Peter Thomas Fornatale

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Format: 2015-05-28
Thu Apr 2
2015
Peter Thomas Fornatale
Categories: Opinion Columns
It’s a great day of racing from coast to coast on Saturday, and the Daily Racing Form family of contests offers players two ways to win into the 2016 National Handicapping Championship while playing the day’s biggest events. Contest action returns to the DRF Bets platform with the Spring NHC Challenge. DRF Bets or Xpressbet customers can buy in for $50. Then, they must make 10 optional $10 win bets across three tracks: Aqueduct, Tampa Bay, and Santa Anita. The two players at the end of the contest with the highest scores will receive seats to the NHC.
Wed Apr 1
2015
Peter Thomas Fornatale
Categories: Opinion Columns, DRF/NTRA National Handicapping Championship
Critics of the mythical-money tournament format were out in droves Saturday night. Paul Shurman played a 60-1 shot to end up second for $100,000 in a tournament, and out came the complaints. “These mythical-money tournaments are a joke.” “It’s not fair. People just play longshots at the end.” “To say that you liked that horse based on handicapping is an insult to handicappers.” “He never would have played that horse had he already been in the top three.”
Tue Mar 31
2015
Peter Thomas Fornatale
Categories: Opinion Columns, DRF/NTRA National Handicapping Championship
Jim Meeks, a business owner from Elko, Nev., won $264,000 for his first-place finish in the Horse Player World Series at The Orleans in Las Vegas last weekend. Former NHC Tour champion Paul Shurman was second, taking home more than $99,000. Meeks is a contest veteran. He has qualified for the National Handicapping Championship approximately five times and has played in the Breeders’ Cup Betting Challenge in five of its six years in existence. He won the 2013 Pick the Ponies contest at the Las Vegas Hilton, but this is his first six-figure tournament win.
Mon Mar 30
2015
Peter Thomas Fornatale
Categories: Opinion Columns, DRF/NTRA National Handicapping Championship
Seven players won full $10,000 entries to the Breeders’ Cup Betting Challenge on Saturday on BCQualify.com. Don Allen, of Bradley, Ark., was the overall winner with a score of $117. Halfway through the contest, it looked like he was going to finish with a much higher score since he’d backed five of the first six winners, highlighted by cap horse Call Me George in the New Orleans Handicap. Call Me George paid $46.40 to win on the tote board, but for contest-scoring purposes, the win was limited to $42.
Fri Mar 27
2015
Peter Thomas Fornatale
Categories: Opinion Columns
The Santa Anita contest experience has been well documented, so suffice it to say that horseplayers seeking a VIP experience at one of the country’s greatest tracks should strongly consider playing in the May Santa Anita Betting Challenge. The contest costs $4,000, with $3,000 acting as a live bankroll and the other $1,000 going into the prize pool.