John Conte from "Horseplayers" stars in the Esquire Network reality docu-series.

From his long black hair to the gigantic magnifying glass he uses to read racing forms, John Conte is a character, through and through. In the 13-year history of the NHC, he has qualified seven times and already won once, giving him some of the most solid credentials in the handicapper community.

What makes Conte most unique, however, is not his personality. It's his approach. Instead of math, Conte goes with what — and who — he knows: Conte is on a first-name basis with many of the sport's owners, trainers and jockeys. Plus, he knows the horses, everything from their foaling dates to their form cycles to their best distances and favorite surfaces. He knows which horse is ready and which horse isn't. And he knows all of this without the help of a computer.

Top Gamblers Bet on 'Horseplayers' — Premiering Tuesday, January 21, the new Esquire series follows the lifestyles of a diverse cast of handicappers as they compete for a chance to face off in the annual National Handicapping Championship. Read more...

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