Racing & Wagering

Visiting Expert Series Returns to Arlington Park

| Churchill Downs Communications | 05/13/2009 #

Arlington Park, in cooperation with The Daily Racing Form's DRF Press, will be offering a series of visiting handicapping experts who will be on hand for interviews, handicapping seminars, and book signings throughout the 2009 meet.

"We are re-instituting the Visiting Expert Series which we introduced in Arlington's industry-leading Handicappers' Information Center in 1983," explained Professor M. Scott McMannis, host of Arlington's Thoroughbred handicapping contests and seminars. "Back then, we brought in such luminaries and authors as Andy Beyer, Jim Quinn, Bill Quirin, William Scott, Steve Davidowitz, and more. The Visiting Expert Series was, and will be again, a meaningful expansion of Arlington's thrust to educate as well as entertain our fans. We want to make our fans better handicappers."

The first seminar will feature author Karen Johnson and is scheduled for Saturday, May 23 to coincide with the track's American 1000 Guineas Festival featuring four stakes races worth an aggregate $600,000. Johnson, author of the newly published The Training Game, will be interviewed then participate in a handicapping seminar hosted by McMannis whose graded handicap appears in the Chicago Sun-Times. Johnson will answer questions from participants and sign copies of her book, which will be available for purchase. Trivia buffs will want to know that Johnson is the daughter of the late P. G. Johnson, trainer of Volponi, winner of the Breeders' Cup Classic right here at Arlington Park in 2002. The seminar will be held at the Starting Gate Theatre on the second floor beginning at 11:45 a.m. with the autograph signing to follow immediately afterward.

On Sunday, June 28, the visiting expert will be author Bill Finley who will be autographing copies of his book Betting Synthetic Surfaces. Finley's visit coincides with Arlington's 20th anniversary celebration of the new facility. Finley will join McMannis for an 11:45 a.m. interview and handicapping seminar with the autograph session to follow.

On Saturday, August 1, handicapper and author Steve Davidowitz will be the visiting expert to promote his newly-revised edition of Betting Thoroughbreds, a must read for any handicapper. McMannis has regularly referred to Davidowitz as "one of the three authors whose work influenced me most." As with the previous two seminars, Davidowitz will participate in an interview and handicapping seminar beginning at 11:45 a.m., followed by the book signing.

The final visiting expert for the 2009 season will be author and handicapper Alan Shuback, who covers international racing for Daily Racing Form and is the author of Global Racing. Shubeck will be joining McMannis on Friday, Aug. 7, the day before the International Festival of Racing, to offer his insights into the foreign horses entered for the Arlington Million, Beverly D. and Secretariat Stakes. Start time for the interview, handicapping seminar, and book signing is 1:00 p.m.