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Contest champion, featured handicapper and seminar host at Daily Racing Form and Nassau (NY) OTB,  Author: Winning Angles A to Z, Director of Player Development at Nassau (NY) OTB NOEL MICHAELS - A new voice in handicapping; a new level of winning.

A new voice in handicapping - A new level of winning


  • The county's most well-known handicapping tournament player
  • Currently the handicapper for the country's premier OTB race book, the Race Palace
  • Director of player development for Nassau County (NY) OTB and the Race Palace
  • Handicapper for Daily Racing Form for 12 years
    • Youngest full-time handicapper ever hired by DRF
    • Handicapping analysis for several circuits
      (NY, So Calif, No Calif, Fla, Chicago)
    • Nat'l Stakes Handicapper at online.
    • Wrote the "A Closer Look" handicapping columns
    • The world's leading expert on handicapping contests and writing the bible on the subject "The Handicapping Contest Handbook (DRF Press)
  • Managing Editor of American Turf Monthly magazine (1996-98)
  • Contributor for The Horseplayer Magazine, and American Turf Monthly (ongoing)
  • Frequent annual guest at Siro's handicapping seminars at Saratoga
  • University of Arizona Race Track Industry Program graduate

Television and radio credits
(regular host or guest on the shows and networks below)

  • Current weekly TV show:
    Racing Forum with Noel Michaels
    (Long Island Cablevision)
  • TVG Network
  • HRTV Network
  • TRN, The Racing Network
  • Daily Racing Form News Desk
  • New York City OTB Extra
  • Horsin' Around TV (Chicago)
  • NYRA's Talkin' Horses
  • Saratoga Paddock Club
  • WAVE TV 3, NBC Louisville
  • KOLO TV 8, ABC Reno
  • Race Day Las Vegas w/ Ralph Siraco


  • Dave Johnson (Celebrity race caller) "Noel Michaels has done a great service to serious and casual horseplayers alike."
  • Bob Neumeier (NBC Sports commentator) "Provides excellent insight."
  • Chet Coppock (syndicated sports radio host) "Excellent handicapper. Great."
  • John Conte (Grass is greener handicapper) "Noel is a class act and a gentleman."
  • Roger Sutton (jockey agent for Mike Smith) "I call Noel the Doctor of Handicapping, because he's always on call. Racing is his job 24 hours a day, seven days a week."
  • John Avello (Las Vegas oddsmaker) "Personality, integrity and an acute mind are just a few of the many attributes of Noel Michaels. My dealings with Noel involving race and sports have been positive and successful and I wouldn't hesitate to use his services again."
  • Chris Eggers (Race and Sports Director, Bally's-Las Vegas) "Noel is a respected figure in the industry, and a very successful handicapper."
  • Bill Nader  (Senior VP, Chief Operating Officer  The New York Racing Association Inc.) "I have known Noel Michaels for a decade and know him to be an astute and informed handicapper and a person of high character and integrity. I would strongly recommend his services."
  • Ron Rippey (2006 NTRA/DRF National Handicapping Champion) "Noel Michaels' reputation as a handicapper is unparralleled in today's winner's circle"
  • Dave Tuley (Daily Racing Form Sports and Gaming Reporter) "Noel Michaels 'bears down' and does the work."

Top documented wins as a public handicapper include

Volponi$89.00Breeders' Cup Classic 2002
Lemon Drop Kid$61.50Belmont Stakes 1999
Wilko$58.60Breeders' Cup Juvenile 2004
Better Talk Now$57.80Breeders' Cup Turf 2004
Action This Day$55.60 Breeders' Cup Juvenile 2003
Thunder Gulch$51.00Kentucky Derby 1995
Lil E. Tee$35.60Kentucky Derby 1992
Monarchos$23.00Kentucky Derby 2001
Louis Quatorze$19.00Preakness 1996
Charasmatic$18.80Preakness 1999


  • Former Daily Racing Form sports betting columnist from 1998-2005
  • College and pro football handicapper for the Daily Racing Form
    • DRF college football selections showed a positive ROI every year
    • Had a college football winning percentage over 60% in DRF from 1998-2000
  • Football handicapper for Winning Points Football handicapping writer for Sports Reporter
  • Contributing writer, Las Vegas Sports Consultants
  • Guest spots on several radio shows including:
    • Chet Coppock Show (syndicated)
    • Pappa Joe Chevalier Show (syndicated)
    • Race and Sports Radio w/ Felix Taverna (San Diego KOGO 660)

Other information

  • Known for finding value
  • Known for turf handicapping prowess

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