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Bob Selvin to Jeff Siegel to Michael Goodman to Steve McDonald

The History of Handicapper's Report

by Michael Goodman

In 1975, Bob Selvin created Handicapper's Report, which was the very first company to independently clock morning workouts of thoroughbreds training to race at Southern California racetracks (Santa Anita, Hollywood Park, and Del Mar). The workout descriptions (now known as the Clocker's Report) were provided by the head clocker of the local racing associations and the publication was mailed out twice each week. Handicapper's Report also included a Fit & Ready List of the best-working horses each week.

Some time later, Bob brought in Jeff Siegel, then a regionally-known newspaper handicapper, and the product selection grew to include the "White Sheets", which had high-quality Performance Ratings and analysis of each race. The White Sheets are now known as the Trip Notes Reports and there is also a Horses To Watch List produced each week of 10 horses that should be followed.

Japhet Ward was then hired to take over the duties as the morning clocker and did an incredible job for many years. In December of 1993, Bob Selvin sold or turned over his interest in Handicapper's Report to Jeff Siegel, who hired me as the Customer Service Director. I had been working at the Team Valor Racing Stable, helping to syndicate horses for race partnerships.

Over the years, the race analysis in the White Sheets/Trip Notes have been done by Jeff Siegel, Brad Free of the Daily Racing Form, Bob Ike (another local newspaper handicapper), Aaron Hesz (a local handicapper and radio show co-host), and myself, with brief stints by others. A second clocker, Andy Harrington, was brought in by Jeff Siegel in 1994.

In December of 1997, Jeff Siegel sold Handicapper's Report to me and I ran the business for four years before turning it over to Steve McDonald and his partners, who have operated the business since December of 2001. During my years at the helm, I let Andy Harrington go as the second clocker, hired John Wilson, and finally let him go.

For more than 35 years now, Handicapper's Report has provided timely and reliable information for handicappers looking for an edge to beat the races. The product lineup hasn't changed much, although we have from time to time offered workout information for other tracks when we can find a clocker that meets our standards (Gulfstream Park, Calder, Belmont Park, Saratoga, Churchill Downs, Keeneland, Oaklawn Park, and Lone Star Park).

Over the years, we've received glowing endorsements from the "Phillips Racing Newsletter" (PRN), Barry Meadow in "Meadow's Racing Monthly", and Andy Beyer in "The Washington Post"; and our list of subscribers has included Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert, super-star jockey agent Ron Anderson (Gary Stevens, Chris Antley, Jerry Bailey, Garret Gomez), many owners of racehorses including Samantha Siegel of Jay Em Ess Stable, plus hundreds of handicappers and bettors.


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