MEET NOEL MICHAELS
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 www.DRF.com 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||$89.00||Breeders' Cup Classic 2002 |
|Lemon Drop Kid||$61.50||Belmont Stakes 1999|
|Wilko||$58.60||Breeders' Cup Juvenile 2004|
|Better Talk Now||$57.80||Breeders' Cup Turf 2004|
|Action This Day||$55.60 ||Breeders' Cup Juvenile 2003|
|Thunder Gulch||$51.00||Kentucky Derby 1995|
|Lil E. Tee||$35.60||Kentucky Derby 1992|
|Monarchos||$23.00||Kentucky Derby 2001|
|Louis Quatorze||$19.00||Preakness 1996|
- 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)
- Known for finding value
- Known for turf handicapping prowess