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Format: 2014-10-24
Mon Oct 6
2014
Peter Thomas Fornatale
Categories: Opinion Columns
Four more players qualified for the National Handicapping Championship in Las Vegas on Sunday on NHCQualify.com, but that might not be the biggest story to come out of the event. The already double-qualified William Shurman ($86), of Danville, Calif., finished in fourth place among 268 entrants, giving him an NHC Tour score that could solidify his place at or near the top of the Tour standings. With the Tour points needing to be audited, we won’t know the specifics until later in the week.
Fri Oct 3
2014
Peter Thomas Fornatale
Categories: Handicapping Columns, DRF/NTRA National Handicapping Championship
Sunday, Oct. 5, marks the return to qualifying action on NHCQualify.com. Players can buy-in for $165 and assuming full participation of 325 players, five spots to the National Handicapping Challenge in Las Vegas will be awarded. A fun subplot to follow for the tournament is the NHC Tour leaderboard. With the top six finishers all bunched pretty closely, a big finish from Brett Wiener, Bill Shurman, Eric Moomey, Jacqueline Sukanick, Bill Wilbur, or Ken Seeman could really shake things up. So keep an eye on them.
Thu Oct 2
2014
Peter Thomas Fornatale
Categories: Handicapping Columns, DRF/NTRA National Handicapping Championship
If you’re looking to qualify for the $10,000 buy-in Breeders’ Cup Betting Challenge, you’re running out of chances. But if you get yourself to Santa Anita’s Autumn Handicapping Challenge this Saturday and Sunday, you can qualify for the BCBC and go one better – you can win a seat to the National Handicapping Championship as well.
Thu Oct 2
2014
Peter Thomas Fornatale
Categories: Handicapping Columns, DRF/NTRA National Handicapping Championship
Saturday marks an opportunity to get into the Breeders’ Cup Betting Challenge online. The format is a little different than usual. The $400 buy-in is higher than the norm but in exchange for that, your mathematical chance of qualifying increases (seven full buy-ins assuming a full field of 224). Here are the races that will be part of Saturday’s BCQualify.com contest. 3:25 Keeneland 5 (5.5F, turf, G3 Woodford) 3:56 Belmont 7 (1 mile, turf, allowance)
Wed Oct 1
2014
Peter Thomas Fornatale
Categories: Opinion Columns
Damian Sasso, a 32-year-old client manager in the financial-services industry, has been an avid horseplayer for a while, playing regularly with his dad and wife. But in the last couple of years, he’s become interested in contests. “Contest play is certainly a change of pace,” he said, “and I love the fact that you have to pick one horse per race. It’s a challenge that’s helped me hone my overall handicapping skills.”