Peter Thomas Fornatale

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Format: 2015-07-04
Mon Jun 22
2015
Peter Thomas Fornatale
Categories: Handicapping Columns, DRF/NTRA National Handicapping Championship
Roger Cettina ran away and hid in Saturday's BCQualify.com contest, netting himself both a $10,000 Breeders' Cup Betting Challenge seat and his second seat to the National Handicapping Championship. Cettina's total of $182 -- 3.8 times the initial bankroll of $48 -- is exceptionally high for a 12-race, all mandatory online qualifier. "I like those wire-to-wire jobs," said Cettina, referring to his own performance.
Fri Jun 19
2015
Peter Thomas Fornatale
Categories: Handicapping, La Verdad
Last weekend on BCQualify.com, Joe Johnson won a seat to the Breeders' Cup Betting Challenge and a seat to the National Handicapping Championship. As a longtime cash player who has added contest play to his repertoire, Johnson is part of a new trend in contest play.
Thu Jun 18
2015
Peter Thomas Fornatale
Categories: Handicapping Columns, DRF/NTRA National Handicapping Championship
It's a busy weekend in the DRF family of tournaments. On the heels of a pair of sell-outs last weekend, players will once again have a chance to compete for seats to both the National Handicapping Championship and the Breeders' Cup Betting Challenge in the same contests both Saturday and Sunday.
Tue Jun 16
2015
Peter Thomas Fornatale
Categories: Opinion Columns
There are some remarkable similarities between last weekend's biggest winners in the DRF family of contests, David Bajorek, Zachery McLeod, and Joseph Johnson. A closer look at the three, all longtime racing fans in their late 50s, reveals something interesting about the growth of contest play. It's not just new players who are leading to the explosion in interest; it's also older fans who've found a new way to reinvigorate their passion for the game.
Mon Jun 15
2015
Peter Thomas Fornatale
Categories: Handicapping Columns, DRF/NTRA National Handicapping Championship
The most successful contest players know an important lesson that many novices don't fully understand: You should never give up. Horse racing can be -- and often is -- a chaotic enterprise. If a cap horse hits early many players think the contest is over and allow their attention to drift to other matters of importance. This is a mistake. If you fall behind, don't quit, play out the string, stay focused, see what happens. Sometimes the results will surprise you.