MEET OUR HANDICAPPERS
A two-time qualifier for the National Handicapping Championship in Las Vegas
Jim is a Glasgow, Ky., native who was in his early 20s when he began attending the races at Keeneland, something that quickly became a spring and fall ritual. During his 29-year career in the Kentucky State Parks, Jim took half-day vacations to attend the races and had perfect attendance during some meets. Jim most commonly plays the 50-cent Pick 4, which offers value in attacking the takeout, and says he learned much of his handicapping from "listening to people much smarter than me." His favorite handicapping angle is seeking hidden trouble a horse might have had by watching race replays. As Director of Mutuels and Simulcasting at Keeneland, Jim oversees the Mutuels Department, Programs Department and the Green Room (for big players), and he supervises the Keeneland Select team.
A two-time winner of the Eclipse Award for radio coverage of Thoroughbred racing
Tom's introduction to racing came at age 10 when his dad took him to Keeneland to watch a neighbor's horse train. Tom educated himself as a teenager by attending a community education course taught by Mike Battaglia and by reading Andy Beyer's early books on handicapping. The exacta is Tom's play; he will key a horse with recent significant improvement and ensures the conditions are right for a repeat. A Paris, Ky. native, Tom is the "Voice of the Wildcats" for the University of Kentucky football and men's basketball teams. Follow Tom on Twitter @tomleachky and The Leach Report on Facebook.
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KATIE MIKOLAY GENSLER
Looks for a horse moving up in class after a nice performance for a high-percentage trainer
A Chicago native, Katie was in college when she was introduced to racing as an intern at Arlington Park. To learn more about the sport, she read books about handicapping, found mentors and dove into past performances (marrying a Thoroughbred trainer helped, too). As Keeneland's Paddock Analyst, Katie finds the best way to pick a horse is to evaluate the horse physically in the Paddock and/or post parade while supplementing that knowledge with past performance information. She's all in for playing a Pick 4 when she finds a good horse to single in a tough sequence and recently began competing on the tournament circuit. Throughout live race days, Katie provides insights from the Keeneland Paddock on Twitter @katiegensler and @keenelandracing.
Hit the only Pick 6 ticket at the 1999 Breeders' Cup at Gulfstream Park for $3 million.
G.D. was bitten by the racing bug in 1979 when he was literally bitten by Secretariat while he was working for WLEX in his first job in racing. Noted sports broadcaster Tom Hammond taught G.D. how to read the Daily Racing Form during that time, and he hasn't looked back. The Lexington native prefers playing trifectas (and occasional online contests in the winter), and he seeks horses running their second or third race off a layoff and consistent speed figures. As Director of Broadcast Services at Keeneland, G.D. uses his handicapping expertise to provide camera angles most pertinent to horseplayers. You can follow G.D. on Twitter @gardnerdee.