06/20/2013 12:18PM

National Handicapping Championship to be featured on Esquire Network show


The Esquire Network, a television network set to launch in September, plans to broadcast a program tracking handicappers as they seek spots in the 2014 National Handicapping Championship, the administrator of the tournament announced on Thursday.

The program, which will be called “Horseplayers,” is being produced by Go Go Luckey, the company that produced the “Jockeys” reality series that aired on Animal Planet for two seasons in 2009. According to the National Thoroughbred Racing Association, the company began collecting racing footage at the start of the Triple Crown and will begin shooting at handicapping tournaments with an event this weekend at Belmont Park.

Esquire Network is branded around the men’s magazine of the same name. According to its website, the channel is expected to launch on Sept. 23. The website says that “Horseplayers” “takes place in the high-stakes world of professional horse race handicapping, where the only thing bigger than the bets are the characters placing them.”

Daily Racing Form is a co-sponsor of the National Handicapping Championship.