Peter Thomas Fornatale

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Format: 2014-07-31
Wed May 28
2014
Peter Thomas Fornatale
Categories: Opinion Columns
Dear Pete: I’ve had some success lately playing in the 12-race, all-mandatory format where you need to get an entry into the top 10 percent to advance. I’d like to try my hand at other contest formats, like the NHCQualify.com contest coming up this weekend. Any advice on how the strategy changes going from last month’s BCQualify.com format to the NHCQualify.com format? – Threepeat Dear Threepeat:
Tue May 27
2014
Peter Thomas Fornatale
Categories: Handicapping Columns
Jonathon Kinchen of Austin, Texas, is on a roll. He played in his first online contest just three weeks ago, he’s played each Sunday since, and he’s now 3 for 3 in his qualifying tournament attempts.
Sat May 24
2014
Peter Thomas Fornatale
Categories: Opinion Columns
Jonathon Kinchen wears his feelings about racing on his sleeve – literally. Kinchen, 31, a former football coach who works in real estate in Austin, Texas, has a racing-themed tattoo on his left forearm. His ink combines his passion for the sport with his deep love for his family, “The front side of my forearm has my son’s birthday with saddle cloths, the 10, 13, and the 11 with roses and lilies for the Derby and the Oaks.”
Tue May 20
2014
Peter Thomas Fornatale
Categories: Handicapping
What is your strategy for using maidens in contests?  Avoid them or love them? - Brett Sampson Dear Brett: You’ve hit on an excellent topic for discussion here. Maiden races divide a lot of handicappers into “love” and “hate” camps, both in everyday play and contest play. They are such an area of specialty that some contest directors will try to limit their use when selecting mandatory races. In optional formats, some players will go out of their way to play as many maiden races as possible.
Mon May 19
2014
Peter Thomas Fornatale
On Sunday, May 18th, at BCQualify.com, 31 final players advanced to next Sunday’s Round 2 contest, where 76 entries will compete to win six  $10,000 seats at the Breeders’ Cup Betting Challenge. The Breeders' Cup Betting Challenge (BCBC), is the world's most prestigious live bankroll tournament and will be held at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, California on October 31 and November 1, 2014.