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Michael Kipness ‘The Wizard’

Ever since I was a little kid back in the mid 60’s, every Saturday my dad would take me, my brother and a bunch of his cronies to either Aqueduct, Belmont or Saratoga. I loved handicapping the races and was enamored by the colorful characters that circulated around the racetrack. After the day’s races, I would pick up the popular tip sheets-Clocker Lawton, NY Handicap and Jacks Green Card to see how they did. It wasn’t too difficult to find these sheets littered amongst the many losing tickets on the grandstand floor. I only imagined how much money these tipsters made for just giving the names of horses in the order they liked them with a couple word comments like ‘Working Well’, “Hot Trainer”, “Spotted for the Win”. Many were the betting favorites. After analyzing their work for several years, I began to imagine what it would be like if there was a selection sheet that picked a lot of winners, including longshots, and provided well written analysis on why you liked that particular horse. In 1986 I began my lifelong dream of creating such a product. I called my selection sheet The Wizard!

My process in the beginning was to handicap the next day’s card, type the sheet, print copies on my kitchen table, then drive around New York City in the wee hours of the morning to distribute it to newsstands close to the Off-Track Betting Parlors.  

Times have changed; technology has advanced. Race cards are available 48-72 hours in advance. Through the internet, my products are available worldwide. But one thing has not changed; the Wizard continues to set the standard for handicapping selections and wagering guides.

The Wizard has expanded the business over the years. I am able to include more tracks and new products. I have also focused on fan education, which I believe will not only help the casual horse racing fan and the experienced bettor, but also help the game by expanding the fan base.

The Wizard has created products which address wagering strategies and ticket construction. I include more difficult strategies like exactas, trifectas, dime superfectas, and the wide array of multi-race wagers such as Pick 3’s, 4’s 5’s and the occasional Pick 6 play. Every product is intended to help readers not only have their best chance to make a profit that day, but to become better handicappers and players on their own, so they are successful over time.

The Wagering Strategies product, for example, provides suggested wagers for each race, and is updated after late scratches, 30-60 minutes before first post. Players not only receive my wagers for each race, but how I adjust those strategies based on the latest information, which includes scratches, weather and track conditions.


“Every Issue is a Handicapping Lesson”

Designed to help the casual horseplayer as well as the serious fan. I take into consideration the following factors before making my selections and detailed analysis:

1-Track Conditions
2-Trainer angles (their strengths & weaknesses)
3-My own trip notes including pace analysis and daily track biases.
4-Pedigree analysis
5-Valuable information obtained from certain trainers and owners whom I have relationships with.
6-The ability to handicap any race, plotting out how that race is expected to be run from start-to-finish.

Wizard Race and Sports

Wizard Race and Sports officially launched in 2020 as a horse handicapping company, but it became clear early that our move into other sports had to happen fast. Michael and a small team decided to start bringing onboard experienced and proven handicappers. Beginning with NFL and then expanding to more sports, that has turned into the Wizard Race and Sports you see today. Michael chose a good friend, Dr. Alan, as his featured sports handicapper. There is no one better and no one works harder at providing the absolute best sports selections than Dr. Alan.

Top-tier selections for horse racing and sports alongside multiple products for both the novice and expert – that is Wizard Race & Sports.

Our Mission

Wizard Race and Sports has one mission: to provide the best handicapping products for the novice and experienced players. We believe that everyone should have access to great handicapping products with integrity from real industry experts with decades of experience in their industry who wager on the selections they sell.

Want to Learn More?

Wizard Race and Sports was created for both the novice and professional handicappers, with tools and resources to help you cash more winning tickets. Have more questions? Visit our Frequently Asked Questions Section. Want to get started with our products? Visits our Horse Products and NFL Products today!



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