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Format: 2014-10-31
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.
Thu Sep 18
2014
Peter Thomas Fornatale
Categories: Handicapping Columns
If you want to qualify for the National Handicapping Championship and you happen to be anywhere near Los Alamitos on Saturday, consider checking out its second real-money, live-bankroll tournament. Entries, which are limited to two per person, are $300 each – $200 will be placed in the contest prize pool, and players will use the remaining $100 to make bets, keeping whatever money they have earned at the end of the contest.
Wed Sep 17
2014
Peter Thomas Fornatale
Categories: Handicapping Columns
Dear Pete: I played in both of the NHCQualify.com free contests last week and I was wondering: how do you expect scores to change when you’re playing in a field of 1,000 versus 100? Signed, Curious Dear Curious: Thanks for the excellent question. To answer it, I called an old friend of the blog and our resident math whiz, PublicHandicapper.com editor and NHC Players’ panel member Chris Larmey.
Tue Sep 16
2014
Peter Thomas Fornatale
Categories: Opinion Columns
The two free contests at NHCQualify.com in the past week each attracted a field of 1,000 players. When dealing with a field of that size, it’s awfully difficult to finish anywhere near the top, and it’s impressive to even end up in the top 10 percent. To finish in the top 1 percent, which players needed to do to qualify for the paid Sept. 27 NHCQualify.com contest, is a real achievement.