Horse players that buy tip sheets should ask themselves a couple of questions before investing their money: 1.) What information does this handicapper have that I don’t? and 2.) Why would someone sell information if they could use it to make a profit for themselves?
As the purveyor of the tip sheet Steam, here’s my take regarding the first hypothetical question. I believe it’s fair to say that my background in Thoroughbred racing is more extensive than most. I’m a third generation horseman with over 30 years of experience in the industry. Not only have I picked winners for the public as a professional handicapper for Daily Racing Form, but also as a racing analyst for Churchill Downs, Inc. Furthermore, I was an assistant to Hall-of-Fame conditioner Bill Mott and have saddled winners as head trainer of my own racing stable at every racetrack in the Commonwealth of Kentucky and beyond. That is what I bring to the table when I dissect a card.
As far as the second aforementioned hypothetical—I’m not a greedy person. If the customer cashes a ticket, and I cash a ticket, it’s all good, right? Additionally, for putting the handicapping time in, I get the sale and bragging rights!
Available for $3, Steam will not only provide full card, annotated picks, but also the value-added content Live Longshots and Best Bets, plus a multi-race exotic recommendation.
Handicapping horse races is a labor-intensive task that I find enjoyable, challenging, and, at times, very profitable. For a minimal risk-versus-reward investment, I’ll take the guesswork and intimidation out of handicapping in order to give you a clear picture of how the action will unfold.
In 2021, I gave out 656 winners from 2,200 races on a circuit that encompasses Gulfstream Park, Keeneland, Churchill Downs, Ellis Park, and Kentucky Downs in addition to the Triple Crown and Breeders’ Cup races—both stand-alone series—for a cumulative top-pick win percentage of 30 percent, an in the money strike rate of 62 percent, and a return on investment of $1.64 for each $2 wagered on its top picks for the year.