Peter Thomas Fornatale

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Format: 2015-04-21
Wed Apr 8
2015
Peter Thomas Fornatale
Categories: Opinion Columns
You’re not going to hear me wish you good luck if you’re playing in a handicapping contest. I certainly understand the critical – you could even say paramount – role that luck plays. No rational person could deny that. But somehow, admitting how important luck can be, right before a contest no less, feels like bad form – like telling the leading lady, “Have a great show!” on opening night.
Tue Apr 7
2015
Peter Thomas Fornatale
Categories: Handicapping Columns, DRF/NTRA National Handicapping Championship
Trey Stiles might just be the handicapping contest version of Odysseus. Like Homer’s hero, Stiles has traveled far and wide to reach his goal on a journey that’s lasted more than a decade. Odysseus was trying to get home. Stiles's journey has taken him away from home and to the National Handicapping Championship.
Mon Apr 6
2015
Peter Thomas Fornatale
Categories: Handicapping Columns, DRF/NTRA National Handicapping Championship
It was a wild and woolly weekend of contest action from coast to coast. The biggest story happened right here in the DRF universe of contests with Trey Stiles becoming the second 14-time National Handicapping Championship qualifier, joining Paul Shurman, who accomplished the feat last month. Stiles finished fourth on Saturday on NHCQualify.com. Sally Goodall is expected to join their elite club when she qualifies later this year as she will surely do.
Thu Apr 2
2015
Peter Thomas Fornatale
Categories: Opinion Columns
It’s a great day of racing from coast to coast on Saturday, and the Daily Racing Form family of contests offers players two ways to win into the 2016 National Handicapping Championship while playing the day’s biggest events. Contest action returns to the DRF Bets platform with the Spring NHC Challenge. DRF Bets or Xpressbet customers can buy in for $50. Then, they must make 10 optional $10 win bets across three tracks: Aqueduct, Tampa Bay, and Santa Anita. The two players at the end of the contest with the highest scores will receive seats to the NHC.
Wed Apr 1
2015
Peter Thomas Fornatale
Categories: Opinion Columns, DRF/NTRA National Handicapping Championship
Critics of the mythical-money tournament format were out in droves Saturday night. Paul Shurman played a 60-1 shot to end up second for $100,000 in a tournament, and out came the complaints. “These mythical-money tournaments are a joke.” “It’s not fair. People just play longshots at the end.” “To say that you liked that horse based on handicapping is an insult to handicappers.” “He never would have played that horse had he already been in the top three.”