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Format: 2014-10-26
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?
Tue Aug 19
2014
Peter Thomas Fornatale
Categories: Opinion Columns
Jamaal Barnett, a transit engineer from Toronto, strafed the field in the free Sovereign Stables-sponsored National Handicapping Championship contest last Saturday, finishing first among 1,900 entrants and qualifying for the NHC for the fourth time.
Mon Aug 18
2014
Peter Thomas Fornatale
Categories: Opinion Columns
The McIntyre clan from Massillon, Ohio, had a dream Saturday in the BCQualify.com Round 1 contest, accounting for three of the 33 entries that will advance to Round 2 this Saturday. Michael McIntyre qualified two entries to Round 2. He finished seventh with $89.70 and squeaked his second entry through in the last qualifying spot with $69.40. He now has three entries this coming weekend. Meanwhile, Cheryl McIntyre finished fourth overall with $96.40. She’ll have two entries in Round 2.