03/23/2015 10:59AM

Fornatale: Kinchen continues epic run


Week by week, the legend grows. Jonathon Kinchen struck again this past weekend – twice.

One contest veteran called it “the greatest weekend in NHC Tour history.” In an online contest Saturday, Kinchen earned what would have been his third qualification for next year’s National Handicapping Championship by finishing second. Then on Sunday, he did what he hadn’t yet been able to do this year: He got the outright win on NHCQualify.com, earning what would have been his fourth NHC qualification.

Kinchen continues to play in tour events despite already having the maximum number of two NHC qualifications because he is chasing the NHC Tour championship. The tour winner receives approximately $75,000 and the chance to play for a $2 million bonus at the NHC should he win the whole thing.

“It was a pretty crazy weekend,” Kinchen said. “I’ve had some really nice notes from people congratulating me. It’s been an awesome run, and I’m waiting for it to stop, and it keeps going.”

It’s wild enough to do so well in NHC Tour events on back-to-back days, but to do so in a year when he’s already broken out at the NHC and received four solid scores in NHC Tour events is truly unprecedented. Sunday’s win is significant because this year, NHC Tour wins are worth a 25 percent points bonus.

The NHC Tour counts a player’s six best tour scores for the year, assuming at least one comes from an onsite event. Kinchen has yet to accrue an onsite score this year, but he has an ambitious travel schedule planned. All eyes will be on him at the Keeneland live-bankroll contest April 12, his next planned live-contest appearance.

Kinchen’s win Sunday was good news for fifth-place finisher John Strichek, who would have had a tough beat if not for a double-qualified player getting into the top four, thus making him eligible for the Las Vegas seat. Joining Strichek and Kinchen in Vegas will be John Kolodzej, Ryan Flanders, and Stephanie Davis.

The key to the contest undoubtedly was Salsita, the $82.40 winner of Santa Anita’s sixth race. She paid the maximum $64 for contest purposes (win mutuels are capped at 20-1, place mutuels at 10-1).

“She was an interesting alternative in a race that I did not like,” said Kinchen. “The favorite was breaking from the rail going down the hill, which is not where you want to be. Salsita wasn’t my ‘A’ selection, but my ‘A’ selection, Always a Chance, was 3-1, and I did like Salsita too, and she was 41-1.”

For the full leaderboard, check out http://www.nhcqualify.com/leaderboard.aspx?cid=267.

Field set for Round 2 on BCQualify.com

On Saturday, 28 more players won their way into next weekend’s Round 2 BCQualify.com contest. A total of 83 players will compete for seven $10,000 seats, plus travel allowances, to the Breeders’ Cup Betting Challenge, the world’s biggest live-bankroll handicapping contest, to be held over the two days of the Breeders’ Cup at Keeneland.

Saturday’s winner was Michael McIntyre, a BCBC veteran. McIntyre picked a cap horse, Serdynski, in the eighth race at Tampa Bay Downs, the first contest event, and added four more winners and three place horses from there.

Six players will have two entries in the Round 2 contest. John Gamane had two entries on the bubble going into the last race Saturday and snuck one in with the place points on heavy chalk Finnegans Wake in the San Luis Rey at Santa Anita to give him a second berth for next weekend.

Both Patrick Gianforte and Edward Enborg made it top 10 percent finishes two weeks in a row, securing second spots. In the previous two rounds, Garrett Skiba, Robert O’Shea, and Ken Seeman had already won two entries. They will all be at the top of the players-to-watch list Saturday.

For complete results, go to http://www.bcqualify.com/leaderboard.aspx.


Saturday BCQualify.com

Rank Name Total
1 Michael McIntyre $133.80
2 Tim Gasaway $128.00
3 James Harper III $126.80
4 Dana Reiss $124.20
5 Allen Harberg $120.60
6 Frederick Browne $108.40
7 Russ Axelrod $102.60
8 John Kolodzej $99.60
9 Ronald Odom $98.80
10 David Curry $98.40
11 Edward Enborg $96.80
12 Dan Wilde $92.40
13 Dennis Wellar $85.40
14 Jennifer Prince $85.00
15 Rick Broth $84.80
16 Brett Hatcher $84.40
17 Brian Troop $83.40
18 Kevin Kreiser $80.80
19 Michael Ray $80.40
20 Brian Herrity $77.80
21 Mike Elsass $74.00
22 Eugene Spruck $72.60
23 Bill Riehl $72.40
24 Sean Nolan $72.00
25 Douglas Draper $68.00
26 George Chute $67.80
27 John Gamane $67.80
28 Patrick Gianforte $67

All 28 receive berths to the Round 2 contest, where seven players will receive $10,000 seats for the Breeders’ Cup Betting Challenge, along with travel allowances.

Saturday, DRFQualify.com

Rank Name Total Prize
1 David Snead $108.20 $1,700
2 Sam Sample $94.00 $850
3 Karin Brewer $93.60 $660
4 Dan Wilde $86.80 $525
5 Evan Barshack $83.00 $375
6 Lynn Ray $79.40 $280
7 Dave Bryant $78.40 $280
8 George Chute $77.80 $280
9 Steven Mell $75.00 $280
10 Michael Foster $74.20 $280
11 Edward Wright $72.80 $210
12 Wesley Kinman $71.40 $210
13 Tony Calabrese $71.20 $210
14 Ruth Snead $70.00 $210

Sunday, NHCQualify.com

Rank Name Total
1 Jonathon Kinchen* $107.40
2 John Kolodzej $103.70
3 Ryan Flanders $100
4 Stephanie Davis $98.80
5 John Strichek $98

* already double-qualified for NHC
Second- through fifth-place finishers win seats to the National Handicapping Championship, plus travel allowances.

Sunday, DRFQualify.com

Rank Name Total Prize
1 Jason Avila $103.40 $1,500
2 David Peed $100.40 $750
3 James Collins $96.40 $600
4 John Kolodzej $96.20 $470
5 Fabian Sultan $96.00 $350
6 Terrence Severson $92.30 $270
7 Jonathon Kinchen $91.60 $270
8 Michael Foster $91.40 $270
9 Michael Solakis $91.40 $270
10 Michelle McSweeney $87.80 $270
11 Randy Davidson $87.10 $190
12 Steve Wolfson, Sr $87.00 $190

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