Brad Free has been an established full-time member of Daily Racing Form (Southern California handicapper and columnist) for the past two decades, whose role has expanded with HRTV recently.
He is host/analyst weekly on “The Edge,” and has contributed on a wide range of other shows, including “Race Day America,” “Against the Odds,” “Pursuit of the Cup/Crown” and “First Call.”
Born in Pasadena, Free graduated from Arcadia High School in 1976. He attended college at Pasadena City College and California State University Los Angeles.
Free was hired by the Pasadena Star-News in 1985, and in 1986 became the Star News’ lead turf writer and handicapper. He was hired by The National in 1989, moved to The Racing Times in 1991, and was hired by DRF in 1993.
Consistently among the top handicappers in California, Free maintains a wide range of responsibilities for DRF. Those include providing a daily handicapping analysis, in addition to writing news stories, opinion pieces and features.
Free has been the leading newspaper handicapper multiple times in Southern California; he is a frequent radio-show guest and compiled an outstanding record in the Kentucky Derby. His published Derby selections include Unbridled (1990), Go For Gin (1994), Fusaichi Pegasus (2000), Big Brown (2008), I’ll Have Another (2012) and Orb (2013). Free regularly hosts handicapping seminars, he is a racetrack morning-line maker and provides DRF odds lines for Breeders’ Cup.
Free also is author of the acclaimed handicapping book, “Handicapping 101.”
Prior to joining HRTV’s freelance staff, Free hosted televised programs including Santa Anita-affiliated “Inside Post” and handicapping vignettes “Additional Advantage.”
Free has been married since 1982 to Maureen, a registered nurse and elementary schoolteacher. They have three children.