Del Mar Handicappers

Brad Free DRF

Brad Free is based in Southern California covering Del Mar. He joined Daily Racing Form in 1992 and is the author of "Handicapping 101: Finding the Right Horses and Making the Right Bets." Follow him on Twitter @BradFree1

Frank Scatoni

Frank R. Scatoni, the former editor of "The HorsePlayer Magazine" and co-author of "Six Secrets of Successful Bettors," is the daily host of the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club's Newcomers' Seminar and Sunday's Handicapping Seminar. He is a frequent contributor to many leading industry websites, with a special focus on Southern California racing and multi-race wagering. Follow him on Twitter @ScatoniSureShot


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Horse Racing Nation

Horse Racing Nation is the premier, interactive horse racing community site dedicated to passionate horse racing fans across the globe. Our handicapping staff features professional analysts including Jarrod Horak, Scott Shapiro and Mike Shutty. Our handicapping team’s focus is to educate and inform you by providing expert analysis, creative wagering strategies and successful outcomes.

Today's Racing Digest

Proven with over 40 years of experience and over 20 million issues sold, Today's Racing Digest products and data are easy enough to be used by the first time race-goers but sophisticated enough for the professional handicapper. Through a combination of our extensive database utilizing sophisticated algorithms and our team of expert analysts, on track observers and handicappers, we enhance traditional handicapping information to make it more useful and relevant to today's race.

California Pick4

Ciaran Thornton learned the art of horse handicapping at a young age thanks to his dad's guidance in Ireland. Honing his skills over the years at Del Mar and Santa Anita, Ciaran has now focused his attention on the daily Pick 4 and Pick 5 bets at Southern California racetracks with an emphasis on value plays. He hosts the Newcomers Seminar on Friday’s and Sunday’s at Del Mar. Ciaran also provides the daily Del Mar value play for the Union Tribune Sports Page and is also a contributor to the Los Angeles Times newsletter.

Track Phantom

Dave Valento has been providing thoroughbred analysis publicly since 1998. was created in 2012 with an emphasis on Southern California racing.

His primary focus is to identify difficult-to-find handicapping angles related to troubled trips, bloodlines, and trainer trends.

Creating Capital

For many years, C. C. Rogers, the primary handicapping for Creating Capital, has been a daily handicapper at Del Mar. He has appeared as a guest analyst for both ESPN Radio and TVG. C. C. identifies longshots (5-to-1 or higher) and he utilizes a unique "weighted ladder" wagering strategy to maximize profits. 

Deuce Bruce

DeuceBruce Gold Card has provided on track selections at Del Mar since 1988. The father and son team focus on longshot winners.

Jeff Nahill

Sports writer Jeff Nahill provides selection each racing day through his blog. Nahill has covered Del Mar racing since 1987 for various daily newspapers, including the North County Times and the San Diego Union-Tribune.

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