Peter Thomas Fornatale

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Fri Apr 17
2015
Peter Thomas Fornatale
Categories: Opinion Columns
Mike Mitchell, who died Tuesday at age 66, was one of the most accomplished trainers in horse-racing history, and he also had a connection to the handicapping-contest world. When John Doyle won $500,000 at the 2011 National Handicapping Championship, he thanked the horse who helped him, Dapper Gene, and the man who conditioned him, Mitchell. Doyle selected Dapper Gene largely because of Mitchell’s proficiency with moving horses up off the claim. “I have to buy that guy a drink the next time I see him,” Doyle said at the time.
Fri Apr 17
2015
Peter Thomas Fornatale
Categories: Opinion Columns, DRF/NTRA National Handicapping Championship
On Sunday, there is a low-takeout credit-builder contest on BCQualify.com. It’s a good value opportunity, whether you are a new player looking to dip a toe into tournament waters or an experienced player looking to fund the next few months of contest play.
Thu Apr 16
2015
Peter Thomas Fornatale
Categories: Opinion Columns
There is plenty of activity in the DRF contest universe this weekend, with a pair of contests each Saturday and Sunday. The National Handicapping Championship Tour returns to NHCQualify.com on Saturday with a $165 buy-in contest that will send up to five players to the NHC finals, to be held in January at Treasure Island in Las Vegas.
Wed Apr 15
2015
Peter Thomas Fornatale
Categories: Handicapping
If there were a Mount Rushmore of American horseplayers, Mike Maloney’s face would be on it. Maloney is a professional player, but he also likes to dip a toe into the contest world from time to time. This past weekend, he finished in the top 10 at the Keeneland contest, winning a $2,500 entry fee into the Breeders’ Cup Betting Challenge. Why would a guy who bets at the professional level still want to spend the mental bandwidth to compete in contests? For Maloney, the answer is simple.
Tue Apr 14
2015
Peter Thomas Fornatale
Categories: Handicapping Columns
Just call him the comeback kid. Twice in the past six months, Paul Weizer, a 49-year old provost at a university in Massachusetts, has been down to the nub of his bankroll and ended up with a major score in a handicapping contest. Weizer was no stranger to contest success before his recent run. He won the Wynn contest in 2009 for $60,000 and has had numerous collections throughout the years, including an outright win at Hawthorne. But there’s no doubt he has stepped up his game of late.