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  1. Horse Racing.
    1. a racetrack official or employee who assigns the weight a horse must carry in a race.
    2. a person employed, as by a newspaper, to make predictions on the outcomes of horse races.
  2. a person who determines the handicaps that will be placed on competitors.

Origin of handicapper

First recorded in 1745–55; handicap + -er1
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  1. an official appointed to assign handicaps to competitors in such sports as golf and horse racing
  2. a newspaper columnist employed to estimate the chances that horses have of winning races
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