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Format: 2014-10-20
Thu Sep 25
2014
Peter Thomas Fornatale
Categories: Handicapping Columns, DRF/NTRA National Handicapping Championship
Saturday is a huge day of action in Thoroughbred racing from coast to coast, so it only makes sense that it’s a huge day of action in the DRF family of tournaments as well. First off, it marks the return of the one-day qualifying format on NHCQualify.com, where for a $165 buy-in, up to five players can win seats at the National Handicapping Championship in Las Vegas. The contest consists of 12 mandatory races where players must make $2 win-place bets. Highest scores win. This week’s contest races are:
Wed Sep 24
2014
Peter Thomas Fornatale
Categories: Opinion Columns
In a recent contest at NHCQualify.com, Carl McIntosh put himself in a position to win early on by picking a horse named Raglin River in the second tournament race. Raglin River was 55-1 on the board. But since the contest caps win prices at 20-1, Raglin River paid “only” $42 on the win end for the contest. Many contest players avoid playing over-the-cap horses for this reason, a view summed up by 2010 National Handicapping Championship winner Brian Troop in “The Winning Contest Player.”
Tue Sep 23
2014
Peter Thomas Fornatale
Categories: Handicapping Columns, Boston Strong
Last Wednesday’s ninth race at Belmont didn’t appear in a any major tournaments, but it had a lot of significance for a couple of tournament players, Eric Moomey and Anthony Robb. Moomey and Robb are among the investors in Sovereign Stables’ Boston Strong. Both were first introduced to Sovereign through their efforts in tournament play as Sovereign Stables is one of the title sponsors for the National Handicapping Championship.
Mon Sep 22
2014
Peter Thomas Fornatale
Categories: Handicapping Columns
The first ever restricted-to-rookies NHCQualify.com contest is in the books and three new players have won their way to the National Handicapping Championship in Las Vegas. The overall winner was Fabian Sultan of Miami, Fla., whose score of $124.40 put him $13.60 clear at the top of the field of 405 players total. Sultan picked an impressive seven of the 12 winners in the all-mandatory sequence, ranging from a low of Chiselled ($6.20) in Churchill Downs’s ninth race to a high of Bigger Picture ($16) in Belmont’s 10th race.
Fri Sep 19
2014
Peter Thomas Fornatale
Categories: Opinion Columns
The new contest announced this summer designed specifically for first-year National Handicapping Championship Tour participants is happening Sunday and will follow the typical 12-race, all-mandatory, $2 win-place format common on NHCQualify.com, which will host the tournament.