03/07/2016 12:53PM

Fornatale: Kinchen sweeps weekend play


Add another impressive accomplishment to the list for Jonathon Kinchen. The 2015 National Handicapping Tour champ became the first player to ever sweep all four contests in the Daily Racing Form universe this past weekend. He won his second seat to the NHC on NHCQualify.com, earned two $4,500 seats to the Ultimate Betting Challenge on DRFQualify.com, and finished first overall in a Round One contest on BCQualify.com.

“It was pretty cool to have that type of success against a lot of other good players,” he said. “It  makes you feel like you’re doing something right.”

Kinchen has pledged to defend his Tour championship in 2016 and the points he’ll get from finishing second in a sold-out online event will help him do that. He was in first heading to the last, but he was denied the outright win – and the Tour points bonus that would have gone with it – by Tour veteran Wendy Long, who played Ohio ($24) in Saturday's seventh race at Santa Anita.

“I loved the horse's works,” Long said, “and that [Gary] Stevens was there for his only mount of the day. I figured I needed 5- or 6-1 to have a chance and was astounded to get 11-1. I was also astounded that no one ahead of me had it!”

Look for stories on both Kinchen and Long later this week on drf.com.

Another familiar name ended up third on NHCQ. Peter Rotondo Jr. of the Breeders’ Cup, one of the stars of "Horseplayers," made six collections on the 12-race contest card. His biggest price was Kings Knight ($28.60) in Gulfstream’s nightcap, the penultimate contest race.

The final NHC seat went to Joe Regan by a mere thirty cents over unlucky fifth-place finisher Anthony Trezza. Trezza was drawing dead into the last as Regan blocked him with his selection of Royal Albert Hall, who ended up second to the aforementioned Ohio.

On DRFQualify.com on Saturday, Kinchen grabbed the third and final qualifying spot behind John Nichols and Southern California jockey agent Bill Sadoo. It’s the second UBC qualification for Nichols. On Sunday, Kinchen finished first from NHC veteran Sean Nolan, with both earning UBC entries.

The UBC is a live-bankroll contest to be held at Gulfstream and Santa Anita on March 19-20. Buy-in for the contest is $4,500. The two final qualifiers for the UBC will occur next weekend on DRFQualify.com.

Sunday saw 25 players – the top 10 percent – advance out of a Round One contest on BCQualify.com. There will be two more Round One contests the next two Sundays where players will put up $100 and the top decile will once again advance. Those players will compete in Round Two on Saturday, March 26, where up to eight players will win their full $10,000 buy-ins to the Breeders’ Cup Betting Challenge, the world’s biggest live-bankroll handicapping contest. For a full list of the players who advanced on Sunday, go to http://www.bcqualify.com/leaderboard.aspx.