Eddie The Hat began his handicapping career with the horses, picnicking from the infield at Santa Anita each Sunday afternoon with family and friends in the mid-1970’s while attending junior high school. He could often be seen carrying a Racing Form in his back pocket to classes and reading the “sheets” at lunch time.
While wagering $2 show bets through his family, he graduated to win and place wagers and then dabbled in $5 exacta boxes while mentored by an old family friend, “Rickus.” Two-dollar daily double plays were also a popular wager for him.
“I guess you could say I was bitten by the bug at an early age,” The Hat says. “My father and older brother fanned the flame too and we always had some sort of action each racing day, either through early bird or sneaking out to the track during the day to catch the nightcap. Had I put as much time and effort into my school work as I did reading the Racing Form, I may be on the Supreme Court bench now.”
His love and respect never wavered as he honed his handicapping skills through high school and college. His first professional handicapping job came horses for a newspaper publication and he hasn’t slowed down since.
“The Hat,” as he’s known to his friends and colleagues, prides himself on being an “old school” handicapper that finds value plays through watching video and “pace and trip handicapping.”
“Too many people try to hit home runs and get way too distracted in today’s market,” The Hat said. “There are too many exotic wagers today and that is why people may be able to pick a winner or two, they can still walk away losing money. I’d prefer to hit a simple win and place wager, or daily double and walk away with making a moderate score. Sure it would be nice to hit the Pick 6 and make a $100k but how likely is that to the average $2 player? What is wrong with the average player making $200 or $300 and coming home a winner. That to me is much more achievable.”