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Format: 2014-10-21
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.”
Tue Sep 30
2014
Peter Thomas Fornatale
Categories: Opinion Columns
A few weeks ago, we looked at the affect of tournament field size on overall scores. The conclusion was twofold: The No. 1 factor affecting final scores isn’t field size; it’s the specific run of races in any given contest. And while average scores stay the same regardless of field size, scores at both ends of the spectrum will be more extreme.
Mon Sep 29
2014
Peter Thomas Fornatale
Categories: Handicapping Columns
Eight players won full $10,000 berths into the Breeders’ Cup Betting Challenge by finishing at the top of Saturday’s BCQualify.com second-round contest. The qualifiers were led by James Simpson of Chicago, Ill., who finished with a total of $112.80, a solid total for a sequence marked by few longshots.