08/18/2014 10:53AM

Fornatale: Arlington longshots yield big contest scores


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.

Cheryl McIntyre’s only two winners were Dream Saturday ($29) in the eighth race at Saratoga and Euro Charline ($23.60) in the Beverly D. She added a few place points, but those two were enough for fourth. Michael McIntyre played his two entries very differently. On his better ticket, he had Euro Charline and Hardest Core ($25) in the Arlington Million. On his lesser ticket, he had Dream Saturday as well as four place horses.

The Round 2 event, featuring 90 entries in total, will send eight players to the premier live-bankroll event in the handicapping contest world, the Breeders’ Cup Betting Challenge.

The overall winner was Sean Sullivan, who ran up a total of $129.40. Sullivan dominated the Arlington portion of the card. He had I Got It All ($10.80) in the Straight Line, The Pizza Man ($12.60) in the American St. Leger, Euro Charline in the Beverly D., and Hardest Core in the Arlington Million.

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Gary Johnson, of Maple Heights, Ohio, also secured his second entry to Round 2 on Saturday. Like Michael McIntyre, Johnson just advanced with $69.40. Four additional players will have two entries to Round 2. They are last week’s overall winner, John Fisher, of Houston; Paul Kirnos, of Philadelphia; former NHC champ Jim Benes, of Countryside, Ohio; and last year’s BCBC runner-up, Kevin McFarland, of Solana Beach, Calif.

For a look at Saturday’s leaderboard, check out http://www.bcqualify.com/leaderboard.aspx?cid=110.

Jamaal Barnett won the free Sovereign Stables National Handicapping Championship qualifier Saturday with an impressive total of $195.80. He dominated the competition, winning by almost $40. Barnett is a fixture on the national and online contest scene and has been a Tour member since 2008. In addition to his seat at the NHC, Barnett also receives a $1,500 credit toward a Sovereign Stables horse.

Joining Barnett in Vegas will be second-place finisher Jeanne Fazzolari, who finished with $156.20. Fazzolari’s husband, Nicholas, was third with $154.60.

The credit contest at NHCQualify.com was won by Eric Boyd, of Fort Davis, Texas. Boyd finished with $120.80, just ahead of Joe Miciotto, of Bossier City, La. ($116.90). The third-place finisher was Ralph Lough, of Dallas, ($105.70), and William Robelen, of Bridgeville, Calif., ($100.70) checked in fourth.

w More than 1 year ago
BC Qualify 84-94 entries = 7 BCBC spots (840-949 total entries) What am I missing?
Surfthewake More than 1 year ago
Is the final third of an unlocked type contest really handicapping? The people behind abandon their picks and shop,for the needed price. In Saturdays Sovereign contest, had it been locked early, how many people would have put their contest fate on a no name trainer with a Parx jock to win the Arlington Million. Really? With over 1700 entries I earned the lead for most of the day. I never changed my picks . How many times did the two people that passed me at the end change their picks looking for the right price? Two? Three? Was it legal? Yes. Was it just reward for doing a good job handicapping? Of course not. The contest rewarded some late price shoppers. That's all. And it wasn't handicapping. And that was what the contest was advertised as a test of. It is what it is.
Peter Fornatale More than 1 year ago
I appreciate your need to vent but as I've written many times, contests are as much (if not more so) a game with numbers than they are actual tests of handicapping skill. There are plenty of formats where picks lock before the sequence starts if you want to play those.