Del Mar), Florida (Gulfstream Park, Calder Race Course), Kentucky (Churchill Downs)

Rick has been known to TrackMaster® customers as "TrackMaster® Rick", providing his selections on the Internet for more than a year. Over his 40+ years of handicapping, Rick has developed a style all his own that has produced a solid win percentage. When Rick is not handicapping for TrackMaster, he can be found extolling the virtues of it at seminars that he gives in the Pennsylvania and Maryland areas.