Horse-Gambling Frenchman Parlays System Into Best U.S. Forecasts


French economist Christophe Barraud traces his passion for forecasting to his teenage years, when he and his father bet on horses at tracks around Nice. At a 2002 race, they wagered 100 euros on a winning pair of horses -- the short-odds darling and a long-odds entrant -- and doubled their money, mostly from the latter’s second-place finish. The payoff spurred Barraud, then 16, to dabble with rudimentary computer models to pick the most-profitable bets in sports.

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