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The Notebook January 31, 2013

January 31, 2013


Two-Minute Lick - Jim Benes

Jim Benes of Countryside, Ill., topped a field of 455 to win the $750,000 first-place prize and an Eclipse Award as Handicapper of the Year at the 14th annual Daily Racing Form/NTRA National Handicapping Championship (NHC) Presented by Treasure Island and Sovereign Stable last Saturday.

The 50-year-old Benes, a professional horseplayer, amassed a winning score of $268.40 from 28 mythical $2 win-and-place wagers and two mythical $4 win-and-place “Best Bet” wagers over the course of the two-day, $1.5 million tournament held at Treasure Island Las Vegas. His margin of victory over runner-up Roger Cettina was just $1.20.

Name: Jim Benes

Birthplace: Berwyn, Ill.

What I do for a living: Professional handicapper

Most influential person in my career: Dad

My favorite racetrack: Hawthorne Race Course

My fantasy job: My job

What I like most about my job: I don't have to worry about other people.

Other sports/teams that I follow: Chicago Bears and Chicago Cubs

My favorite athlete of all-time: Walter Payton

Most treasured possesion/momento: My daughter

A pet peeve: Stupid people

What I am reading or have recently read: Daily Racing Form

Newspaper I read daily: Daily Racing Form

Favorite food: Breaded pork

What I drive: Toyota Camry

Favorite musician: Tim McGraw

Favorite actor: Adam Sandler

Best racetrack food: Corned beef at Oaklawn Park

Accomplishment I am most proud of: My daughter

My philosophy on life: Be happy since you never know when your last day is.

Favorite animal other than a horse: Dogs

Favorite non-horse racing sporting event that I have attended: Seeing the Cubs in the playoffs

What living person do you most admire: My daughter

Twitter handle: I don't have Twitter

No. 1 Bucket List item: I wish I had a bucket list.

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