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Format: 2015-09-01
Fri Jul 3
2015
Peter Thomas Fornatale
Categories: Handicapping Columns, DRF/NTRA National Handicapping Championship
Entries are open for Saturday’s one-day BCQualify.com Fourth of July contest. Players will compete for up to three $10,000 seats to the Breeders’ Cup Betting Challenge. Two seats are guaranteed to be on offer. The buy-in is $330, and qualifiers also will receive a $500 travel voucher. BCQualify.com is the exclusive online qualifying site for the BCBC.
Tue Jun 30
2015
Peter Thomas Fornatale
Categories: Opinion Columns, DRF/NTRA National Handicapping Championship
Chess grandmaster José Capablanca said it best: "To improve at chess, you should in the first instance study the endgame.” The same lesson can be applied to handicapping-contest play. The endgame in tournaments is where contest play most clearly is separated from everyday play. In mythical-money tournaments, in one sense, you have a wider range of horses to consider because favorites come back into play, and in another sense, the choice of which horse to play now may become obvious because you can only play the ones with the right odds.
Mon Jun 29
2015
Peter Thomas Fornatale
Categories: Opinion Columns
Phil Bongiovanni, 42, has won the two-day Santa Anita Gold Cup Betting Challenge. In addition to his $12,961.40 bankroll, Bongiovanni gets $25,000 in cash plus seats to both the National Handicapping Championship and the Breeders' Cup Betting Challenge for a total haul worth more than $50,000. Bongiovanni, who lives in Yorba Linda, Calif., is the co-owner of Gulliver Racing, who ran Motown Men in yesterday's Santa Anita Gold Cup. "I wanted to play in the contest because it was closing weekend and I thought it would fun," Bongiovanni said.
Sat Jun 27
2015
Peter Thomas Fornatale
Categories: Headlines, DRF/NTRA National Handicapping Championship
Day 1 of the Santa Anita Gold Cup Betting Challenge is complete. It makes sense that this series of tournaments has a number of regular players. After all, many of the best tournament players live in Southern California. But it's a testament to how great these contests are that there are a number of regular players who live in faraway places. For example, Day 1 leader Ray Arsenault sits in the lead with $11,094.
Fri Jun 26
2015
Peter Thomas Fornatale
Categories: Opinion Columns
The National Handicapping Championship Tour returns to NHCQualify.com on Sunday. Up to three seats to the NHC, the world's richest and most prestigious handicapping tournament, will be awarded. Winners also will receive travel packages consisting of a $500 voucher and a four-night stay at Treasure Island in Las Vegas, where the NHC will be held in January.