Peter Thomas Fornatale

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Tue Dec 16
2014
Peter Thomas Fornatale
Categories: Opinion Columns
Last week, I wrote about the importance of odds caps in handicapping contests. Today, with the help of some of the best contest players around, I want to get to the heart of the matter: How does one go about finding cap horses to play in contests? On the DRF Players’ Podcast, Matt Bernier, Mike Hogan, and I have been talking a lot about the importance of race flow. Race-flow analysis attempts to answer a simple question: How do the way the pace sets up and the way the track is playing affect the outcome of a race?
Mon Dec 15
2014
Peter Thomas Fornatale
Categories: Opinion Columns
Eight more players punched their tickets to the National Handicapping Championship in Las Vegas on NHCQualify.com this weekend. A field of 330 players signed on to play in the third-to-last NHC Tour event of the year. Overall scores were low. The winner, William Holmes, of Burlington, Ontario, ended with a score of $88.60, just 1.8 times his initial bankroll of $48, a result of the copious amounts of chalk in the sequence (a typical winner will end up with at least 2.5 times the initial bankroll).
Thu Dec 11
2014
Peter Thomas Fornatale
Categories: Handicapping Columns
On Saturday, NHCQualify.com is offering another mega-qualifier to the National Handicapping Championship. Entries cost $250 and up to 10 NHC seats will be awarded. But Saturday’s contest is significant for another reason as well – it is one of only three remaining chances for players to earn Tour points online this season.
Wed Dec 10
2014
Peter Thomas Fornatale
Categories: Opinion Columns
There is an important reason that odds caps exist in contests, and Sunday’s BCQualify.com event provides an excellent illustration. As I’ve written about this week, C.J. Johnsen cashed in all 12 races in the contest and won a trip to the Breeders’ Cup Betting Challenge at Keeneland next year. But here’s the thing: If there were no odds cap, he wouldn’t have qualified.
Tue Dec 9
2014
Peter Thomas Fornatale
Categories: Handicapping Columns
Last Sunday, C.J. Johnsen of Hendersonville, Tenn., ran the table in the BCQualify event. Inquiries have been made to many contest industry veterans and none of them can recall this happening before – Johnsen cashed in every single contest race, with nine winners and three seconds.