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Winter/Spring “Learn to Win" Tour & Beat the Pro Dates Announced

| Churchill Downs Communications | 03/03/2009 #

Daily Herald handicapper Joe Kristufek will be on hand "talking horses" at Trackside OTB locations as part of his fourth "Learn to Win" tour that will include a "Beat the Pro" handicapping contest element for the first time in the Winter/Spring of 2009. [asset|height=12|width=1]

Kristufek's tour of Trackside OTBs begins on Friday, Jan. 30 at Trackside McHenry, located inside Nicolino's Restaurant, 621 Ridgeview Drive in McHenry. Kristufek will be on hand from 1 p.m. until 5 p.m. to talk racing, answer questions and help fans hone their handicapping skills.

"I've enjoyed getting out to the Trackside OTBs over the last two year to share handicapping theories and ideas with fans of all levels, particularly in a casual, interactive setting," Kristufek said. "With the road to this year's Kentucky Derby underway, I'm particularly looking forward to spending time with people who love horseracing and talk about the major Derby preps. Plus, I'll have to stay on my toes, since with the ‘Beat the Pro' contests fans who can beat my win percentage will have a chance to win cash."

The "Beat the Pro" contest is for anyone who signs up and uses their Arlington Cash Card or Account Wagering Card to place a minimum of five wagers. Anyone who posts a higher return on investment (amount won divided by amount bet) than Kristufek for the day will receive a portion of the $250 prize pool.

As an added bonus to all Trackside patrons on Kristufek's seminar days, Horseplayer PRO will provide complimentary copies of their highly successful PRO Alert, a national listing of horses entered to run that day off their exclusive "watch" list.

The final stop of the Winter/Spring tour will be a special Kentucky Derby handicapping seminar to be held Thursday, Apr. 30 from 7:30 p.m. until 9:30 p.m. at Trackside Arlington Park featuring Joe Kristufek and Arlington Park television handicapper Jessica Pacheco which will explore wagering and handicapping strategies in an interactive format. There will be no "Beat the Pro" contest at the special Derby seminar.

Dates for an additional Winter/Spring OTB Tour featuring Chicago Sun-Times handicapper M. Scott McMannis will be announced in the coming weeks.

Kristufek's complete Tour schedule follows:

Date , Location & Time
Friday, Jan. 30
Trackside McHenry 1 p.m. - 5 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 31
Trackside Waukegan 1 p.m. - 5 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 14
Trackside Chicago 1 p.m. - 5 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 28
Trackside Quad City Downs 1 p.m. - 5 p.m.

Friday, March 6
Trackside Lockport 5 p.m. - 9 p.m.

Friday, March 13
Trackside Rockford 1 p.m. - 5 p.m.

Saturday, March 14
Trackside South Beloit 1 p.m. - 5 p.m.

Friday, March 20
Trackside South Elgin 1 p.m. - 5 p.m.

Saturday, March 21
Trackside Waukegan 1 p.m. - 5 p.m.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Friday, April 3
Trackside McHenry 1 p.m. - 5 p.m.

Saturday, April 4
Trackside Hodgkins 1 p.m. - 5 p.m.

Friday, April 10
Trackside Lockport 5 p.m. - 9 p.m.

Saturday, April 11
Trackside Chicago 1 p.m. - 5 p.m.

Saturday, April 17
Trackside Arlington Park 1 p.m. - 5 p.m.

* Thursday, April 30
Trackside Arlington Park 7:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
* Special Kentucky Derby handicapping seminar. No "Beat the Pro" contest associated with this Tour stop.