Hi Folks And Thanks For Reading My Bleacher Report Profile. My name is Matt Schilling and I was born and raised in Broad Channel, NY, (better known as the small little island located in the middle of Jamaica Bay). My story begins on September 5th 1982 when I was brought into this world by my wonderful mother Karen. By the age of 4 I was going to regular Wednesday afternoon sessions at Aqueduct Racetrack with my great-grandfather (shhhhhh! The rest of the family always thought he was taking me to the park to play on the swings) and learning the fundamentals behind the 'Love/Hate' relationship most handicappers have with the jockeys, trainers, owners and most of the horses that would be featured on the days racing card.
Throughout my elementary school years I would develop an uncanny love for mathematics and the ability to solve multifaceted equations in under seven seconds. I would go on to represent St. Virgilius in all three divisions of the Brooklyn Diocese Math Bee multiple times over the course of my elementary school career.
I wouldn't return to the track on a regular basis until I was 25,when I began joining one of my life long friends, Brian, for scrumptious chicken parm sandwiches and delicious iced cold pints of Bud Light while cursing whatever jockey it was that allowed a 30-1 bomb to beat our second choice in the Exacta or Daily Double we had just spent our last $10 playing.
Two years later, and at the ripe age of 27, I was bartending at both Aqueduct and Belmont on a regular basis and using a portion of my tip money to bet the late double and see how many of the thousands of racing tips I'd receive throughout the day actually payoff (trust me when I tell you by 4pm every horse in both races were covered about four times over).
Today, and almost five full years since I've been back to the track on a regular basis, I consider myself one of the brightest students of the handicapping game and look to make a break for the big time in the very near future. I study the numbers with a fine tooth comb and set my limits, because all good 'cappers know that when it comes to horse racing we all need a break sometimes.