I Am Horse Racing: 'Seminar Skip'


Born and raised in Arcadia, Calif,, horseplayer "Seminar Skip," has been around racing his entire life. He began by attending with his father and his mother, affectionately called "Turf Club Patty," worked at Santa Anita Park for 30 years before retiring. As a professional handicapper, he contributes to the industry by wagering on tracks throughout the country, but always spends the bulk of his time at his homebase of Santa Anita and can be seen most race days. Dubbed "Seminar Skip" by his many friends due to his prowess in tournaments and as a member of a weekly radio show centered around his picks, he's a true lover of the horse. Also appointed the resident "Mayor of the Dungeon" for laughs, due to the fact that he'll bet in the Paddock Room late into the evening on other tracks, Skip loves the camaraderie of it all. Champion racemare "Queen" Zenyatta has always been his favorite, so much so, that he named his beloved husky the same, bequeathing the honor upon yet another four-legged friend. His love for the racetrack knows no bounds and even chose it as the location for his recent 50th Birthday celebration, inviting everyone to his favorite spot. Always giving of his time and ready with a smile, meet Seminar Skip. This is his story.

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