09/14/2014 10:26AM

Fornatale: 32 more advance to BCQualify second round


Thirty-two more players advanced to the second round of this month’s two-stage BCQualify.com contest Saturday.

The overall winner was Eric Moomey of Elwell, Mich., currently battling for a spot at the top of the National Handicapping Championship Tour but moonlighting for the afternoon over on BCQualify. Moomey finished with $125.30. He picked four winners overall, including Sonnyandpally ($30.60) in Belmont’s sixth race and Glowing Ember ($20.20) in Belmont’s 10th. Belmont is fast becoming Moomey’s favorite track. He won their live handicapping contest earlier this year, and a horse he owns a share of, Sovereign Stables’ Boston Strong, is scheduled to run there Wednesday.

The final qualifier in the group was Paul Kimos of Philadelphia, who snuck by with $68.30. He hit Sonnyandpally early and pretty much coasted from there. He held on by a mere 20 cents over Allan Brown of Henderson, Nev., who was in a good position with two races to go but couldn’t get points in either of the Kentucky Downs races late and ended up a little bit short.

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Familiar names to advance include two-time BCBC winner Patrick McGoey of Metairie, La., 2001 NHC winner Judy Wagner, last year’s NHC Tour champ, Brent Sumja, of San Anselmo, Calif., 2011 NHC Tour champ Paul Shurman of Melville, N.Y., and his brother, William Shurman, of Danville, Calif., who somehow squeezed the contest into his already busy itinerary.

BCQualify regulars Cheryl McIntyre of Massillon, Ohio, and Gary Johnson of Maple Heights, Ohio, also advanced to round two. Three players earned multiple entries into the second round: John Allunario of San Diego, Joel Wincowski of Lake George, N.Y., and David Pankeiner of Maricopa, Ariz.

For a full look at the leaderboard, as well as a chance to see who picked whom, click here.

The third and final first-round event for September will be held next Saturday. The top 10 percent of finishers will join the 64 players already qualified in round two, which will take place Sept. 27. Out of that event, up to eight players will win full berths plus travel expenses to the $10,000-buy-in Breeders’ Cup Betting Challenge.