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Format: 2015-05-26
Wed Apr 15
2015
Peter Thomas Fornatale
Categories: Handicapping
If there were a Mount Rushmore of American horseplayers, Mike Maloney’s face would be on it. Maloney is a professional player, but he also likes to dip a toe into the contest world from time to time. This past weekend, he finished in the top 10 at the Keeneland contest, winning a $2,500 entry fee into the Breeders’ Cup Betting Challenge. Why would a guy who bets at the professional level still want to spend the mental bandwidth to compete in contests? For Maloney, the answer is simple.
Tue Apr 14
2015
Peter Thomas Fornatale
Categories: Handicapping Columns
Just call him the comeback kid. Twice in the past six months, Paul Weizer, a 49-year old provost at a university in Massachusetts, has been down to the nub of his bankroll and ended up with a major score in a handicapping contest. Weizer was no stranger to contest success before his recent run. He won the Wynn contest in 2009 for $60,000 and has had numerous collections throughout the years, including an outright win at Hawthorne. But there’s no doubt he has stepped up his game of late.
Mon Apr 13
2015
Peter Thomas Fornatale
Categories: Handicapping Columns
It was a busy weekend for qualifications for the Breeders’ Cup Betting Challenge. On Sunday, James Reichenberg bested all comers on BCQualify.com with a score of $107.80. Reichenberg was consistent throughout the 12-race, all-mandatory contest. He picked six winners in all with his best run coming with a stretch of four winners in a row: Sweet Sandy ($5.20 to win) in Tampa’s eighth, Aquinnah ($10.40) in Gulfstream’s eighth, Miss Ella ($21.40) in Keeneland’s eighth, and Grey By You ($4.60) in Tampa’s ninth.
Fri Apr 10
2015
Peter Thomas Fornatale
Categories: Opinion Columns
Spring is barely here, but it’s never too early to start thinking about your fall contest plans. One new item on the calendar for 2015 is the rescheduled Gulfstream Park Raise Your Game contest, set for Sept. 19. A washout caused the cancellation of the original event back in February. The September contest will feature a live-bankroll format with racing from Gulfstream and a selection of the best racing from around the country that Saturday.
Fri Apr 10
2015
Peter Thomas Fornatale
Categories: Opinion Columns, DRF/NTRA National Handicapping Championship
When I showed up at the 2014 National Handicapping Championship, I had just started working for Daily Racing Form and didn’t know a lot of people in the contest world. One player came up to me right away and introduced himself. He was familiar with my work and complimented me, making me feel instantly at ease. He was Keith Gee.