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Format: 2014-11-23
Wed Nov 12
2014
Peter Thomas Fornatale
Categories: Opinion Columns
Two contest results over the past couple of weekends deserve a deeper look. During the Breeders’ Cup Betting Challenge, when Take Charge Brandi came in at 61-1 in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies, a sharp proponent of the live-bankroll format proudly pointed out that the result might well have skewed the results of a typical mythical-money, fixed-bankroll contest usually used online, but because the BCBC was a real-money, live-bankroll event, it did not disproportionately alter the results.
Tue Nov 11
2014
Peter Thomas Fornatale
Categories: Handicapping Columns
The Public Handicapper Challenge, a six-month marathon handicapping contest that lasts from Kentucky Oaks day through the two days of the Breeders’ Cup at publichandicapper.com, is now complete. Two contestants, Dan Camoro of Tiggard, Ore., and Traci Richards of Pembroke Pines, Fla., have won seats to the National Handicapping Championship in Las Vegas.
Mon Nov 10
2014
Peter Thomas Fornatale
Categories: Opinion Columns
After a one-week hiatus for the Breeders’ Cup, qualifying action returned to NHCQualify.com on Saturday. A full field of 325 players competed for five seats at the National Handicapping Championship, to be held at Treasure Island in Las Vegas from Jan. 23-25. The winner was Tom O’Connor, of Mableton, Ga., who finished with $149.20, 3.1 times the starting bankroll of $48.
Thu Nov 6
2014
Peter Thomas Fornatale
Categories: Opinion Columns
A few additional notes from the Breeders’ Cup Betting Challenge: As a follow-up to a piece a few weeks back about how much contest players bet, here are some handle numbers from the BCBC that illustrate why racetracks are so excited about hosting live-bankroll betting contests.
Wed Nov 5
2014
Peter Thomas Fornatale
Categories: Handicapping Columns
Being a racing analyst can be a thankless business – you’re only as good as your last selection. You might have several winners one day but still earn the ire of the public with a tepid performance the next. The 2014 Breeders’ Cup Betting Challenge shows just how good a lot of players who give selections and/or cover horse racing can be.