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Format: 2015-05-24
Tue Apr 28
2015
Peter Thomas Fornatale
Categories: Opinion Columns, DRF/NTRA National Handicapping Championship
Ryan Flanders is no stranger to doing the unexpected in the contest world. Two years ago, as a first-time player at the National Handicapping Championship, Flanders got all the way to the final table. Just one month ago, Jonathon Kinchen was way out in front on the NHC Tour and a clear favorite to win the $75,000 that goes with a tour victory. But in just a few weeks, the 41-year old Flanders, who works in the vitamin distribution business, has surprised the contest world by catching Kinchen on the tour.
Mon Apr 27
2015
Peter Thomas Fornatale
Categories: Opinion Columns, DRF/NTRA National Handicapping Championship
Last year on the NHC Tour, Jacqueline Sukanick made a name for herself. She ended up with a top-five finish for the year with help from her son, former NHC Tour champ Brent Sumja. This year, Sukanick had been a little quiet, with just one top 10 percent tour finish on her ledger over at NTRA.com. That changed Saturday, when Sukanick won her way back to the National Handicapping Championship finals by winning the NHCQualify.com contest.
Fri Apr 24
2015
Peter Thomas Fornatale
Categories: Handicapping Columns, DRF/NTRA National Handicapping Championship
On Sunday, contest players have an opportunity to win their way in to one of the best contests in the country, the Breeders’ Cup Betting Challenge, on BCQualify.com. Players can buy straight into the BCBC for $10,000 but on BCQualify.com you can win your full $10,000 buy-in, plus a $500 travel allowance, for $190. Up to five seats will be awarded out of Sunday’s contest, depending on participation. Last year, Bob Traynor won his way in to the BCBC on BCQualify and cashed out for over $300,000.
Thu Apr 23
2015
Peter Thomas Fornatale
Categories: Opinion Columns
Last weekend, Tim Moline pulled off an impressive double, winning a National Handicapping Championship seat and his buy-in to next month’s Santa Anita $100,000 Handicapping Challenge on NHCQualify.com and DRFQualify.com, respectively. Moline played the same set of picks in both contests and didn’t have to do any extra work to essentially double his reward. This weekend, horseplayers around the country have a chance to emulate him.
Tue Apr 21
2015
Peter Thomas Fornatale
Categories: Opinion Columns
Chris Larmey is one of the most respected players in the contest world. Last Saturday, he qualified for the National Handicapping Championship for the ninth time via NHCQualify.com. Whereas some players are more concerned with picking winners right off the bat, Larmey takes a more traditional approach to contest strategy. “My strength is in finding horses with prices, so I start there and try to hit one or more longshots,” he said. “From there, I get a little more tactical depending on what unfolds after that.”