Jim Mazur is the president of Progressive Handicapping, Inc. and as the author of several meet-specific handicapping books including The Gulfstream and Saratoga Handicappers he is regarded as the simulcast player’s “best friend.” Mazur also pens event-specific books, The Triple Crown Handicapper and Crushing The Cup, the only handicapping books written on the Triple Crown jewels and Breeders’ Cup. Progressive Handicapping also publishes several daily Internet products that integrate the historic trainer statistics into a specific racing card. Mazur specializes in historic trainer patterns and covers all the key North American meets. Mazur is a frequent guest analyst at Woodbine, Mohegan Sun Race Book and Monmouth Park. A graduate of Duke University, Mazur resides in Cooper City, Florida with wife Davia, sons Andrew and Brian.
Nancy Meyers lives in South central Pennsylvania with her husband and Corgi, “August in Saratoga” … “Augie” for short. Although an animal lover since birth, it wasn’t until she and her husband read Seabiscuit by Laura Hillenbrand and attended their first Big ‘Cap at Santa Anita in ’04 and Smarty Jones’ Preakness the same year that together they became more involved in the sport of Thoroughbred horse racing as fans and handicappers. They have attended races at most of the Mid Atlantic tracks, a Breeders’ Cup in 2005 at Belmont, Gulfstream, and Keeneland. Subscribers to The Blood-Horse, MidAtlantic Thoroughbred and former participants in some racing syndicates of claiming level horses, they have steadily increased their knowledge of the sport, its history, and the major participants both human and equine. Neal Benoit’s website has greatly aided in the educational and entertainment process.
While she and her husband have their own level of interest and style of handicapping, they have both developed a love for Saratoga beginning with their first trip in 2007. By no means an authority on Saratoga, she has offered to submit these blog posts while Neal is recovering, for those considering a first trip to the Spa or those who may have been going for years and are looking for other things to see and do. She welcomes comments and input for those reading the blog.