Peter Thomas Fornatale

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Format: 2014-09-02
Tue Jul 22
2014
Peter Thomas Fornatale
Categories: Opinion Columns
It’s not too late to join in the free Saratoga Twitter Challenge (STC), presented by @DRFFormulator, @DRFTournaments, and @DRFBets. The contest takes place on the remaining Saturday and Sunday cards at Saratoga and includes Labor Day as well. The penalty for missing a day is just $50, the size of the minimum bet. That means that players starting Saturday still will have $900 – a number that puts them in a tie for 10th place overall right now. That’s not too bad for missing almost one-seventh of the contest.
Mon Jul 21
2014
Peter Thomas Fornatale
Categories: Handicapping, Beautyinthepulpit, Big Trouble, She's Flush, Somali Lemonade
BCQualify.com is sending three more players to Santa Anita for the Breeders’ Cup Betting Challenge. Sunday’s contest was won by Robert Wicklein of Laurel, Md., who bested the competition with a score of $110.90. Things were very tight at the top of the pack. The second-place finisher, John Conte of Oceanside, N.Y., finished with $109.80, and the third and final qualifier, Kenneth McMahan of Valencia, Calif., ended up with $109.40. The unlucky fourth-place finisher was Jose Raphael of New Bedford, Mass., who finished with $108.80.
Fri Jul 18
2014
Peter Thomas Fornatale
Categories: Opinion Columns, DRF/NTRA National Handicapping Championship
The theory has long been that live-bankroll handicapping contests have a steep learning curve, and newer players would be better served by starting out playing in mythical-bankroll events. In fact, one grizzled veteran on the contest scene once warned me, “Never encourage new players to play live bankroll because they’ll just be throwing their money away.”
Thu Jul 17
2014
Peter Thomas Fornatale
Categories: Handicapping
Contests come in many shapes and sizes, and the start of the Saratoga meeting brings a couple of new opportunities for tournament players online. On Saturday, the Breeders’ Cup Fantasy ’Capping league challenge starts. Here’s how it works: Over the course of 12 Saturdays, you have 14 mandatory races in which to bet a mythical $20. You can bet your $20 to win, place, or show, or spend it in the form of a $10 exacta box.
Wed Jul 16
2014
Peter Thomas Fornatale
Categories: Handicapping
I recently appeared as a guest on Seth Abrams’s racing podcast, “All Day Racing,” available for download on iTunes (make sure you check out the debut episode with Mark Cramer as well). We ran out of time before Seth could ask me one last question, so he submitted it to “Ask Pete” instead.