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Jeremy Plonk

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.

Jeremy Plonk

  • 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 25th 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 10th season in 2015 writing:

Countdown to the Crown 

Circuits & Emphasis:

  • National stakes
  • Triple Crown Trail
  • Keeneland
  • Remington Park
  • Woodbine

Keys to Handicapping Style:

  • Judging pace and trips.
  • Evaluating connections' intent.
  • Making sense of form cycles.


  • Northeastern PA

Alma Mater:

  • University of Oklahoma;
    Bachelor of Arts, Journalism

Favorite Horse:

  • Smarty Jones

Favorite Jockey:

  • Eddie Delahoussaye

Favorite Trainer:

  • Neil Howard

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DEL MAR & SARATOGA COVERAGE: Jeremy Plonk's pace analysis & best betting races in the Del Mar & Saratoga "Sidekick" included in each day's BUZZ Report, as well as horses to watch from Brian Nadeau, Jeff Nahill and Terry Turrell. Also: Caton Bredar's full-card picks each Saturday at Saratoga. Monthly and Quarterly subscribers also get free HPNOW Live text message services for updated daily handicapping hints from both tracks!

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Caton Bredar returns to the BUZZ Report on Saturday, July 11 with full-card picks for Arlington Million Preview Day. Caton will provide full-card picks for Saratoga each Saturday of the 2015 summer meet.


Jeremy Plonk's popular Keeneland "Sidekick" report will appear in the BUZZ Report each racing day for Saratoga and Del Mar this summer, outlining pace scenarios, vulnerable favorites and best betting races. Plonk's information will supplement key horses to watch from Brian Nadeau at Sar and Terry Turrell/Jeff Nahill at Dmr.

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