Horseplayers Brings Handicapping To Reality TV

How do you handicap a horse race? It depends on whom you ask.

In Esquire TV’s new reality series Horseplayers, viewers will see both traditional and unorthodox approaches to wagering as cameras follow seven men trying to qualify for the National Handicapping Tournament, held next week in Las Vegas.

Team Rotondo will show viewers the tried-and-true. Peter Rotondo Jr., the Breeders’ Cup vice-president of media and entertainment, and his father, a former public handicapper (the Staten Island native was also the straight guy in a 2006 episode of Queer Eye), break down for viewers the intricacies of past performances in the Daily Racing Form and talk to one of the nation’s leading jockeys, John Velazquez, about the differences between dirt and turf racing.

“I do something called muscle testing,” he said by phone from his California home recently. “It’s applied kinesiology. I want to know what my body thinks.”

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