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Wagering
Handicapping
Since 1987, the Wizard has provided his selections, in-depth race analysis and wagering strategies to horseplayers of all skill levels, making his selection sheets helpful to both the beginner and the seasoned pro. Find out more about the Wizard and his 10 rules to winning.

Full Card Selections + Betting Window Combo

    • Selections, analysis & wagers for each race
    • Exactas, Trifectas, Pick 3's, 4's and more
    • Crystal Ball Best Bets
    • Wagers updated (indicated by *) after late scratches 30-60 minutes before first post.
    • Choose updated notification method by using link below
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    Sold separately $40
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    ONLY $30!
  • Track Dates
    Del Mar 05
    Saratoga 05 , 04*

Full Card Selections


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  • Selections for all races
  • Comprehensive information on every horse selected
  • Crystal Ball Best Bets
  • Wagers and updates NOT included
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Each Card just $20
Track Dates
Del Mar 05
Saratoga 05 , 04

Betting Window


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  • Selections & wagers for each race
  • Exactas, Trifectas, Pick 3's, 4's and more
  • Crystal Ball Best Bets
  • Wagers updated (indicated by *) after late scratches 30-60 minutes before first post.
  • Choose updated notification method by using link below
Each Card just $20
Track Dates
Del Mar 05
Saratoga 05 , 04*

Simulcast Best Bets


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  • Combines the Pick of the Day and Crystal Ball Best Bets from each of my daily sheets.
  • Wagers included for ALL plays.
  • Pick 3's, Pick 4's, Pick 5', Pick 6's will be provided whenever I feel the right opportunity presents itself.
  • Pick of the Day with wagers is included FREE OF CHARGE!
Each Card just $15
Race Date
Thu, 08/05/2021

Pick of the Day


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  • The Wizard's best play from a major track.
  • In-depth analysis & wagers on the Pick of the Day.
  • NOTE: If the Pick of the Day is a late scratch, you will receive credit for a future play.
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Each Card just $7
Race Date - Track, Race Number
Thu, 08/05/2021- Saratoga Race 10
Follow the Wizard
* Any questions or comments can be sent to: wizard.drf@gmail.com

Ever since I was a little kid back in the mid 60's, every Saturday my dad would take me, my brother and a bunch of his cronies to either Aqueduct, Belmont or Saratoga. I loved Handicapping the races and was enamored by the colorful characters that circulated around the racetrack. After the day's races, I would pick up the popular tip sheets-Clocker Lawton, NY Handicap and Jacks Green Card to see how they did. It wasn't too difficult to find these sheets littered amongst the many losing tickets on the grandstand floor. I only imagined how much money these tipsters made for just giving the names of horses in the order they liked them with a couple word comments like 'Working Well', "Hot Trainer", "Spotted for the Win". Many were the betting favorites. After analyzing their work for several years, I began to imagine what it would be like if there was a selection sheet that picked a lot of winners, including longshots, and provided well written analysis on why you liked that particular horse. In 1986 I began my lifelong dream of creating such a product. I called my selection sheet The Wizard!

My process in the beginning was to handicap the next day's card, type the sheet, print copies on my kitchen table, then drive around New York City in the wee hours of the morning to distribute it to newsstands close to the Off-Track Betting Parlors.

Times have changed; technology has advanced. Race cards are available 48-72 hours in advance. Through the internet, my products are available worldwide. But one thing has not changed; the Wizard continues to set the standard for handicapping selections and wagering guides.

The Wizard has expanded the business over the years. I am able to include more tracks and new products. I have also focused on fan education, which I believe will not only help the casual horse racing fan and the experienced bettor, but also help the game by expanding the fan base.

The Wizard has created products which address wagering strategies and ticket construction. I include more difficult strategies like exactas, trifectas, dime superfectas, and the wide array of multi-race wagers such as Pick 3's, 4's 5's and the occasional Pick 6 play. Every product is intended to help readers not only have their best chance to make a profit that day, but to become better handicappers and players on their own, so they are successful over time.

The Wagering Strategies product, for example, provides suggested wagers for each race, and is updated after late scratches, 30-60 minutes before first post. Players not only receive my wagers for each race, but how I adjust those strategies based on the latest information, which includes scratches, weather and track conditions.

Thank you sincerely for your interest in "The Wizard".

Feel free to email me at: wizard.drf@gmail.com about anything related to thoroughbred racing, and I will respond to all inquiries as soon as possible

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EXPERT HORSE RACING SERVICES SINCE 1987

"Every Issue is a Handicapping Lesson"

Designed to help the casual horseplayer as well as the serious fan. I take into consideration the following factors before making my selections and detailed analysis:

  1. Track Conditions
  2. Trainer angles (their strengths & weaknesses)
  3. My own trip notes including pace analysis and daily track biases.
  4. Pedigree analysis
  5. Valuable information obtained from certain trainers and owners whom I have relationships with.
  6. The ability to handicap any race, plotting out how that race is expected to be run from start-to-finish.

By Michael 'The Wizard' Kipness

  • RULE 1: The amount you wager on any race should be within your comfort level.
  • RULE 2: Do not force bets. Passing a race is just as important as betting one. There is always tomorrow.
  • RULE 3: Increase the amount you wager when you are winning, decrease when you are losing.
  • RULE 4: Be flexible in your thinking. Late scratches, a track bias spotted during the day and physical appearance are just some of the factors that can change the complexion of a race and wagers.
  • RULE 5: Do not be a slave to one type of handicapping system or school of thought. Rely on your instincts!
  • RULE 6: Each race requires a different betting strategy, especially with the vast wagering opportunities.
  • RULE 7: Research quality on-line wagering sites which offer cash rebates. Playing without one puts you at a big disadvantage.
  • RULE 8: The mute button on your remote allows you to tune out racing analysts who hurt you more than help you.
  • RULE 9: Don't believe you can't make money betting favorites. Exactas, Trifectas, Pick 3's-4's and other multi-race wagers are options to just simple Win betting.
  • RULE 10: Don't listen to "inside information". Win or lose, these horses are usually way over-bet.

This unique product features two value-added enhancements to the in-depth analysis of my Full Card Selections sheet.

First, you gain access to real-time updates to the Full Card 30-60 minutes before first post, reflecting the impact of late scratches, changing track conditions, and any other information that might change our approach to the race.

Second, you receive the Betting Window, which includes suggested wagering strategies for my strongest plays on the card. I will choose wagers that I feel can help maximize profits. Beyond traditional Win, Place, and Exacta wagers, this might include Pick 3, Pick 4, Pick 5, Trifecta, and Dime Superfecta wagers, depending on the situation. (Updates to this sheet are accessible via download or e-mail).

Click on the "Manage Notifictions" link to choose the method by which you would like to receive the notifications. There are 3 ways to receive the updates.

  • E-mail with an attachment
  • E-mail that provides a link to download the updated version
  • Go to drf.com/wizard or the method you used to get to the Wizard product page. Locate the product, track and date you purchased. An asterisk (*) will denote an updated version of the early edition.

*NOTE: There are occasions that an update to the Betting Window will be made more than once before the final version is published. If you chose the E-Mail notification option, you will be notified whenever there is any change. A blue box will indicate what race or races were updated. The final addition 30-60 minutes before each post will be indicated as well by a blue box.

In-depth analysis for my top 3 or 4 selections in each race, in order of preference, as well as 3 "Crystal Ball Best Bets" to denote The Wizard's strongest plays on the card. Program numbers, morning line odds, and more useful information are included on all selection sheets.

Wizard products are unique in that they can help both the novice and experienced horse player. I take into consideration many factors and variables before making selections:

  • Track conditions
  • Track bias
  • Paddock observations
  • Analysis of trips
  • Pace & final times
  • Betting action
  • Claims & private purchases
  • Breeding
  • Trainers (strengths & weaknesses)
  • Workouts & shippers

Once you purchase the Wizard's Full Card Selections & Analysis, your confirmation page will have a link sending you to an "Access Page" for all of the Wizard's products. From there, you can choose which track and date you would like to view.

A wise race track sage once said, "Knowledge without action is worse than ignorance." When you access The Wizard's Betting Window, you will have simple and clear wagering recommendations that come from more than 40 years of The Wizard's handicapping experience. The Betting Window is your key to winning at the races. Handicapping a race is one skill; betting it properly is another. Both skills are necessary to make money at the races. The Betting Window brings both of those skills together for you.

The Betting Window, a companion to each of my Full Card Selection sheets, presents suggested wagering strategies for my strongest plays on the card. I will choose wagers that I feel can help maximize profits. Beyond traditional Win, Place, and Exacta wagers, this might include Pick 3, Pick 4, Pick 5, Trifecta, and Dime Superfecta wagers, depending on the situation. (Final updates are accessible via download or e-mail 30-60 minutes before first post).

Click on the NOTIFICATIONS button, found to the right of SEE A SAMPLE, to choose the method by which you would like to receive the notifications. There are 3 ways to receive the updates.

  • E-mail with an attachment
  • E-mail that provides a link to download the updated version
  • Go to drf.com/wizard or the method you used to get to the Wizard product page. Locate the product, track and date you purchased. An asterisk (*) will denote an updated version of the early edition.

*NOTE: There are occasions that an update to the Betting Window will be made more than once before the final version is published. If you chose the E-Mail notification option, you will be notified whenever there is any change. A blue box will indicate what race or races were updated. The final addition 30-60 minutes before each post will be indicated as well by a blue box.

Combines the Pick of the Day and Crystal Ball Best Bets from each of my daily sheets with prime Pick 3, Pick 4, Pick 5, Pick 6, Trifecta, and Superfecta wagers from tracks that I cover across the country.

Simulcast Best Bets and Prime Exotic Plays take into consideration many factors and variables before making selections:

  • Track conditions
  • Track bias
  • Paddock observations
  • Analysis of trips
  • Pace & final times
  • Betting action
  • Claims & private purchases
  • Breeding
  • Trainers (strengths & weaknesses)
  • Workouts & shippers

Once you purchase the Wizard's Simulcast Best Bets and Prime Exotic Plays, your confirmation page will have a link sending you to an "Access Page" for all of the Wizard's products. From there, you can select to view today's or tomorrow's Simulcast Best Bets Sheet.

The Wizard provides his one strongest play, including analysis, pace scenario, and wagering strategies. (Available Wednesday-Sunday) .

NOTE: In the event the Pick of the Day is scratched, you will receive a notification by e-mail that you can download a replacement for any day of your choice at NO CHARGE. In the event you do not receive the notification, please call customer service at the Daily Racing Form, or contact the wizard directly at: wizard.drf@gmail.com

E-mail me when the Wizard updates the Betting Window (Product Attached)

A .pdf will be sent directly to my inbox with the latest version of the Betting Window for the race card I purchased. This ensures I will have the latest version of the Betting Window that reflects changes on race day such as scratches, changes in weather and/or race surfaces as soon as it is available.

E-mail me when the Wizard updates the Betting Window but do NOT attach the product

A notification will be sent to my inbox alerting me that a new version of the Betting Window for the race card I purchased is available for download. The e-mail will provide a link that will allow me to download the updated .pdf when I choose to do so.

I do not wish to receive e-mail notifications

I will have to check the Wizard's website on my own to check for updated versions of the Betting Window that I purchased.

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Special racing events such as Kentucky Derby, Preakness, Belmont Stakes & Breeders' Cup necessitate a price increase for the following 3 products:
  • Full Card Selections + Betting Window Combo
  • Full Card Selections / Analysis
  • Betting Window

Reasons for the Price Increase

  • Increased number of races to handicap
  • More comprehensive analysis written on each selection
  • More research involved including reviewing video of past races for many more entrants
  • More time spent on constructing wagering strategies such as Exactas, Trifectas, Pick 4's & more
  • Proofing of my work to insure accuracy of the analysis and correct amounts & program numbers provided for each wager

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