06/24/2014 12:10PM

DRF's Matt Bernier to conduct Pleasanton seminars


The Daily Racing Form’s Matt Bernier admitted, “I never thought in a million years I’d be saying, ‘I’m going to Pleasanton this weekend.’ ”

But he is and will appear at this weekend’s handicapping seminars at the Oak Tree at Pleasanton meeting. The free seminars are held at 11:30 a.m. daily in front of the paddock.

Bernier was one of the stars of the reality TV show “Horseplayers,” which followed a group of handicappers trying to qualify for the National Handicapping Championship in Las Vegas. Bernier, now 24, was the youngest of the handicappers.

Bernier hoped to parlay his appearance on “Horseplayers” into a job in the racing industry and is now working for DRF as a player-development handicapper.

“I thought about training, but it’s tough to come from the outside and do that,” he said. “I want to stay in racing and thought about what got me there – handicapping. This is just the tip of the iceberg. There are more things I can do like this. I love being in a live format.

“I try to go through major players and give the public ideas. I give out reasons for this horse, this horse, and this horse. I want people in the audience to ask, ‘Are you seeing something I didn’t see?’ and maybe take another look at the race.”

sjm80s . More than 1 year ago
Still trying to figure what he has done to warrant any respect handicapping.
totya kokeya More than 1 year ago
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sjm80s . More than 1 year ago
I hope the house burns down and her insurance was past due.
ken n More than 1 year ago
Blind leading the blind.
mikey More than 1 year ago
Happy to see him working.He might not have to ask his mother/ grandmother for money to enter tourneys.Give the kid a break we need new player's.Better than the phonies slapping their news papers.
Ron DeNorscio More than 1 year ago
Will the Horse players show be on for a second season?
Frank Reach More than 1 year ago
Is DRF going to hire Stevie Wonder to teach color home decorations next. What a joke. This kid has no clue what's he's doing. At least find someone who has a couple decades of playing the horses under his belt.
sjm80s . More than 1 year ago
I don't think he is proven at all but I also don't believe that just because a person plays for years that he/she is a successful handicapper. I've been playing 6 years and I'm confident I could teach him a thing or two.
Matt Banchero More than 1 year ago
I'd handicap circles around this guy....may just drive to p-town to prove it this weekend!
Matt Banchero More than 1 year ago
also for the Gumbo contest on Sunday! AMAZING! 100 degree heat is no bueno though....