08/18/2014 9:53AM

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.