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Format: 2015-08-31
Thu Jul 30
2015
Peter Thomas Fornatale
Go tell it on the Mountain: The Daily Racing Form family of tournaments makes its annual sojourn to West Virginia on Saturday for a series of stakes races at Mountaineer. Also included in the contest, of course, will be races at Saratoga and Del Mar. All in all, stakes races will make up half of the 12-race sequence, with one-third of them graded.
Wed Jul 29
2015
Peter Thomas Fornatale
Categories: Opinion Columns
It felt good to get back on the horse, so to speak. On Monday, I played in my first contest in quite a while in the Saratoga low-roller. This year, the program has expanded. Saratoga is now running $40 buy-in contests on Sundays and Mondays. Of that $40, $10 funds the prize pool, and the other $30 is a bankroll. That bankroll must be bet as $2 across-the-board bets in five of the Saratoga races.
Mon Jul 27
2015
Peter Thomas Fornatale
Categories: Handicapping Columns, DRF/NTRA National Handicapping Championship
Like most horse-racing handicappers, David Wilganowski's interest in betting was sparked by early success. "One of the early trips I made to [Sam Houston Race Park in 1996], I hit an $8,000 superfecta," he told the NTRA last year, "and one week later, I hit a $1,500 trifecta. I was hooked."
Fri Jul 24
2015
Peter Thomas Fornatale
Categories: Handicapping Columns, DRF/NTRA National Handicapping Championship
Roger Cettina is a seven-time NHC qualifier who is a vice president of Tishman Construction Corp., in New York. His biggest contest score to date was his second at the NHC in 2013 when he took home $200,000. He’s been a major player on the NHC Tour this year, and could sneak his way into the top five for the first half with a big finish in this weekend’s Monmouth contest. Here he takes a look at one of the races he figures to play in that live-bankroll contest, the eighth race from Saratoga on Opening Saturday. Take it away, Roger.
Thu Jul 23
2015
Peter Thomas Fornatale
Categories: Opinion Columns
The summer boutique meets – Del Mar and Saratoga – are finally here. For many contest players, their year is centered around these next 6 1/2 weeks. The Triple Crown is the one time of year when racing permeates into the popular culture, and the Breeders’ Cup offers the best two days of the year, but for real racing fans, this is when the real magic happens.