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Wed Oct 29
2014
Peter Thomas Fornatale
Categories: Opinion Columns
On Friday, the sixth edition of the Breeders’ Cup Betting Challenge begins at Santa Anita Park. Should Patrick McGoey, of Metairie, La., be victorious, he will have won half of them. The BCBC is the most important live-bankroll horse-racing contest in existence. A purse of more $650,000 is expected, and 15 seats to the National Handicapping Championship – the richest handicapping contest in the world – are on the line.
Tue Oct 28
2014
Peter Thomas Fornatale
Categories: Opinion Columns
With the Breeders’ Cup Betting Challenge on the horizon, it’s a good time to look at some betting strategies for live-bankroll handicapping contests. The biggest differences between live-bankroll contests and the typical mythical win-place contests are: 1) The money you’re betting is real (i.e., you keep whatever is left at the end); 2) You can bet up to all of your bankroll at any time in the contest (you can go all in); and 3) You have wagers other than win and place available (in the BCBC, you can bet win, place, show, exacta, and trifecta).
Mon Oct 27
2014
Peter Thomas Fornatale
Categories: Opinion Columns
Four players won their way into the National Handicapping Championship in Las Vegas on NHCQualify.com on Saturday. A field of 259 players lined up for Saturday’s event. The winner was Wendy Long, of Surrey, British Columbia. Long scored $137.10 by backing six winners, including her own personal late double at Santa Anita with Eddie’s Turn ($19.40 to win) in the seventh race and Lexie Lou ($8.40) in the eighth race.
Fri Oct 24
2014
Peter Thomas Fornatale
Categories: Handicapping Columns
The field is taking shape for the sixth running of the Breeders’ Cup Betting Challenge, to be held in conjunction with the two days of the Breeders’ Cup next Friday and Saturday at Santa Anita Park. While the final tally isn’t known – players can still pay the $10,000 buy-in and join the field – we have a pretty good idea of the numbers right now.
Thu Oct 23
2014
Peter Thomas Fornatale
Categories: Opinion Columns
While most eyes in the racing world are already on Santa Anita for the Breeders’ Cup next weekend, that might mean there’s an opportunity on NHCQualify.com, where there’s another chance to qualify for the National Handicapping Championship on Saturday. Players can buy in for $165, and assuming full participation of 325 players, five spots to the NHC will be awarded. The contest will follow the typical live format common on NHCQualify.com, with players making 12 $2 win-place bets on mandatory races.