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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. However, we have received thousands of requests from people for TrackMaster® to come up with a way to help you interpret the data. So, after much work and investment on our part, we came up with the solution, The Winner's Circle.

The Winner's Circle covers the major tracks around the country. A brief bio on each handicapper follows along with the circuits they cover. These reports are perfect if you want selections and analysis to supplement your own handicapping, are too busy to handicap, or are getting simulcasts on unfamiliar tracks. The reports are available for free the day after the races so you can see for yourself how they did.

Steve Davidowitz
CIRCUITS: Weekend Best Bets Report

Steve Davidowitz is the author of "Betting Thoroughbreds", the richly detailed and highly acclaimed 1977 book that was revised in 1995. Steve travels the country speaking about racing, and writes for many newspapers and periodicals, as well as produces an exclusive FREE monthly column for the TrackMaster web site discussing handicapping and the issues of the day.

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.

Michael Nunamaker

Michael is the author of 14 books on computers and handicapping, the most notable being Modern Impact Values. Michael's forte is supplying an odds line-based report which is extremely accurate.

Jim Quinn
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.

Ellis Starr
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 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.

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.

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.