Betting might be math and science, but in my eyes, handicapping is purely art. Everything in every race is in the eye of the beholder. It's up to a critical eye to figure out what it means.
- Lead researcher for major networks NBC Sports and ESPN for more than a hundred national telecasts, providing unique statistics and analysis to such noted sportscasters as Bob Costas, Jack Whitaker, Charlsie Cantey, Tom Hammond, Chris Fowler, Hank Goldberg, Kenny Mayne, Randy Moss, Rece Davis, Suzy Kolber and more. Remains on the NBC Sports Triple Crown team today.
- Charted thousands of races as official chartcaller for Equibase, calling both Thoroughbred and American Quarter Horse events.
- Respected handicapping/statistical consultant to Keeneland Racecourse, Del Mar Thoroughbred Club and Oaklawn Park.
- Racing industry experience also includes stints as television handicapper for The Racing Network, England's At The Races, and Remington Park, where he also was a public handicapper. He gained mutuels management experience working for Penn National Gaming.
- Multi-year member of Churchill Downs' official Kentucky Derby Notes Team.
- In his 23rd year as a professional sports writer, having been credentialed to cover Major League Baseball, the National Basketball Association, major NCAA football and basketball and the College World Series. Has interviewed Heisman Trophy winners, Pro Football Hall of Famers, world heavyweight boxing champions and Kentucky Derby-winning trainers, jockeys and owners.
Plonk's horse racing insight was utilized in an appearance on ABC's World News With Charles Gibson on Sept. 6, 2007 during the national network newscast.
Plonk's also in his 9th season in 2014 writing:
Circuits & Emphasis:
- National stakes
- Triple Crown Trail
- Keeneland & Del Mar
- Remington Park
Keys to Handicapping Style:
- Judging pace and trips.
- Evaluating connections' intent.
- Making sense of form cycles.
- Northeastern PA
- University of Oklahoma;
Bachelor of Arts, Journalism
- Smarty Jones
- Eddie Delahoussaye
- Neil Howard