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Format: 2014-09-02
Thu Aug 28
2014
Peter Thomas Fornatale
Eric Boyd, a 46 year-old farrier from the mountains of Fort Davis, Texas, is new to the contest world. He played in his first paid event – a credit-builder on NHCQualify.com this year, and two weeks ago he finished first in a credit-builder and won $2,450. “I’m a garden-variety racetrack degenerate just like everybody else,” he said. “I wanted to take a shot to build some credits up and be able to compete in [NHCQualify] tournaments without shelling out $165.”
Wed Aug 27
2014
Peter Thomas Fornatale
Categories: Opinion Columns
Ron Rippey won the 2006 National Handicapping Championship. Credit: Horsephotos/NTRA Ron Rippey, a beloved figure in the world of handicapping and the 2006 National Handicapping Championship winner, died Tuesday at the University of Pennsylvania medical center due to complications from hepatitis C. He was 70.
Tue Aug 26
2014
Peter Thomas Fornatale
Categories: Opinion Columns
This week’s question came in via Twitter, where you can follow me via @loomsboldly, from @Thorobros. Dear Pete: I’m playing in the NYRA low-roller contest for the first time. Any advice? @Thorobros Dear @Thorobros:
Mon Aug 25
2014
Peter Thomas Fornatale
Categories: Handicapping Columns
Eric Boyd of Fort Davis, Tex., is on a roll. Last weekend, he put up $50 and won the NHCQualify.com credit contest. This Saturday, he took $165 of his winnings and bought an entry on NHCQualify.com and won a seat at the National Handicapping Championship in Las Vegas. This January, he’ll try to parlay his initial $50 investment into the $750,000 first place prize out in the desert.
Fri Aug 22
2014
Peter Thomas Fornatale
Categories: Opinion Columns
William Shurman has one of the best résumés of any contest player out there. He’s qualified for the National Handicapping Championship 12 times and just won a $10,000 bonus for being one of the top five finishers in the first half of the 2014 NHC Tour. Today, he shares his thoughts on a handful of races on Saturday’s Travers card and explains how he will be approaching them from a contest perspective. Saratoga 4: six furlongs, dirt, maiden special weight