Peter Thomas Fornatale

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Format: 2015-05-05
Wed Apr 29
2015
Peter Thomas Fornatale
Categories: Opinion Columns
As a special feature for the Kentucky Oaks and Derby, I asked a handful of well-known contest players for their thoughts on both races. We’ll start with the Kentucky Oaks. Rich Goodall, 2008 National Handicapping Championship champion “In a wide-open Kentucky Oaks, I like #1 FOREVER UNBRIDLED at 15-1 as a solid value play. Although she has been beaten by a few of these in the past, she was never disgraced, and her breeding suggests that she should relish the extra distance. The addition of Mike Smith in the irons seals the deal for me."
Wed Apr 29
2015
Peter Thomas Fornatale
Categories: Opinion Columns
The Public Handicapper Challenge begins Friday. It’s an easy, fun, and free way to qualify for the National Handicapping Championship. Last year, $2.3 million was awarded at the NHC, and the prize pool this year is expected to be the same or higher. To be eligible for the seats, you need to be a member of the NHC Tour.
Tue Apr 28
2015
Peter Thomas Fornatale
Categories: Opinion Columns, DRF/NTRA National Handicapping Championship
Ryan Flanders is no stranger to doing the unexpected in the contest world. Two years ago, as a first-time player at the National Handicapping Championship, Flanders got all the way to the final table. Just one month ago, Jonathon Kinchen was way out in front on the NHC Tour and a clear favorite to win the $75,000 that goes with a tour victory. But in just a few weeks, the 41-year old Flanders, who works in the vitamin distribution business, has surprised the contest world by catching Kinchen on the tour.
Mon Apr 27
2015
Peter Thomas Fornatale
Categories: Opinion Columns, DRF/NTRA National Handicapping Championship
Last year on the NHC Tour, Jacqueline Sukanick made a name for herself. She ended up with a top-five finish for the year with help from her son, former NHC Tour champ Brent Sumja. This year, Sukanick had been a little quiet, with just one top 10 percent tour finish on her ledger over at NTRA.com. That changed Saturday, when Sukanick won her way back to the National Handicapping Championship finals by winning the NHCQualify.com contest.
Fri Apr 24
2015
Peter Thomas Fornatale
Categories: Handicapping Columns, DRF/NTRA National Handicapping Championship
On Sunday, contest players have an opportunity to win their way in to one of the best contests in the country, the Breeders’ Cup Betting Challenge, on BCQualify.com. Players can buy straight into the BCBC for $10,000 but on BCQualify.com you can win your full $10,000 buy-in, plus a $500 travel allowance, for $190. Up to five seats will be awarded out of Sunday’s contest, depending on participation. Last year, Bob Traynor won his way in to the BCBC on BCQualify and cashed out for over $300,000.