Rocket Fuel
Ultimate 48 Sweepstakes
Please provide a valid email address.
Close

The Notebook January 31, 2013

Placeholder

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.

blog comments powered by Disqus

Fan Photo of the week

Congratulations to photographer Ty Ehils on winning this week's Fan Photo contest!

From Ty: "This is my good luck charm!" Want in? E-mail a .jpg and brief caption to photos@ntra.com!

Photos of the week

Sponsors & Partners

  • FoxSports1
  • NBC Sports
  • Logo 6
  • Saratoga
  • Santa Anita
  • CBS Sports
  • Monmouth
  • Keeneland
  • Gulfstream Park
  • Del Mar
  • Belmont Park
  • Arlington Park
  • OwnerView