Peter Thomas Fornatale

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Format: 2014-10-20
Tue Aug 26
2014
Peter Thomas Fornatale
Categories: Opinion Columns
This week’s question came in via Twitter, where you can follow me via @loomsboldly, from @Thorobros. Dear Pete: I’m playing in the NYRA low-roller contest for the first time. Any advice? @Thorobros Dear @Thorobros:
Mon Aug 25
2014
Peter Thomas Fornatale
Categories: Handicapping Columns
Eric Boyd of Fort Davis, Tex., is on a roll. Last weekend, he put up $50 and won the NHCQualify.com credit contest. This Saturday, he took $165 of his winnings and bought an entry on NHCQualify.com and won a seat at the National Handicapping Championship in Las Vegas. This January, he’ll try to parlay his initial $50 investment into the $750,000 first place prize out in the desert.
Fri Aug 22
2014
Peter Thomas Fornatale
Categories: Opinion Columns
William Shurman has one of the best résumés of any contest player out there. He’s qualified for the National Handicapping Championship 12 times and just won a $10,000 bonus for being one of the top five finishers in the first half of the 2014 NHC Tour. Today, he shares his thoughts on a handful of races on Saturday’s Travers card and explains how he will be approaching them from a contest perspective. Saratoga 4: six furlongs, dirt, maiden special weight
Thu Aug 21
2014
Peter Thomas Fornatale
Categories: Handicapping Columns
The races for Saturday’s contest on NHCQualify.com have been announced. To play, you must buy in for $165 and make a mythical $2 win-place bet in each of the 12 mandatory races. Spots in the National Handicapping Championship, held in in Las Vegas in January, are guaranteed for the top three finishers, and up to five spots may be awarded based on participation. To learn more about the NHC, check out: http://www.drf.com/blogs/tournaments-101-nhc
Wed Aug 20
2014
Peter Thomas Fornatale
Categories: Opinion Columns
Jamaal Barnett, whom we profiled this week, had five pieces of excellent advice for new contest players about how to approach their first live events. 1. Know the rules There is so much variation from contest to contest that you need to spend some time looking at the ins and outs of the rules. Obviously, you need to know the basic stuff: Which races are part of the contest? Are they mandatory or optional? What types of wagers are accepted?