Peter Thomas Fornatale

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Format: 2015-07-04
Fri Jul 3
2015
Peter Thomas Fornatale
Categories: Handicapping Columns, Midnight in Ocala
Roger Cettina has been having a huge year. He currently sits sixth on the National Handicapping Championship standings, and he's only that low because one of the contests he won outright online didn't include tour points as only one NHC seat was awarded that day. Don't feel bad for him though: He also got a Breeders' Cup Betting Challenge seat.
Fri Jul 3
2015
Peter Thomas Fornatale
Categories: Handicapping Columns
On many Sundays, online handicapping contests are a great way to spice up solid but average cards of racing. On this Sunday, July 5, the high qualifty of racing might be the reason you want to play in a contest in the first place. The contest sequence for both NHCQualify.com and DRFQualify.com features a fantastic slate including nine stakes, six of them graded, highlighted by Gulfstream's Summit of Speed races and the Grade 1 United Nations from Monmouth. As always, free DRF Classic past performances for all contest races are available on the contest sites.
Fri Jul 3
2015
Peter Thomas Fornatale
Categories: Handicapping Columns, DRF/NTRA National Handicapping Championship
Entries are open for Saturday’s one-day BCQualify.com Fourth of July contest. Players will compete for up to three $10,000 seats to the Breeders’ Cup Betting Challenge. Two seats are guaranteed to be on offer. The buy-in is $330, and qualifiers also will receive a $500 travel voucher. BCQualify.com is the exclusive online qualifying site for the BCBC.
Tue Jun 30
2015
Peter Thomas Fornatale
Categories: Opinion Columns, DRF/NTRA National Handicapping Championship
Chess grandmaster José Capablanca said it best: "To improve at chess, you should in the first instance study the endgame.” The same lesson can be applied to handicapping-contest play. The endgame in tournaments is where contest play most clearly is separated from everyday play. In mythical-money tournaments, in one sense, you have a wider range of horses to consider because favorites come back into play, and in another sense, the choice of which horse to play now may become obvious because you can only play the ones with the right odds.
Mon Jun 29
2015
Peter Thomas Fornatale
Categories: Opinion Columns
Phil Bongiovanni, 42, has won the two-day Santa Anita Gold Cup Betting Challenge. In addition to his $12,961.40 bankroll, Bongiovanni gets $25,000 in cash plus seats to both the National Handicapping Championship and the Breeders' Cup Betting Challenge for a total haul worth more than $50,000. Bongiovanni, who lives in Yorba Linda, Calif., is the co-owner of Gulliver Racing, who ran Motown Men in yesterday's Santa Anita Gold Cup. "I wanted to play in the contest because it was closing weekend and I thought it would fun," Bongiovanni said.