Friday, March 4, 2011

My bio for NHCXII

They asked each of us to do a bio before the NHC, for the press to read.
I had forgotten about it, but rediscovered it just now.
So here it is.

How did you first get into horse racing?
Saw Majestic Prince win the '69 Preakness - and I thought, this is fun! and an intellectual challenge too.
So I became a handicapper and bettor, and have enjoyed it ever since.
best finish
I finished 2nd in the April contest. No payout.
Our Associative Remote Viewing (ARV) group finished 2nd in Steve Davidowitz' first GradeOneRacing contest, winning $750.Largest payout
My biggest win was the 2006 Stephen Foster at Churchill Downs. Using no logical handicapping, I did an Associative Remote Viewing (ARV) session, and came up with Seek Gold.
I bet $30 win on him, cashing $2700 when he got up to win by a nose at 91-1. The video of Calvin Borel exulting in his win is priceless ;-) and echoed how I felt.

Interesting hobbies, experiences, past accomplishemnts etc.

I play the horses in a unique way: I combine both the logical handicapping techniques all of us are familiar with (PP data, pace and speed figs, trainer patterns, biases, spot play stats), together with intuitive tools and techniques, which include listening to my inner voice, through insights that come out of nowhere, subtle nudges to bet horses that son't really figure, and structured techniques to access intuitive data such as ARV. Combining left brain and right brain explicitly is a focus of mine.
I work with a group of people doing ARV sessions for the NHC and other contests, though I am on my own in this one.
My hobbies include playing ice hockey for the fun of it, and swing dancing lindy hop style.
I am a HANA member.
I have a Ph.D. in physics from U. Minnesota.

Mos memorable HR experience

There are many: Saratoga for the 2001 Travers and Point Given's last race, Saratoga in 1987, breakfast watching the workouts in the mist, and running into Alysheba during the stable tour; visiting Keeneland, twice, and Equibase and BRIS; attending meetings with HANA, meeting the Keeneland CEO (great guy, horseplayer advocate); visiting Del Mar for a week; having Little Current at 13-1 and Master Derby at 23-1 in successive Preaknesses; having fun with winners and losers in the Cyberspace Racing Team, Pillar Stable and Mares Tail racing partnerships in Maryland; watching Smarty Jones blow the Preakness field away with daughter Katie, watching Azeri and others win in the 2002 Breeders Cup, and hanging out with some great Derby List folks; having a wonderful time at the 2007 Handicapping Expo in Vegas, meeting with people who love this game as much as I do.