About us

Ciaran Thornton, the head handicapper at California Pick 4, grew up in Ireland and at a young age, thanks to his dad’s guidance, learned the art of horse handicapping. Ciaran is currently ranked in the top 10 of the NHC Handicappers Tour and as high as #3 and is already qualified for the national finals to be held in Las Vegas in March 2024. 

Honing his skills over the years at Santa Anita and then Del Mar, Ciaran has now focused his attention on the daily Pick 4 and Pick 5 bets at Southern California racetracks with an emphasis on long-shot and value plays.

It takes a knowledgeable, talented and of course lucky horse handicapper to rise to the challenge and find winners. That’s where we come in! Ciaran has hosted the Newcomers Seminar at the Del Mar Race Track every Friday and Sunday during the Summer and Fall meets and was also a contributor to the Los Angeles Times Daily Horse Racing Newsletter, and to the Del Mar and Santa Anita Handicapping websites.  Ciaran has also written the Del Mar value play for the Union Tribune Sports page and has been a frequent TV guest.