Peter Thomas Fornatale

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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.
Fri May 16
2014
Peter Thomas Fornatale
[bc_video_id:324671:]There is no arguing about the most likely winner of the Preakness Stakes. Based on the ease of his Derby romp and what history tells us, California Chrome is probably 50/50 to win the race. But from a contest perspective, big favorites like California Chrome are rarely useful. Perhaps if you were in first place going into the anchor leg of a contest, with four other players within a few dollars of the lead, then could you play California Chrome.
Thu May 15
2014
Peter Thomas Fornatale
Categories: Opinion Columns
The official rules for the 2015 National Handicapping Championship were announced last week. Changes were made by the National Thoroughbred Racing Association, the NHC’s governing body, based on input from surveys sent out to all 2014 NHC participants as well as the NTRA Players' Committee. Here, in ascending order, is a recap of the most important changes: 5. Full scoreboard should be available to all players in real time.
Tue May 13
2014
Peter Thomas Fornatale
Categories: Opinion Columns
Ask Pete is a new feature of my blog where readers get the opportunity to ask whatever questions they have about contests and contest handicapping. If you have a question, ask away in the comments. Pete: How do you approach handicapping turf races 24 hours in advance, when you know that rain may be in the forecast? Do you handicap the race as both a turf and a dirt race, making guesses as to which horses might scratch if it comes off the turf? Or do you just skip the race entirely the day before, and only handicap it once the changes are announced?
Mon May 12
2014
Peter Thomas Fornatale
On the 2013 NHC Tour, two names dominated the leaderboard more than any others: Brent Sumja of San Anselmo, CA and Mark Streiff of San Pedro, CA. Sumja and Streiff reminded their fellow contest players why their names are to be feared in any contests they enter in Sunday’s BCQualify.com Round 1 contest, as they each earned two berths in the Round 2 contest to be held on Sunday, May 25th.