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Horse Racing Next Gen: Racing Analyst Brian Spencer

By Natalie Voss

Brian Spencer just completed a season as a racing analyst at Fair Grounds’ winter meet. A graduate of Portland State University, Spencer has worked for Horse Player NOW, Arlington Park, Hoosier Park, and America’s Best Racing. Spencer’s focus in each endeavor has been on handicapping and new fan education.

How did you get involved in racing?

Right out of college I went to work for a cable company. I’d always been a horse racing fan, and I’d always been interested in doing what I’m doing now, because I’d always been on the handicapping and gambling side of things. Racing was a hobby. The people at Arlington Park were nice enough to throw some work my way, mostly through the fan education arena. That’s what helped me get into the game: helping people handicap races, learn what kind of bets they may or may not want to make, and maximize bankroll on a limited budget, all that kind of stuff.

One thing lead to another—I quit my job at the cable company, went full-time with HorsePlayerNow, and took a part-time job at Arlington Park just last season doing some press work and a little bit of tv analysis. I wound up at Fair Grounds when Katie Mikolay Gensler took the season off for maternity leave.

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